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The corona outbreak resulting in the complete lockdown has shut us inside our homes. As we are self-isolating ourselves, a lot is going in our minds. Social media is flooded with tips and tricks to spend this quarantine period productively. One of the many suggestions for doing the rounds is reading books.

Oh yes! Reading has turned out to be one of the best activities now that I have a good time in hand. But the question nags, what to read? Where to start? I know it's tiring, and if you look upon the Internet, there are 'n' numbers of results. So, I thought of compiling a list of books to start with your reading habit this quarantine.

These books are relatively easy to read and are fairly good options if you begin reading. Again, you cannot purchase the books right now, but you can definitely get them on Amazon Kindle. In addition to this, apps such as Scribd and Juggernaut are giving you access to their catalog for 30 days for free. So, apart from binge-watching on Netflix, you now have the option to binge-read. Check out the list of top 12 books below:

Animal Farm, George Well

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” These are the most famous lines from this dystopian novel where a farm is overtaken by the animals and then ruled by them. It is a book that makes you laugh and pricks you with its unnerving satire. The book comments upon the terrible totalitarianism and is counted as one of the must-read books of all times.

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The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

This book needs no introduction. A dreamy plot that offers meaningful life lessons makes up The Alchemist. It is well regarded amongst the folks because of its simple narration but profound narrative. A person with beginner language skills would definitely like to read it.

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Who Moved My Cheese, Dr. Spencer Johnson

I can never emphasize enough the importance of this short read. It is a famous motivational book that teaches us to deal with change. It talks about accepting the dynamics of personal and professional life and being receptive to them. One can finish this in an hour and take away a good chunk of wisdom with him.

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Malgudi Days, R K Narayanan

Malgudi Days is a collection of 32 short stories set in Malgudi, an imaginary South Indian town. The book is written in an easy language and can transport its reader to Malgudi. Truly, the book has an Indian touch to it that warms our hearts and brings us back to our childhood.

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The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl is an autobiographical account of 13-year-old Anne Frank, one of the victims of the Holocaust. Told with simplicity and authenticity, this book comments upon the horrors of the war times and what it is to live in constant fear. The book brings out one pertinent question - Hatred of one person towards religion and community destroyed so many lives but for what?

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The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This novella is about a man whose aviator crashes in the desert where he faces a threat to his survival. Then he comes across a young boy (who is from a different planet) who, over time, makes him see his lost childhood. Through lucid narration and a heartfelt story, the book is an excellent read for adults as much as it is for children.

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Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

If you are the one looking for a magical land full of witches and fantasy, there's absolutely nothing better than getting into Hogwarts. Want to know the reference? Just read the book. With subtle writing and wonderful narration, Rowling has created a world you'll absolutely love.

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 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the well-known classics which very well deserve to be read. With some sharp themes such as racism in focus and masterful narration, the book is an excellent example of books worth reading. I am a fan of quotes from this book, and god! Have I told you that there's a courtroom drama? You just ought to read this one for your own good. Period.

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 Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

Another classic filled with profound meaning about life and living, Siddhartha is a book you must read without fail. It is a book narrated from the perspective of a common man like you and me and thus stands out from its contemporaries, for it is highly relatable. The book calms you from within as the words continue doing talking to your heart.

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 Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam

Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam is a book that teaches us that one who possesses grit and determination is bound to succeed in life. Insightful, deeply personal, and evocative, the book is a collection of Kalam sir's experiences that shape him. This includes his moments of success and failure. It is a book that inspires, motivates, that pushes us to soar high.

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Looking for Alaska, John Green

Looking For Alaska is an emotionally gripping tale, originally concentrated on Alaska's character, but takes turns to give enough space to its every character. The narrative is impressionably mesmerizing. It hooked us till the end. It consumes you and gets you another person by the end. The book has that beautiful writing and the quotes, the quotes are awesome. Do check it out if you like romance.

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Three Thousand Stitches, Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty needs no introduction. Her books are vastly read and revered. She's one of those few women I truly admire. Her simplicity in her life, as well as in her books, is something that distinguishes her from others. Three Thousand Stitches is a non-fiction collection of stories of ordinary people. It is a book that brilliantly explores humans and their thoughts. Anyone can read this book because of its simple language and fantastic narration. Go for it if without any second thoughts.

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I hope you liked this list. If there's anything, you'd want to add, please let us know. Happy reading.

Written by Khyati Gautam