Six weeks till the end of the year – your deadline to read 24 books. Want to speed through? Read these...
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: About a New York society girl in the 1940s. Doesn’t matter if you’ve watched the film, the book is different. You must meet Holly Golightly.
2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: Read for Nadsat, the coolest secret language and for its countless pop culture references.
3. Memories of My Melancholy Whoresby Gabriel García Márquez: The opening line will draw you in: The year of my ninetieth birthday I wanted to give myself a night of mad love with an adolescent virgin.
4.The Testament of Maryby Colm Tóibín: The mother of Jesus recounts the events that led to the death of her son.
5. Love Story by Erich Segal: Those who’ve read it have wept or sniggered.
6. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy: A story of death, and of life not lived well enough. A masterpiece (and shorter than his Anna Karenina and War and Peace).
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy writing – you may even get mildly spooked, in a PG-13 way.
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: This super bestselling children’s book for adults (or adults’ book for children) is tiny, full of drawings (and wisdom).
9. A Contract with God by Will Eisner: The "first graphic novel" – it popularised the term. Here are stories of some poor jews in 1930s America.
10. Any of Aleph’s ‘Short Biography’ series: Our favourite series of books about cities.
11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: This influential and controversial book is an account of a European who sails to Congo, where a fellow European is worshipped by the natives.
12. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie: Possibly his most fun read, an adventure for kids, adults and above all, storytellers.
From HT Brunch, November 16 Follow us on twitter.com/HTBrunch Connect with us on facebook.com/hindustantimesbrunch