1. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
What it’s about: The narrator has a physical relationship with his Nietzsche-spouting friend, F, who was also sleeping with his wife who committed suicide.
Why I like it: Not for the faint-hearted, it is layered with symbolisms and sub-texts, making it a deliciously difficult read.
2. Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
What it’s about: A Mumbai novel that traces the lives and times of two batsmen who have a record-breaking school cricket partnership.
Why I like it: It brings you the sights, sounds and smells of Maximum City’s maidans, where a number of cricket greats cut their teeth.
3. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie
What it’s about: It’s a murder mystery set in a country house.
Why I like it: In his last case, Hercules Poirot is a frail old man, but his analytical skills are sharp as ever. The setting mirrors that of the first Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
What it’s about: This WWII novel takes you into the parallel stories of a blind six-year-old girl in Paris and an orphan boy in Germany.
Why I like it: It’s a moving story that transports you into the lives of two people on opposite sides in the conflict. I can’t wait to see how their paths converge.
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
What it’s about: Three school friends, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, discover they are clones created for scientific purposes.
Why I like it: It’s an unconventional coming-of-age tale that explores the themes of love, friendship, and the discovery of one’s true identity.
6. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
What it’s about: In this Holocaust memoir, Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl reflects on life in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Why I like it: Validating his theory with his experiences, Frankl argues that meaning can be found in the worst of situations and this quest gives life purpose.