The biggest problem with building a reading habit is that we want to read the epic on the first day! Imagine asking a kid from kinder garden to solve 10th standard Maths. People don’t understand that building any habit requires small steps and consistently taking those small steps every day. Therefore, we need to take baby steps in beginning and start with some light reading. So, here’s a list of books for beginners to develop a strong reading habit.
1. Animal Farm by George Orwell: A perfect book for beginners to start with. It is a classic novella and a political satire by George Orwell. It is a microcosm of the political situation of its time but, don’t worry you won’t find boring history lessons in it. However, it is an interesting story of a farm where a rebellion is started by animals against humans. Unfortunately, they fail and Napolean, who is a pig (literally) becomes the dictator.
Page Count: 115 Approx.
2. The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway: One of the famous works of the Nobel Laureate Hemingway, ‘The Old Man And The Sea’ has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953. It revolves around Santiago, who is an old fisherman in Cuba and his struggle with a huge Marlin far away in the sea. Well, it is interesting than it sounds.
Page Count: 130 Approx.
3. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White: It is a children’s novel and you might have seen movies based on the book. Okay, it is a children’s novel but great for beginners. So, don’t let your ego come in between your growth. It is about a barn spider named Charlotte who tries to save a pig from being slaughtered.
Page Count: 190 Approx.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: You must have seen the 2013’s film adaption of the novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This novel is set in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and is all about the American dream.
Page Count: 215 Approx.
5. Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan: A rather long novel than others in the list, Swami and Friends’ English is simple, which makes it a perfect fit for this list. This novel is the first novel of a trilogy and set in British India. The novel explores the colonial exploitation through the everyday stories of Swami.
Page Count: 460 Approx.
So, these were the 5 best books for beginners to help them build a reading habit with some classic novels too. You can try a little harder text after finishing reading or whenever you feel you’re ready.
All the best!