It’s finally a free day. It’s raining outside, the raindrops falling swiftly. I sit on a cozy couch in the balcony surrounded by cushions. There’s a cup of coffee and some hot snacks near me. It’s the perfect setting.
For what? You may ask. For reading a book. Bookaholics out there! I have got it right, haven’t I? Some days this atmosphere makes you want to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the 50th time. The book is guaranteed to bring back a sense of nostalgia. It reminds us of the time in our childhood, when we just couldn’t keep it down. Or perhaps, it’s during your 50th read that the book strikes a different chord.
Some other days you feel like catching up on books you never got a chance to read. Some books may turn out to be light and breezy. It relaxes you and leaves you in a happy mood. The book ‘To All The Boys I Have Loved Before’, left me in such a state.
Then comes the villains among books. The ones in which your favorite characters are killed or the ones that retell the horror tales of cruelty. Once you are done reading the book, you are left pondering about it. There’s a high chance you might end up in tears and wishing you never started reading the book in the first place. Here are a few such books I have come across.
1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Warning: Be prepared to cry your heart out. Make sure you have a box of tissues within a hand’s reach.
The book beautifully crafted by Jodi Picoult explores human relationships and emotions. With each chapter being allotted to the any one of the main characters, the author takes the storyline forward by treading deeply into each character’s perspective. In the story, Sara’s daughter Kate is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. If Kate has to survive, her sister Anna has to donate her kidney. But Anna refuses to. She even files a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation. However both the parents and the judge are left in a state of moral dilemma. They just can’t seem to figure out what’s right and wrong. Parents are usually expected to act according to their child’s best interests. But, sometimes what’s right for one child can become fatal to the other. The book speaks about the wide-spread space between Morals and Ethics. It’s quite an engaging and gripping book.
2. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This book by John Green is quite popular among young adults and teenagers. Hazel Grace, a cancer patient meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor at a meeting. The love story that unfolds between Augustus and Hazel showed us a love that is real and solid unlike the usual teen romances. ‘Okay’ became a code word among couples and we all tried to make our own little infinity within our finite time. The letter from Augustus reduced all of us to tears, even those who got till the point without shedding tears.
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Book written by Khaled Hosseini revolves around a family in Taliban ruled Afghan. Mariam, the main character is married off at quite a young age to an older man. Even though she faces marital abuse, Mariam is enraged when her husband marries another woman much younger than her. As fate may have it, a turn of events lead to Mariam and her husband’s new wife developing a strong bond and looking after each other from their abusive husband. Set against the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Hosseini manages to capture the readers and bring them right into the warfield and understand the struggles of the common man. As we finally close the book, we look around us and find ourselves far more luckier than we realised.
4. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Another beautiful love story between a wealthy, popular teenager Landon and the quiet and religious Jamie. The Nicholas Sparks novel is sure to strike your heart at all the right places. However, Landon is left in shock when he discovers that Jamie is suffering from a terminal disease and has less than a year to live. Landon does everything possible to help Jamie, even fulfilling her greatest wish.
5. P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
The book unlike the others start off with a tragedy. In the novel by Cecelia Ahern, Holly and Gerry, childhood sweethearts are happily married and leading a good life. Unexpectedly, Gerry is diagnosed with a brain tumor and passes away. Gerry leaves Holly with a bunch of letters to help her get through the grief of living without the love of her life.
6. The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore
Though not a book, this story by Rabindranath Tagore left me weeping. I read the story when I was 8 or 9 and I remember crying throughout that night. For me, the thought of Ratan being left alone in the lonely rural town was too much to bear. Oh what I wouldn't have given up for the Postmaster to take Ratan along with him.