Nothing beats the pleasure one gets from reading books. It is indeed a true fact that books are a human being’s best friends. They contain the most thrilling worlds inside them and they take us on an unforgettable adventure each time we start with a new book. If you have recently taken up reading as a hobby, here are five essential reads you must bookmark.

1. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

This novel by Swiss writer Joël Dicker is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It became a sensational hot book soon after its release. The story follows the life of protagonist Marcus Goldman as he starts solving the murder case of a fifteen-year-old girl. In his journey, he uncovers dark secrets about the local town and his old professor.  

2. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This book by Japanese writer Toshikazu Kawaguchi was originally released with the title ‘Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni’ in Japan in the year 2015. The book is filled with magical realism and will undoubtedly take you to an enchanting world. When the customers visit a café in Tokyo, they are offered a chance to travel back in time with a condition that they must return before the coffee gets cold. You are sure to find so many life lessons imbued in it. 

3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is a classic and must be on every book lover’s list. The British writer JK Rowling has created the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry Potter, a young wizard destined for greatness. The friendship between Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger is endearing. With its timeless themes, it is a must-read for readers of all ages. 

4. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney is a new and promising writer from Ireland. She made her debut with the book ‘Conversations with Friends’ which won several awards. In ‘Normal People,’ Sally Rooney explores the themes of love, friendship, and identity. The protagonists, Connell and Marianne navigate the complexities of adulthood and their complicated relationship. This book will surely leave a lasting impact on you. 

5. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

While not everyone may be aware about this book, it is definitely a must read. Written during the period of modernism, Samuel Beckett discusses existential and absurdist themes through this drama. The two characters Vladimir and Estragon search for meaning in an uncertain world as they continue waiting for Godot, a figure that never actually arrives. This philosophical book will urge you to introspect and think about the human condition.