Our 20s are a time of forming new friendships, expanding our horizons and a lot of learning. Books are great companions in order to understand the world we live in.
Moreover, being a little acquainted with the worldly ways helps to cultivate a better appreciation of the text.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
This harrowing tale of a mother who killed her daughter will leave you shaken. The book does not shy away from talking about the plight of slaves in a graphic manner. However, Morrison’s prose keeps you trudging along wishing that the characters could have their share of ‘normal’.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
An oddly humbling memoir. It inspires you to never give up the quest for knowledge and keep reinventing yourself. The former first lady delves into successes and failures on both the personal and professional front. She writes with candour about her struggles in defining herself and fighting in systems where the cards were stacked against her.
The Secret History by Donna Tart
Memories of college friendships will resurface when you read this beautiful book about a bunch of students who are art-enthusiasts and obsessed with Greek mythology. It also forms an essential part of the dark academia aesthetic that is doing the rounds on Instagram.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Marianne and Connell have known each other their whole lives. They share a twisted love. A love contorted by power structures, social dynamics and systemic injustices. The characters still grow and reclaim a sliver of the world for themselves.
Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy
Sudha Murthy writes about various incidents that shaped her to be her wise and graceful self. She talks about how the purpose of going out into the world should not be just economic independence but also touching other lives. The value little acts of kindness behold.
The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat
Nine people reminisce about their relationship with one woman. Pariat’s lyrical prose is equal parts saddening and gratifying in that it reminds the readers that you will fall in love many times. Some will reciprocate your love. Some will not. Some you will not even pursue. However, the fact that someone remembers you with affection years after is a comforting thought.
We hope these books invigorate you to break out of your cocoon with the knowledge that your struggles and triumphs are shared.
Which one will you pick up?