Reading sounds easy, doesn’t it? You sit down with a book and read. Simple enough.
Let me explain why.
For beginners or those coming back to reading after a long time, the sheer size of the book can be intimidating. Your attention span may not cooperate with you. You may worry about not enjoying the book you’ve chosen and lose motivation to read anymore. That’s a terribly easy thing to happen! Not every book can be a good book for everyone after all.
But if you’re determined to start a reading habit or get back into it, I have a solution! Of course, I can’t help you read without actually reading. You do have to sit down with a book and make an effort. What I can do is help you find ‘easy books’ to start with. Your reading habit must begin somewhere, so why not here?
This is why I have compiled a list of the easiest, most readable books to help you start. They are easy because –
- They are simple to read, no fancy words or unreasonably long sentences that take ages to decode.
- You’ll find them arranged in an ascending order of pages. You can start with the shortest one and work your way to longer texts.
- All these books are incredibly engaging. At no point will have you have to worry about boredom.
- Most importantly, while they are short, they aren’t without meaning. You won’t feel as if you’re wasting your time reading something useless.
Whatever kind of books you like, I’m sure you’ll find at least one here which will awaken your love for reading.
1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Pages – 112
Orwell’s Animal Farm is a classic and the best place to begin.
An allegorical satire about the Russian Revolution, Animal Farm replaces key historical figures with animals in this novella. Marx, Trotsky, Stalin etc. all make their comical animal appearances.
A story about history and politics may sound boring but Animal Farm does not have a single dull moment in it. Each chapter will leave you at the edge of your seat, eager for more. And if you’re worried about it being for children, don’t. It’s not a children’s fairy tale although it takes up the garbs of one. It’s a bloody political tale of equality and its downfall. It’s one disaster after another and you can’t take your eyes off it.
2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Pages – 128
Follow disenchanted Southern belle, Blanche DuBois as she navigates the aftermath of the fall of her world. No longer rich, no longer married, no longer respected – Blanche tries to stay afloat in a cut-throat world that bows only before money and men.
This play by Tennessee Williams experienced towering fame when it was finally enacted on stage in 1947. While the actors gave magic to it, the written script isn’t far behind in leaving the readers enchanted and disillusioned simultaneously. The play is an experience that must be experienced.
3. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
Pages – 208
Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional dive into a fantastical world? J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan takes you into the world of immortal boys, pirates and pixies. But beware, that’s not all there is to it. Sure, Disney tricked us into falling in love with magical Neverland in it’s films but Barrie’s writing will make you question if you really knew Peter Pan at all. If you don’t mind minor spoilers, read more about that here and here.
Peter Pan is bewitching in it’s magic and the call to experience your childhood again. It is also an easy read; packed with action and mind boggling beauty and terror.
4. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Pages – 272
Imagine. You’re turning fifty soon, your career seems like it never took off, your long-time lover is getting married and has invited you to their wedding.
So what do you do? Face it? Move on?
Arthur Less decides to run from his problems (like we all do) and jets off to travel the world in eighty days (like we all wish we could!).
Less is an ‘easy book’ because it comes from a place of familiarity. Though the story is about Arthur Less, every word resonates with its readers. It is funny, charmingly sly in its observations and humanizing in its search for happiness.
Less will become the comfort read you crave from time-to-time and you’ll find yourself coming back to experience its wonder over and over again.
5. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Pages – 432
Once Upon a River intertwines historical mystery and magical realism. An unlikely combination for sure, but it is one that works.
In 1887, England, a dead child starts breathing again by the banks of the river Thames. Miracle or magic? No one knows.
Who does the child belong to? Is she someone’s missing daughter? Someone’s illegitimate child? There are no answers.
What follows is the slow unravelment of the child’s mystery and the secrets of the families that wish to claim her. Setterfield weaves magic and suspense through the threads of this novel. The natural and supernatural blur into each other and create an atmosphere that is gentle but dark, melancholic but magical.
There’s nothing to wait for now. You have a list of steps to follow which can lead you to your goal – the reading habit you have been trying so hard to create. So if you found yourself interested in any of these ‘easy books’, get reading! Don’t forget to comment and let me know if you have read any of them before or plan to read them in the future.