My 5 Favourite Reads of All Time

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And nothing says winter like curling back with a hot cuppa joe, or hot chocolate and reading a book under the covers. Even though sometimes you don’t get time in a busy schedule, I like to out a few days a month aside to sit down and read. If you haven’t tried it, I’ll tell you this – reading really helps you heal your soul. A lot of people often think it is a tedious task to read but what you don’t realize is how unbelievably therapeutic sitting down with a book can be. Know all those people in your head that you want to be? I just choose to live through books and their characters experiencing things I might never even know about. So for today, here are some of my favourite reads:

1. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

This one is and will be on top of my list till someone else comes up with something more awe inspiring. If you have an innate love for Rumi and want something that will really touch your heart, then definitely pick this one up. It is written exceptionally and the concepts defined in this book are beyond mesmerizing.

2. Mothsmoke by Mohsin Hamid

A one of its kind masterpiece, I call it that because it was raw, pure, talent mixed with the illusion of our society. The most brilliant part is how the author shows you a side of Pakistan you might have never seen before. It is also one of the most iconic books to come out of Pakistan since with this novel Mohsin Hamid was able to chalk a path for many authors that would stem from Pakistan. And it is a very twisted love story too, if you’re into those kinds of things.

3. Trespassing by Uzma Aslam Khan

Do you like the kind of movies that seem to be going in one direction but then as you approach the end of the movie it’s like WHAM something totally unexpected, crazy and senile happens? This is one particular book that totally does that to you. I obviously don’t want to give too much away but considering Uzma Aslam Khan is yet another author that hails from good ol’ Pakistan, support the talent, go grab this book. It is beautifully written, with the cities and scenery described to perfection and yet again a beautiful love story with an unimaginably weird twist.

4. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

A known best seller, this book I hear is also going to be turned into one EPIC movie starring Johnny Depp and Amitabh Bacchan perhaps? What makes this the MOST exciting part of my list? It is a true recount of Gregory David Roberts, who happens to be an escaped convict from Australia. That’s right, a heroin addict and bank robber who managed to escape from prison and find himself in none other than India. Though it is a task to get through this one, you will be awe struck over and over again.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

If you haven’t read the book, I bet you’ve watched the movie? If you’ve done neither, then do both. Even though this is more a young adults book, I feel everyone should read it once in their life. Detailing the life and times of a teenager who has recently moved to a new school, this book takes you through every emotion you must have felt in those years whether you were popular, unpopular or a nerd. And much like many of the other books on the list, it chronicles things that are sometimes to hard to understand or register. A beautiful book, full of beautiful characters, this is another one of my most faves!

Even though a list of five books is not nearly enough to summarize my love of books because I don’t love only these five. I do believe everyone should have a study stacked with endless reading and sometimes one should lock themselves in there until they have read something that would leave an everlasting impact on their lives and minds. If you are an avid reader, don’t forget to leave me comments to tell me which ones are some of your favourite! Until next Monday, have a good one.