Did you read as many book as you wanted to this summer? Did you have a proper bucket-list but somehow you got distracted and now it’s too late to make up? Did you want to read and had lots of time to read but just couldn’t find that one amazing book you could cherish for the rest of your life?

Look no further! I have come up with a perfectly curated list of books for you and the books I’m about to suggest are tried and tested. I recently finished reading them and they are one of my absolute favourites! Here’s hoping they become your favourites as well.

Presenting, the “End Of Summer Reading List For Every Type Of Reader”!

  1. Fiction/Romance/Drama

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Are you still stuck in a perpetual Harry Potter hangover? Do you want to read another fantastic series that is loaded with drama and thrill and a lil bit of romance thrown in to kindle the fire? Look no further! The Outlander series has all of that and more!

The protagonist of the story is a 27 year old British war nurse living in post-world war II era, who while on vacation, accidentally time-travels back to 18th century Scotland; to a land where the clashes between the English and the Scots are at an all-time high and where she can rely on no one but herself to ensure her safety.

It’s an ongoing series which currently has 8 books. The new book should be out any day now. The books have also been adapted into an incredible TV show by the same name, starring Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies and Sam Heughan. It’s absolutely perfect and the third season airs this September! So go on! Don’t you want to catch up to the series? What are you waiting for? Get to reading and dive into this mesmerizing passionate world full of time travel and drama.

  1. Non-Fiction/Memoir/Humour

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Say what you will about them, these celebrity autobiographies have a charm that is all their own. I have read quite a few in these past few months and I have quite a few left on my bookshelf to read (including but not limited to Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari) and it’s hard for me to pick a favourite.

Your favourite comedy stars penning down their most embarrassing moments and recounting their failures – in a way that is funny yet pitiful – is all you need as a pick-me-up on most days, to tell you the truth. Because these people surmounted their fears! Pursued their dreams! In spite of the “what will people say” trap, and look at them! They’re thriving!

Sure, the stories might come off as slightly exaggerated and they might have embellished a little, but where is the harm in pretending otherwise?

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  1. Mythology/Humour

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide To World Mythology by Cory O’Brien

I have always wanted to own a complete set of Greek Mythology stories (and no, Percy Jackson does NOT count as one), so when a friend of mine shared this book with me, I was over the moon. I am aware that this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but the thing to be noted is that it’s so much better than what I thought I wanted.

If you’re someone who gives voices to the narrator of the book and you constantly keep up with the change in exclamations while reading (in your head, obviously), then believe you me, this book was tailor-made for you. As it was for me.

Of course, I should mention that this book is not limited to Greek Mythology. The author is not a bigoted schmuck. He makes fun of all Gods equally (Norse, Hindu, and Greek alike). So if you are a little sensitive about your God, maybe this book isn’t for you?

I have added a few excerpts from the book below, making it easier for you to judge whether you want to read it or not.

 

  1. Fiction/Mystery/Crime

Cormoran Strike Series by J. K. Rowling

J.K.R. made a come-back and HOW?! This amazing series brings back my childhood days of gorging on Famous Five Series and the Five Find-Outers and Dog series, except that comparison, ends right there because these books are made for the adult in me. In addition to dealing with the simple themes of crimes and mystery, the series also delves into slightly adult themes.

You won’t get a happy-go-lucky detective whose mission in life is to find love. No-sirre! The protagonist of this book will make you feel so confused! You won’t know whether to like him or hate him. And obviously you can’t ignore him, what with him being the narrator and all. But behind all of that you wouldn’t help but feel sorry for this poor man; this handicapped, broke, non-committal, ex-army, depressed detective whose only respite in life is in solving crimes of passion.

 

  1. Non-Fiction/Psychology

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

I have an existential crisis quite often. And this book has now become one of the reasons why. Written by an investigative journalist who loves to put himself right in the jaws of danger, this book will take you on a roller coaster ride by the end of which you’ll start to question everything around you; yourself, your family and your friends.

Of course, if you really are a psychopath, you’ll come to the conclusion that the book doesn’t apply to you.

The book lists out an actual “‘Psychopath Test” called The Hare Psychopathy Checklist used by psychiatrists all over the world to diagnose patients. It also analyses the various theories regarding psychopathy forwarded by psychologists: whether the world is divided into psychopaths and non-psychopaths or whether there are degrees of psychopathy? It also delves into the various experiments conducted by psychologists over the world and the strangely eccentric cures they came up with to help the diagnosed psychopaths!

It’s a fantastic read, to say the least. Gives you a different perspective of life. I’d give it 11/10.

Know of any more books you want share with us and the other readers? Comment below and let us know!

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