Fiction books are nothing but an escape from reality. If you’re looking for a compelling narrative or a backstory that intrigues you, check out our top recommendations here.
What’s even better is that you can carry all of them on your digital device. Hop on to experience all human emotions to the extremes with these fiction books. The twisted plots, strong characters, and great storylines with a hint of history bring out the best in these narratives. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do.
Best Fiction Books to Read
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1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Written by Khaled Hosseini, this book revolves around the life of a 15-year-old girl Miriam. She is sent off to her father’s place after her mother’s death and is forced to marry a shoemaker from Kabul who is 30 years older than her. While living there, she meets another young girl named Laila, with whom she bonds well. The two plan to break free from the life they lead but are caught and locked. After the Taliban takes over, their lives become a struggle against starvation, fear, and brutality.
Love and loyalty are the main themes of this book that drive each character in this novel.
2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
This set contains all three books in the LOTR series – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Besides having hyperlinked footnotes and page references, it also contains three detailed maps for reference. Popular among teens and adults alike, this book narrates the story of the Dark Lord – Sauron, who has gathered all the rings of power to rule the middle earth. However, he still needs the one ring that rules them all. Young Frodo Baggins, the protector of this ring, must infiltrate the Dark Lord’s territory and destroy it to ruin his plans.
This book is truly a masterpiece. Right from the language to its characters and scene depiction, everything is absolutely on point.
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laurie is a 16-year-old blind girl who lives in Paris with her father. He has constructed a scaled-down model of their neighbourhood to acquaint her with the surroundings. Miles away from her, in Germany, lives an orphan – Werner Pfenning, who works in a coal mine. He has a natural skill for repairing radios and a knack for engineering that bags him a job at a military academy. When the Germans invade France, Marie and her father are forced to flee to Saint Malo to take refuge with her uncle. While on a mission to hunt down German broadcasts, Werner gets trapped in a pile of broken building fragments. And all he has to stay alive is Marie’s radio broadcast in which she reads from her Jules Verne novel – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, written in Braille.
The book contrasts the imagery of darkness and light by placing vision and sight, and good and evil together.
4. 1984 by George Orwell
This novel revolves around the life of Winston Smith – a low ranking member of London’s ruling party. His life is under screening at all times of the day. Frustrated by his party’s oppressive supreme leaders, he illegally purchases a diary to write his thoughts. He soon meets Julia and falls in love with her. Their affair is kept under covers to ensures no one from the party knows about it. But his pretty little secret soon gets out, and Winston is brainwashed to favour the party instead of opposing them.
This book narrates how a man is forced to lose his identity by following a repressive regime.
5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels
Written by Amor Towels, this book narrates the story of an aristocrat, Count Alexander Rostov. He is sent to Moscow’s Metropol Hotel under house arrest for the rest of his life. Owing to this sentence, he is soon moved from his luxurious suite in the hotel to a single room attic, where coping up with the new circumstances seems tiresome. This makes him restless, and he is forced to spend his days reading, visiting the barber, drinking at the bar, or dining at restaurants purposelessly.
This book is all about the limits imposed by the affluent parties and a human’s resilience to face adversity.
6. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
This novel by Franz Kafka narrates the story of a travelling salesman. Gregor Samsa wakes up to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect. He tries to shun this thought away, but the reality speaks otherwise. This metamorphosis takes a toll on his schedule and work.
This book explores themes like separation and family responsibility entwined with comical elements.
7. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
This novel by JD Salinger starts with its narrator – Holden Caulfield describing his student life at Pencey Prep school in Pennsylvania. Holden has been expelled from the school owing to his consistent failure in four out of five subjects. To make his life exciting, he travels to New York City, rents a room in a cheap hotel, and arranges for a visit from a prostitute named Sunny. Holden wishes to talk to her but is punched in the stomach by Sunny and her keeper. The next day he sneaks into his family’s apartment and talks to his younger sister, Phoebe, about how he wishes to protect the children who fall off a cliff while playing. Two days later, they leave for the zoo, where Holden experiences happiness for the first time throughout the narrative.
This book’s plot is based on the primary virtue of innocence that everyone must possess.