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Best picks for enriching your reading experience

  • By Yours Truly, Thela Wala

“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too.”

Hola Book lovers and ardent readers!

We are back with some more hand-picked magic to light up your reading time. We have carefully created an assorted basket of the best reads to appease all your moods.

So sit back, let your moods reign over our basket and find the perfect pick for your next read.

      1.  Rage of Angels – Sidney Sheldon

A worldwide bestseller first published in 1980, this novel tells the story of Jennifer Parker, a successful lawyer who is loved by two men; one a politician, the other, a mafia don.          
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       2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.            
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       3. Exiles in the Garden – Ward Just

“One of the most astute writers of American fiction” (New York Times Book Review) delivers the resonant story of Alec Malone, a senator’s son who rejects the family business of politics for a career as a newspaper photographer. Alec and his Swiss wife, Lucia, settle in Georgetown next door to a couple whose émigré gatherings in their garden remind Lucia of all the things Americans are not. She leaves Alec as his career founders on his refusal of an assignment to cover the Vietnam War — a slyly subversive fictional choice from Ward Just, who was himself was a renowned war correspondent.
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    4. Poor Little Bitch Girl – Jackie Collins

Three twenty-something women, one hot rich guy, two mega movie stars, and a devastating murder. Poor Little Bitch Girl has it all.       
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    5. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

The touching saga of immigrant Bengali parents trying to adjust to life in alien America and at its core, a poignant father-son relationship and the search for identity when torn between two worlds.        
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    6. Love Sonnets – William Shakespeare

T.S. Eliot once wrote that, "Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion," and it is this passion that has traditionally made The Sonnets appealing to literati and laymen alike. Surrounded by mystery, these poems of devotion and jealousy, of a young courtier and a Dark Lady, have been the subject of endless speculation. They are highly mystical and at the same time highly honest; as W. H. Auden wrote, "...what is astonishing about the sonnets, especially when one remembers the age in which they were written, is the impression they make of naked autobiographical confession."        
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   7. The Best American Non-Required Reading – Dave Eggers

The Best American Nonrequired Reading is a yearly anthology of fiction and nonfiction selected annually by high school students in California and Michigan through 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan.       
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   8. A Ship Of Many Oars – Niraj Srivastav

A ship of Many Oars is a collection of nine short stories, woven on the tapestry of Indian quirks, delinquent nobility, and galloping suspense!       
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  9. On Demand – Justine Elyot

Brief encounters in the bar, seductions in the pool or a menage in the elevator - this haven for the hedonistic promises as much heat, steam, lust, and excitement as those who pass through it can handle. Conferences end with a bang; a gym instructor offers extremely personal training; illicit liaisons abound and flourish in the luxuriously appointed rooms. The daring sexual exploits of the staff and guests are often seen through the eyes of the Receptionist, who is on her own quest to snare the attentions of the charismatic Manager. Does the woman who offers a discreet venue for the indulgence of every secret desire and fetish - from satin sheets to rubber masks - have anything to offer him?     
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