1. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

The namesake is an emotional and cultural take and unfolds the story of a Bengali family who immigrates to U.S. from Calcutta. The struggles of the family to adjust to their new life has been deeply explored in the book. It is a must read for teenagers who find it difficult to make decisions when it comes to family and friends.

  1. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The classic novel tells the story of an orphan in heavy literature which may be difficult to understand at first but takes you on a ride of great expectations. The book explores the psychological and moral development of a young boy, Pip and his transition into a mature person. Not only is it a masterpiece but it also tells a tale which is not far from our reality.

  1. To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

This piece of modern American literature discusses some very serious issues like rape and racial inequality. Set in the times of The Great Depression, it is one story that will teach you about life in a way different than others. Three children, how they lose their innocence and their complex lives will teach you more than you were willing to ask.

  1. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Do I even need to say about this? The only thing is if you haven’t read everyone’s favourite ‘Harry Potter’ yet, go and read it before HP fans make you go crazy for not reading it! You don’t wanna be killed by a Cruciatus Curse, do you?

  1. Matilda – Roald Dahl

Matilda is a humorous children’s book that follows the life of

6-year-old Matilda and her relations with her teacher. Matilda uses her telekinesis power to stand up for herself and chooses to stand up for herself. It is an influential story that sends out the message that you should always choose your own family.

  1. Malgudi Days – R.K. Narayan

Malgudi days is used as an extra reader book in many schools today. It is set in the fictional town of Malgudi in South India and the short stories tell simple everyday tales. The book is a delight to read and teaches us that there is so much pleasure in simple & basic things in our life. If you haven’t read it, trust me, your childhood is incomplete.

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly in the fictional town of St. Petersburg. The book is all about his and his friend’s adventures during the summers. A good book that teaches you that life is made to have fun and in the most mischievous ways.

  1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

The book is a young adult book written in epistolary form. The book deals with drug use, inferiority, loneliness, sexuality and the confusing period between teenage and adulthood. The book became a sensation connecting to teenagers on a very deep emotional level. This book for every teenager who finds high school difficult.

  1. The Chronicles Of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of 7 fantasy novels that will take you to an entirely different world of adventure with dragons to centaurs to unicorns and what not! The mesmerising world of Narnia will be an experience of lifetime for any child who believes in magic.

10. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

‘I am Malala’ is the biography of Malala Yousafzai who stood up for female education rights against the terrorist group- Taliban. It is the inspiring story of grace and intelligence & her life since childhood which is a must read to understand the reality of our brutal world.

  1. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book is a collection of fables about a boy Mowgli who lives in a jungle with animals and goes for hunting and swimming with bears and hops from one tree onto another like Tarzan. Mowgli finding home and peace in the middle of a jungle is a story about the importance of family and gives the moral that it really doesn’t matter who this family is as long as you are happy and in the right place.

  1. Divergent series – Veronica Roth

Divergent is a fiction/young adult novel based in a post-apocalyptic world. It teaches a great deal about bravery & making your own career choices to lead a life in your own terms. It explores the adolescent issues of choosing the right career, identifying themselves and overcoming their fears.


But really, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read these books by 18 because you can still pick them up and relive the joy of being a child. As it is said, it is never too late to read, so go on and enjoy! 😉

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