10 Book Recommendations for Beginners

I have been asked to recommend books for beginners on various occassions by people who wish to start reading. There are so many good and easy reads to begin with that I was confused what books to suggest.

Here’s a few that I think many can sit through as a starting book. 😀 😀

1. Any book from the famous five series by Enid Blyton

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Childrens’ Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

I have only read one and it was literally the first novel that I ever read. It is a series of children’s adventure novels. It features a group of 4 young children- Julian, Dick, Anne, and Georgina aka George and their dog, Timmy.

Why read? There are 21 books in the series to choose from, you can have your pick based on the setting, as they aren’t dependent on each other you can read any book from the 21 books. The books fall roughly between 200-300 pages so they are not too much or too less for a beginner.

 

2. Chocolate Guitar Momos by Kenny Deori Basumatary

choc gui momosContemporary Romance

This book starts with Joseph who is a young aspiring musician, getting kicked out of a relationship by his third girlfriend. He believes that relationships won’t work unless they are destined to be. So, he decides to track down a girl who smiled at him from across a bus stop eight years ago. The only thing that he remembers is that she was wearing a grey skirt. He knows nothing, not her name, not her address, he doesn’t even remember her face.

Why read? There are so many funny moments in this book, the writing style is raw, it will keep you hooked in, the ending is sad which perfectly balances the light-heartedness going on. It has some really creative insults that will leave you giggling like a kid saying a curse word for the first time. 😛

3. Diary of a young girl- Anne Frank

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Non- Fiction

Most of us either had a chapter based on this book or on Anne’s father Otto Frank in our English books. In the back of our minds we already have our interests sparked because we are a little familiar with this book, thanks to our academics. It shows a simplistic, individualistic account of a part of the Nazi period of history, not the political, public view but a glimpse in lives of humans who were the most affected by it.

Why read? Because it is in the form of a diary (addressed as Dear Kitty) it is much easier to read as beginners than other books and much meaningful to experience.

4. The fault in our stars by John Green

tfiosYoung Adult, Fiction

The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl with cancer. Her parents force her to attend a cancer patient support group where she meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to cancer and wears a prosthetic. There is an emphasis on metaphors in this book that became a representing feature of the book.

Why read? This book is a beautiful journey, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, The ending is totally unexpected, it took a really sad turn. (Ofcourse) The first book that made me cry. 😛 😛

5. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

1000 splendid sunsFiction

This, despite being fiction, feels real when you read it, maybe because it was somewhere inspired by reality. This book focuses on 2 female characters- Mariam and Laila and their lives and struggles in Afghanistan when taliban was in power.

Why read? This again is an individualistic take on a mass affecting circumstance and event. This book touches various aspects of reality and dynamics of various relations written in a way that keeps a reader reading.

6. Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

between the linesFairy Tale, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

A 15 year old teenager, Delilah finds this fairy tale in a library and becomes obsessed with it. She is a bookworm and kind of an introvert. The fairy tale is called “Between the lines” and is about Prince Oliver. She has a punky, rock bff who is fun to read about.

Her dad divorced her mom when she was a baby, being lonely she confides her worries to Prince Oliver and guess what… he talks back. To cut a long story short, they fall in love.

Why read? A fairy tale inside a fairy tale. A fresh concept, it is an interesting read and fairy tales are fairly easy to read, most of us have read or been read to.

7. What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

This book is about the self discovery of a 17 year old girl, named Mclean Sweet. She hates the fact that her parents divorced and her mom married her dad’s favorite basketball team’s new coach, Peter Hamilton. Her dad’s job makes them move a lot, she decides to take on a different persona each time, creating a new name for herself, a new personality, a new Ume page. (similar to a Facebook profile)
On the 4th move, she somehow ends up being herself, she makes a lot of friends and is truly happy but then her secret is revealed and everything starts going downhill.

Why read?  It’s a journey of self discovery written in a very engaging manner. The flow of the story is good, the stories of the supporting characters make Mclean’s story more enjoyable.

