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12:00 AM, June 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 02, 2020

It’s reading time!

This period of quarantine and lockdown has definitely redefined and reshaped our lives. While each individual is praying and hoping for all of this to be over, this stay-at-home period has given us all a different perspective of our own selves. We are getting more individual space and ‘me-time,’ and many of us are utilising this by trying out new things or just pursuing an old hobby — cooking, painting, yoga, meditation, or reading. Sticking to the idea of reading, if you are not sure which book to read or looking for recommendations, here is a list that you should definitely try out.


Every Breath, The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks); It Ends with Us (Colleen Hoover); Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire); Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell); A Long Petal of the Sea (Isabel Allende); The Proposal, The Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory); Call Me by Your Name (Andre Aciman); Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell); The Hating Game (Sally Thorne).

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Thriller and Crime Fiction

Are you Afraid of the Dark, The Silent Widow, After the Darkness (Sidney Sheldon); The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Inferno (Dan Brown); Dead Letters (Catie Dolan-Leach); Gone Girl (Gilliam Flynn); The Widow (Fiona Barton); Strangers (Dean Koontz); The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins); The Annotated Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler); The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides); The Long Call (Ann Cleeves); Black 13 (Adam Hamdy); Girl in Room 105 (Chetan Bhagat).

Horror and Supernatural Fiction

Carrie, The Shining, The Outsider, The Institute (Stephen King); At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft); The Hunger (Alma Katsu); The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson); Beloved (Toni Morrison); Bird Box (Josh Malerman); Come Closer (Sara Gran); The Drowning Girl (Caitlin R. Kiernan); The Fifth Child (Doris Lessing); The Invited (Jennifer McMahon); Moon Called (Patricia Briggs).

Science Fiction

Neuromancer (William Gibson); Hyperion (Dan Simmons); Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky); The Martian (Andy Weir); Borne (Jeff VanderMeer); The Time Machine (H. G. Wells); Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card); Dune (Frank Herbert); The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood); Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury); Ancestral Night (Elizabeth Bear); Children of Time, Children of Ruin (Adrian Tchaikovsky).

Youth and Young Adult novels

Fault in our Stars, Paper Towns (John Green); Perks of being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky); The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton); The Book Thief (Markus Zusak); All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven); The Truth about Forever (Sarah Dessen); A Separate Peace (John Knowles); Five Point Someone, Half Girlfriend (Chetan Bhagat); Two can keep a Secret (Karen M. McManus).

Spiritual books

Like the Flowing River, Manuscript found in Accra, The Witch of Portobello (Paulo Coelho); The Power of Now, A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle); The Untethered Soul (Michael A. Singer); The Secret (Rhonda Byrne); The CelestialProphecy (James Redfield); A Return to Love (Marianne Williamson); Way of thePeaceful Warrior (Dan Millman); The Book of Awakening (Mark Nepo).

Travel books

The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho); The Great Railway Bazaar, Dark StarSafari (Paul Theroux); Round the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne); Down Under (Bill Bryson); In Patagonia (Bruce Chatwin); A short walk in the Hindu Kush (Erik Newby); Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert); Vagabonding (Rolf Potts); Blue Highways (William Least Heat-Moon).


The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien); Divergent trilogy (Veronica Roth); The Chronicles of Narnia series (C.S. Lewis); Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins); The Gunslinger (Stephen King); Prince of Thorns (Mark Lawrence); A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin); Assassin's Apprentice (Robin Hobb); The Magicians (Lev Grossman); Children of Blood and Bone, Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Tomi Adeyemi).

Kindle, Google e-bookstore, and Project Gutenberg are some great e-book platforms with the availability of a wide range of books. You can download the pdf or even read online.

You can even order books online. Some bookshops here, like Worthy books BD, The Reading Café, Golpo, and The Bookshelf are taking orders amidst the lockdown and delivering books with the best possible care for hygiene and within very reasonable prices.

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