Your Summer Reading List

By Aditya Roy

July 12, 2020

Summer months are here, and so are our planned vacations. Some of us might be planning for a group outing to a famous hill station, while some of us must be willing to go to a nice resort, and spend some quality in nature’s lap. 

However, there are also some amongst us who just like to resort to cozy corners and finish that long pending novel or perhaps start a new one. So, here are top 5 books to read this summer.

You can always feel free to grab a copy of them and take a quick read when you are travelling along with your family and pals. As they say, books are your best companions. 


1. King of Scars : Leigh Bardugo

The first in a planned duology, “King of Scars” reintroduces us to Nikolai, a charming young king, and Zoya, commander of the Grisha Army, whose power and beauty are equally fierce. 

Together they are trying to guide their nation toward stability after a devastating civil war.

They have their work cut out for them. Zoya copes with her own battle scars, but Nikolai has a graver affliction. Torture at his enemies’ hands made him host to a vicious demon.

 His ability to control the monster wanes every day, so he and Zoya embark on a journey to purify him of his curse.

A must read for the folks who like fantasy novels with a tinge of reality involved. 

But even those who undertake the journey for the first time will be captivated by a richly detailed and refreshingly diverse world inhabited by individuals who, who with all their magical talents, are still humans.

2. The Art of War : Thomas Cleary

Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought.

Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life.

The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.

Thomas Cleary’s translation of Sun Tzu’s 2,000-year-old The Art of Warmakes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts.

‘To win without fighting is best,’ Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership.

3. The Prince : Niccolo Machavelli

Anyone who aspires to be a great leader in personal as well as professional life, must read this book. The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. It includes 26 chapters and an opening dedication to Lorenzo de Medici.

The dedication declares Machiavelli’s intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family.

Few books have garnered as much controversy during their existence as The Prince. It has been banned by the Catholic Church, seen as cynical by many, and was the basis for the naming of one of the worst psychological traits a person can have-Machiavellianism. 

This is the book that gave us such quotes as “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot have both”, and “The ends justify the means”. History’s greatest how-to-rule guide has also been one of the most widely reviled books of all time.

4. Me before you : Jojo Moyes

We all know how movie makes take the creative liberty and leave out some of the important and exciting stuff from the actual adaptation. So, even if you have seen the movie, you must still read this book by Jojo Moyes.

Me Before You is a romance novel written by Jojo Moyes. The book was first published on 5 January 2012 in the United Kingdom.

A sequel titled After You was released 29 September 2015 through Pamela Dorman Books. A second sequel, Still Me, was published in January 2018.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life steady boyfriend, close family who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village.

She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is bossy—but Louisa refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

5. The God of small things : Arundhati Roy

It’s never to late on catch up on something which was the best seller of late 90s. This epic creation by Booker award winner Arundhati Roy is exceptional in many ways.

The novel opens with Rahel‘s return to Ayemenem after hearing that her twin brother, Estha, has come home. We switch to the funeral of Sophie Mol, when the twins are seven years old.

Rahel believes that Sophie is awake during her funeral and buried alive. The rest of the family refuses to acknowledge the twins and Ammu. On the train ride back to Ayemenem, Ammu cannot speak except to say “He’s dead … I’ve killed him.” 

Did you like our list? Feel free to drop a comment below, and enjoy the summers.!!!

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