8. P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

ps i love youFiction, Romance

This story revolves around Holly and Gerry, a married couple. They are deeply in love but they fight occassionally. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her and how insignificant their arguments were.
Holly is grief stricken and she withdraws from her friends and family. She loses herself. Then the letters start to arrive. They are from Gerry, each signed at the end with p.s. I love you.

Why read? This is a touching story about love and the strength of true love. This is about being there for the people you love even when the circumstances are not favorable. The curiosity of what each letter contains will keep you reading. You will feel the emotions that Holly goes through and even though this book is 500 pages, I think it is an easy read.
Romances are generally easy reads and the anticipation of Gerry’s next letter will keep you going.

9. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

amy rogerFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

The story is about Amy Curry, who is not happy with her life. Her dad died in a car accident and now she has to take a cross-country drive, because her mom decided to move from California to amy roger playlistConnecticut, with Roger who is her mom’s friend’s son. Amy hasn’t seem him in years but the road trip develops a bond between them.

Why read? The story is written in a very nice and visually pleasing format, the narrative is accompanied with scraps from the road such as bills, tickets, playlists, etc.
The book is not just filled with words but as relative visuals too so it will hold a beginner’s attention.

10. Asylum- 13 tales of terror by Matt Drabble

asylumHorror, Fiction

This is a collection of 13 short stories about the residents of Blackwater Heights, a mental health hospital. These 13 tales tie into a single main story regarding Martin Parcell, who is an ex-journalist and wanted to be an author, after a car crash’s injury he is forced to take a custodian’s position is Blackwater Heights.
Martin is deeply troubled as the tales unfold before him and is worried about his own sanity.

Why read? It’s a really well written book, the author knows how to make you feel his words. This book gave me real chills. Being written as short stories, it mentally prepares a beginner to read one more and one more and when all the stories tie into a single story you get the sense of reading a complete novel without the pressure of reading a full fledged novel. I feel like rereading it right now. 😛


These are my recommendations as of now. If you would life to watch it in video format click on the pictures. ( I divided it in 2 parts because I explained it all a bit more aka going on rambling. 😛 )

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10 POPULAR SERIES I HAVEN’T READ

There are tons and tons of book series I haven’t read… unfortunately. I try to read them all but the popular series are usually the ones that get ignored by me. Most of them have been made into movies and TV series.

Today, I thought it would be fun to make me feel sorry for not having read these series as well as sigh at my illogical logic for not having read them.  I might also be able to make sense of what percentage of these is because of peer pressure and the popularity of the series and what series would I actually like reading.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

Everyone and their mothers are shook when I say I haven’t read Harry Potter. Now the reason is the popularity and intense fandom of this series. The fandom is so vast and so firm believers in the Harry Potter world that it intimidates me to kind of form my own opinions. I kind of have read a lot of fan theories and memes… yes, the memes, so I am already biased towards some of the characters and know most of the stuff that happens. That might also be because of the fact that I’ve already watched most of the movies.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This book series has always been on the back of my mind, like I want to read it but I am not actively seeking to read it. Like, if I have nothing else I might pick it up. I am going to need external intervention to actually read this series.

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This one is because of the fact that I saw kids go into Narnia through a cupboard on TV as a kid. I never watched the whole movie but for some reason, it has just stayed with me and for the purpose of closure I want to read and watch the series.

  1. A song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

What is this series about? I don’t know.
Why do I want to read it? I don’t know.

I bet it’s because of the popularity of the author that’s drawing me towards it.

Guess what… it is the series of which Game of Thrones is a part of. Game of Thrones, that thing everyone’s crazy about, people have been forcing me to watch the series more than to read the books. How used to know it as The Game of Thrones series. How dumb is that?

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Most of the people love to hate Twilight. It’s one of the series that everyone read and enjoyed when they were a kid but as they grew up they became embarrassed of the fact that they enjoyed it, so now they go out of their ways to tell anyone who would listen, how much they hate this series. I recently found out through a classmate, who is a fan of Twilight, the movies, not the books, she doesn’t read, that twilight fans or fandom is called “Twihards.” I googled it just before writing this blog post and shooting a YouTube video on this topic, the dedicated names to groups of people is really very interesting.

