Books aren’t just for a party of one. Here’s a list of good reads to have in your arsenal for perfect small talk fodder and conversation starters.
the girl on the train
by Paula Hawkins
Overview: Rachel Watson, a divorcee, despite tormented by her broken marriage and alcholism, continues her daily routine of riding the train that passes by her old house she used to live in with her ex-husband. Everyday, the train will also pass by a couple’s house whose marriage she envies and wishes she has. She would draw from her imagination about how perfect the couple’s lives must be. However, all of her ideals fall apart when she witnessed something fearful happening at the couple’s house from the train window one day.
Eleanor & park
by Rainbow Rowell
Overview: Eleanor is always bullied in school and was not spared even at home. Park is considered one of the popular kids in school and has a loving family. They are different in all senses, fom their backgrounds to their personalities. However, through comic books and ’80s music, Eleanor and Park made a connection, through which they endeavoured to make the most out of the proverbial ‘first love’ in a world where it almost never lasts.
pride & prejudice
by Jane Austen
Overview: Set in 19th century England where women are taught to be graceful, respectful and docile – especially those who wish to fit in with the aristocrats. However, tenacious Elizabeth Bennet prefers to follow her own set of independent opinions. This historic romance will follow young Elizabeth as she manoeuvres her way through the complex world of impeccable manners, decorum, societal status and true love in Old England.
by Julie Anne Peters
Overview: Regan is a regular 16 year old girl who’s kinda socially awkward and has a typical crush on a boy in her chemistry class. She has an older brother, Liam, a popular senior who’s got the girls at school swooning. However when night comes, he becomes Luna, Regan’s sister. As Luna becomes more absorbed into the idea of being identified as her true-self, she confides in Regan — the only one who knows her secret— the desire to be Luna, both day and night. This novel follows the siblings’ journey through learning how to stay true to oneself when faced with conventional societal expectations and self-acceptance even through their loved ones’ uncertain reactions.
by J.K Rowling
Overview: He is The Boy Who Lived. Since birth, Harry Potter’s fate is intricately intertwined with the most evil wizard to roam the world, Lord Voldemort. With the help of his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, and trained under the wings of the finest Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, Harry faces the greatest confrontation ever — the battle of the century against his innate nemesis — where only one can live.
tuesdays with morrie
by Mitch Albom
Overview: The novel follows a young man, Mitch Albom, who starts to realise that he is so caught up with his life that that he is becoming blinded to the more important things in life. When he managed to reconnect with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz, in the man’s final months, he decided to rekindle an old routine from college with the latter — visiting Morrie in his study every Tuesday. They are going to commence their final ‘class’: lessons on how to live.
by Haruki Murakami
Overview: Set in Tokyo 1984, this dystopian novel comprises of several characters that becomes connected in the most inexplicable way, starting with a young woman named Aomame who heeded the enigmatic advice of a taxi driver before finding herself in an alternate reality which she calls 1Q84. At the same time, Tengo, an aspiring writer suddenly finds himself also existing in the same parallel world. As these two characters’ narratives converge, a fantasy unfolds, binding each individual together as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.
by Paulo Coelho
Overview: Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, an Andalusian shepherd boy consulted a gypsy woman who asked him to travel to Egypt in search of the treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he met many people, all of whom point Santiago to the direction of his quest and what started out as an innocent treasure hunt turns out to be a trail to discovering the pricelessness within dreams.
Extremely loud & incredibly close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Overview: After his father is tragically killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar Schell discovers an unknown key in his father’s closet. Intrigued by the idea that whatever the key opens could be something purposeful his father left behind, the nine year old embarks on a peculiar treasure hunt, meeting unique strangers and picking up valuable lessons along the way.
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