Here is a list of eight books to read to lift up your mood.
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Lara is a twenty-seven-year-old girl. At the funeral of her great-aunt Sadie, she gets visited by her ghost and receives a demand. Lara unravels a lot in this journey and also gets entangled in a love story of her own. An engaging, funny and happening story.
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
A satisfying remedy for pandemic anxiety. An inept bank robber accidentally interrupts an apartment open house, taking the would-be buyers hostage. This leads to hours of confusion, revelations and connections. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and will also help you restore your faith in humanity.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, takes you through Scout Finch’s perspective of racism and prejudice in Southern America. It is an unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. It was published in 1960 and was instantly successful.
- The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love tells two parallel stories that mirror each other across two very different cultures and seven intervening centuries. It is not an easy story that Elif Shafak tells, there are costs she seems to say, to living an authentic life. But, as the novel shows, the costs of not living one are far greater.
- The old man and his god by Sudha Murthy
The author goes about her work with the villagers, common men and women of India, listens to their stories and records them. This novel is a collection of snapshots of the varied facets of human nature, struggles and hardships. A mirror to the souls of people of India.
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Now a major motion picture, Eat Pray Love is a story in which a divorced woman in her thirties goes for a quest and finds enlightenment in her journey. It is a defining work of memoir and will inspire women to take a bold step in life. A good and realistic read.
- The Lido by Libby Page
Eighty six year old Rosemary and twenty six year old Kate are united by their campaign to save a local swimming pool. Libby Page’s debut is heart-warming story about friendship, community and the power of believing in yourself.
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
A funny, voyeuristic look at the lives of a group of extremely rich families in Singapore. Concerned with their status, appearances, and possessions, the news that one of their own is marrying Rachel, an American of modest background, causes an uproar. Rachel herself is thrown into the fray with no warning that her fiancé, Nick, came from such wealth. An enjoyable read.