Now, I will just club the sixth and seventh series on my list because they are by the same author.

  1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Have you seen how much every other Booktuber, Book Blogger, and Bookstagrammer loves Cassandra Clare and her writing style. I think people love The Mortal Instruments a bit more than the Infernal Devices. I have read 2 chapters from the first book of The Mortal Instruments i.e. City of Bones and I really liked it so I guess I might pick it up soon enough.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I feel this is another Harry Potter situation to me, not that strong but somewhere along the lines. It starts off as a children’s book and then is consumed by all adults and honestly I do not lean much towards Mythology, so there’s that.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Now, this is a retelling of fairy tales and I am interested to read this because… have you seen the covers? They are gorgeous and so interesting. This series to me seems like it rose to fame pretty quick but the hype died down before the whole chronicles was even out. One day it was in every Booktuber’s video and the next day nobody was talking about it. But I really do want to read this.

  1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass

This series pulls off another Cassandra Clare for me. The same reasons honestly, everyone loves Sarah J. Mass and the Throne of Glass series, so I am tempted to find out what it’s all about.

Here are the 10 popular series that I haven’t read but want to. If you are planning to read or reread any of the series, do let me know so that we can buddy read. You can read me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or comment on my blog post or on my YouTube video.

Click on the image to watch the video. (Isn’t the thumbnail dramatic? 😛  I laughed when I created it. 😛 )

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Review | Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese blood by J.W.Durrah

Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese Blood: Book One

 

Title: Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese Blood
Author: J.W.Durrah
Series: Yes (Book one)

Genre: Crime, Thriller
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Publishing date: 11th Aug, 2015
Pages: 457

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

When NYPD detective Jacob Jennings signs on for a three-year tour with the US Army’s Military Intelligence unit, he expects to be deployed to Vietnam like his father before him. Instead, Jennings finds himself working a complex undercover sting in cooperation with the Chinese police.

The drug, cherry berry is the hot new topic on the streets of Hong Kong, and while dealers and gang members insist the drug is real, no one seems to have seen it and it is not for sale there. All that’s known is it’s powerfully addictive, made in Hong Kong, and it causes horrifying physical side effects to certain users.

Infiltrating the Chinese Blood gang and posing as an American hustler, Jacob draws closer to the drug’s suspected creator, the high-ranking medical research scientist Dr. Wo Ling Cheung. Cheung’s association with Jerry Baofung, a much-feared sorcerer, is unclear to others but not to Jennings.

Having been raised by his grandmother teaching him the occult, Jacob is unwilling to dismiss Baofung’s power as superstitious fakery. Sorcery, Jacob believes is the obvious contribution Baofung would make to the creation of cherry berry.

Tracking this drug to its source, Jacob realizes he’s running out of time because Cheung plans to unleash it on the streets of New York where he is already catering the drug to a dangerous clientele with unusual tastes and compulsions.


My Take:

I will first start with the way the book felt… I don’t know why but I have always liked holding big books. It makes me feel like a grown up lady, de-stressing herself after a day of work. The page layout feels so good to me, though the font size is small and was affecting my poor eyes but I think if it was any bigger then the book would have been more bigger meaning I would’ve been intimidated by it’s size.

This is currently a busy time for me so I was anyways intimidated by it’s 457 pages stature. I kept it aside to read it for holidays. I’ve preparatory leave now, which apparently is for studying for my semester exams but, oh well! 😛 😛

The first line of the book was an interesting start.

Jacob Jenning’s grandparents, Elizabeth Bonaveau and Paul Jennings, were opposites.

At first I thought that might be their personality but then I felt that might be their race and I wasn’t wrong. The very next line stated what opposites stood for.

Paul was born in North Carolina on a farm in a poor black area. Elizabeth Bonveau was born in an exclusively white area in Slautir, Louisiana.

After some weeks, finding his evenings free, Paul enrolled in Elizabeth’s class to earn his high school diploma, thinking to perhaps improve his station in life. His kind, farm-boy nature was so beguiling in its innocence to Elizabeth that she fell in love with him almost immediately.

The words chose to make sentences are well thought. The story flowed effortlessly. The reading was easy and fast. I didn’t have to drag myself through it. It has been some time since I received this book so when I picked it up and read the title I doubted that I would like this book, then I read the summary and remembered why I agreed to review this book. I will tell you the reason in a bit. 😛

As an infant, Jacob Jennings was ill tempered, but his tantrums never upset his grandparents, Paul or Elizabeth, especially Elizabeth who realized that such temperament was a natural part of a child born with Jacob’s probable gifts. As years passed, Jacob replaced his tantrums with phases of “distancing himself” to show his displeasure with someone or something. But he soon proved himself to be a precocious but solitary child.

There’s just a passing mention of magic like it’s secondary to all the action happening, in the summary, but when you read the book, magic is a huge part of the book. The magic bits were very interesting to read about.

“I do understand, Grandma. I think that maybe I love magic so much that I am just sometimes too eager to continue learning.”

Jacob has to team up with Asian police authorities and students of sorcerer Yongli Baofung who are known as “Children of the Dark.” Jacob navigates their world with powers of his own. He grew up learning the art of Dark Magic which is what is there for him against the occult evil forces.

The element of love, ahh… now the story’s complete! 😛

There was no doubt that, albeit his first time, he was on the old well-traveled rote of love and he could hope was that…
… he was not walking it alone.

All in all, I liked the book. Here are some sneak-peak snippets. To be honest, there would have been a lot more but I totally forgot to mark passages because I was so into the story.

“Jake with Secrets not only one who got secrets.” She crossed her legs, lit a cigarette and blew the smoke directly into his face. “You know?” Again she blew more smoke in his face. “We can hide our secrets like American butterflies do.” She tried to blow more smoke at him, instead she choked on the next mouthful. Ginger was not a real smoker and he knew she only did it occasionally in order to appear sophisticated and even then she only knew how to puff the cigarette and blow out the smoke.

Why the summary appealed to me was because the book was all suspense and mystery in the summary regarding a new drug that ironically has a seemingly harmless name, Cherry Berry; involvement of black magic in the mix? Well, it did work out well! 😉

Jacob was stunned. He picked up the packet and examined it.
“This is the cherry berry everyone is looking for?” He said it before he realized but now the terrible mistake was the elephant in the room.
Dr. Cheung grew a very broad smile and intertwined his fingers.
“Oh? I was not aware that anyone was seeking this product. And you say that everyone wants the cherry berry? How interesting.”
“Well, the word on the street is that the name is an enigma, something that people talk about but no one has any real knowledge of. It’s more like a legend, I imagine, than anything else.”

Why do authors always end good stories with cliffhangers? This surely has an interesting end. I couldn’t stop myself from sharing it but to still keep you guys interested I won’t write the name of whoever dies. 😛 😛

…*****’* ashes had burnt into flames… and something was rising from them.


Why would I pick it up?

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When you pick this book up, you are in for a ride. You’ll get more than you expected and the variation and the numerous elements of the book are a good touch. ❤

 

 

 

Blog tour | Book Spotlight and Excerpt | For the Love of Dixie by Shyla Colt

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “For the Love of Dixie” by Shyla Colt , hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. 🙂 


 
For the Love of Dixie (Kings of Chaos, #3)

For the Love of Dixie
by Shyla Colt
Genre: Contemporary Romance

After having her heart broken by Echo, Dixie Dunn makes a new life for herself, away from the Kings Of Chaos. Now, she must return in order to get her stubborn father back to fighting shape after a heart attack. She knows she’ll have to face Echo, as he has made it clear over the years that she still belongs to him. But she refuses to give him any chance to crush her heart again.

Echo, Joel Spencer knows that Dixie hates him, but he also knows she yearns for him. After being forced by his hateful father to practically leave her at the altar when they were teens, he realizes that he has his work cut out for him. One thing is on his side, he knows what she wants and needs. This time, he WILL make her his again, and to hell with whoever gets in his way.


 

Author’s Bio:

Shyla Colt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived a variety of different places thanks to her wanderlust, interesting careers, and marriage to a United States Marine. She’s always loved books and wrote her very first novel at the age of fifteen. She keeps a copy of her first submission letter on her desk for inspiration.
After a lifetime of traveling, she settled down and knew her time had come to write. Diving into her new career like she does everything else, with enthusiasm, research and a lot of prayers, she had her first book published in June of 2011. As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there’s never a dull moment in her household.
She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company. A self-professed rebel with a pen. Her goal is to diversify romance as she continues to genre hop, and offer up strong female characters.
You can interact with Shyla Colt online via her website

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EXCERPT

Echo

My father was a proud example of what a King of Chaos should be: loyal, strong, and ready to take care of business, or defend his own. At one time, he was the apple of my damn eye. I didn’t realize till much later in life how fucked up his views were.

We lost my grandfather in his prime to a fucking robbery of all things. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and caught a bullet to the brain. They found the guy; a black man strung out on heroin. I think that’s where his bullshit beliefs about keeping races separate, and blacks being inferior started.

Growing up, I thought he wanted to protect us from people who meant us harm. It was a familiar concept I could accept because it was an extension of us versus them. Civilians and the club. Then I saw how he treated Dixie Rose. Suddenly, I understood what he felt and taught was corrupt and wrong. A hate that knew no bounds. It wasn’t about him protecting those he loved from the outside world, or the people who’d hurt Grandpa. It was an uncontrollable hate for anyone with the wrong color of skin. It screwed with me, divided my loyalties. I’d always been drawn to Dixie Rose. She was a brilliant ray of sunshine, always laughing and smiling. I never understood why my father acted so gruff with her. I made a career of hiding our relationship. Maybe that’s why I thought I could have my cake and eat it too.

I was dead fucking wrong.

Parked in my car like a little bitch afraid to face the consequences of his actions, I try to form a plan. We’re welcoming Hoss back into the fold officially. It’s the perfect diversion to get her alone. With all the carrying on, I can get her back to my dorm. She’s angry and obstinate, the only way I can get her to sit still long enough to speak with me is by force. I can’t blame her really. I fucked us royally. I’d make good on it if she would let me.

I need to prove to her I’ve changed.

I wasn’t the man she needed me to be before. That’s changed. Ready to get things started, I step from the car and amble inside.

I walk through the club, shaking off the questing hands of the blonde I’d been nailing on a regular basis. The years apart have only reinforced that. I spot her in the corner sipping on a bottle of beer as she watches Slick line up a shot.

Her hair is pulled up on top of her head revealing her slender neck. The swell of her full breasts in the form fitting black tank top with the KOC emblem and the tight black pants have my dick twitching. She looks like royalty. Her face isn’t caked with makeup … there’s a delicate beauty to her. With her full lips painted red, and the fringe of eyelashes accentuating those brown orbs that never miss a thing, she is a goddess to me.

She’s a part of it, but separate. I want to change that. She deserves to be immersed in the culture she was born to. I walk up on her blindside and lean against the wall beside her.

“Here I thought you weren’t going to show,” she drawls.

“Good to know you were looking for me,” I say.

She scowls. “Don’t flatter yourself. I like to know where my enemies are.”

“I’m many things, but your enemy has never been one of them.”

“I don’t know, people who hurt me aren’t my friends.”

Her words hit their target, but I refuse to let it show. “Not what you said the last time we had a run in.”

“So, you make my pussy wet. You taught me all I know; it’s a matter of muscle memory.”

I lean down and whisper in her ear, “Fucking bullshit.”

“I’m sorry, did I hurt your feelings?” she retorts.

“Takes more than that. I want to bring this shit out in the open.”

“What?” She blinks owlishly. “No, you can’t do that. I won’t let you do that.”

“You think you control me?”

“Fuck this.” I lift her up and toss her over my shoulder.