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Top 5 Books to Read for Beginners (and more)

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For new readers, finding the best books to read for beginners can be a challenge. With so many options available, it's easier to be overwhelmed.

In this article, I've compiled a list of the best books for beginning readers. These books for starting readers are some of the lightest books to engage anyone who is just beginning to read books. These books will spark a love of reading for sure. The list has a range of book from classic children's tales to modern-day adventures.

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Top 5 Books to Read for Beginners

Malgudi Days, by R.K. Narayan

This book is a collection of short stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi in South India. The stories are told from the perspective of everyday people and explore themes such as love, loss, and the human condition. It has vivid descriptions, engaging characters, and an ability to capture the essence of Indian life. It’s probably the best book for reading for beginners.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • Life is about making right things and going on.
  • This is my child. I planted it. I saw it grow. I loved it. Don't cut it down.
  • How can two living entities possessing intelligence and judgement ever be tied together for a lifetime?
  • You threw a stone into a gutter it would only spurt filth in your face.
  • It is stimulating to live in a society that is not standardized or mechanized, and is free from monotony.

Buy Malgudi Days

Also Read: 7 Best Books for Reading in English for Beginners

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

This classic novel is another among the top books to read for beginners. The book follows the adventures of a young boy named Tom Sawyer as he grows up along the Mississippi River. The book is filled with humour, adventure, and memorable characters and is considered a classic of American literature.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
  • Ah, if he could only die temporarily!
  • He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
  • “Well, everybody does it that way, Huck." "Tom, I am not everybody.”
  • Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome super-abundance of that sort of time which is not money.

Buy The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

This is the first book in the Harry Potter series and follows the story of a young wizard named Harry who discovers that he is a famous wizard and sets off on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s the best novel for beginners. The book is filled with magic, adventure, and memorable characters and has become a classic of children's literature.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
  • It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
  • To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
  • “The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
  • “You haven't got a letter on yours," George observed. "I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid-we know we're called Gred and Forge.”

Buy Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

This heart-warming novel is one of the best books for new readers. It’s about a grumpy, solitary man named Ove who is forced to re-evaluate his life after he befriends his new neighbours. The book is a funny, touching, and uplifting story about love, friendship, and the importance of second chances. It’s an interesting book for beginners.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.
  • “To love someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say.
  • Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the great motivations for living.
  • We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.
  • She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.

Buy A Man Called Ove

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The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

This is a powerful novel that explores the friendship between two young boys growing up in Afghanistan, against the backdrop of the country's tumultuous history. The book is a moving story of friendship, betrayal, and the quest for redemption.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • For you, a thousand times over.
  • It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.
  • And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.
  • There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.
  • It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.

Buy The Kite Runner

Other Best books to Read for First-time Readers

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom

This is a memoir about the author's relationship with his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz. The book explores the lessons that Morrie taught Albom about life, love, and the importance of living in the moment. The book is a touching, inspiring, and thought-provoking read.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • Death ends a life, not a relationship.
  • The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
  • Accept who you are; and revel in it.
  • You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too – even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.
  • The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.

Buy Tuesdays with Morrie

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Life's Amazing Secrets, by Gaur Gopal Das

This is a self-help book that offers practical advice and inspiration for a happier, more fulfilling life. It’s one of the best books for emergent readers as it’s written in a simple, accessible style. The book covers topics such as goal-setting, relationships, personal growth and spirituality, among others.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.
  • Watch your thoughts, they turn into words. Watch your words, they turn into actions. Watch your actions, they turn into habits. Watch your habits, they turn into character. Watch your character, it turns into your destiny. It all begins with a thought.
  • Live your life in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you.
  • It is strange that sword and words have the same letters.
  • To accept someone when everything is going right is easy. But when things are falling apart around you and you stick together, that’s the test of a relationship. Love is when we have every reason to break up but we do not.

Buy Life's Amazing Secrets

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

This is a coming-of-age novel about a young man named Miles who starts his first year of boarding school and discovers that life is not as simple as he once thought. The book is a funny, touching, and thought-provoking story about friendship, love and growing up.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
  • Thomas Edison's last words were "It's very beautiful over there". I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.
  • So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.
  • When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.
  • They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.

Buy Looking for Alaska

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Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is no doubt counted as one of the best beginner books to read. The book is a collection of short stories about the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The stories are filled with mystery, intrigue and suspense, and are considered classics of detective fiction.

Top 3 Quotes from the book:

  • It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
  • Miss Morstan and I stood together, and her hand was in mine. A wondrous subtle thing is love, for here were we two, who had never seen each other until that day, between whom no word or even look of affection had ever passed, and yet now in an hour of trouble our hands instinctively sought for each other.
  • You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.

Buy Sherlock Holmes

The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl is another best book for new readers. It’s a memoir that provides a first-hand account of life during the Holocaust. The diary, which was written by a young Jewish girl hiding in Amsterdam during World War II, is a powerful testament to the human spirit and the importance of hope in the face of adversity.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
  • I've found that there is always some beauty left – in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.
  • I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.
  • People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion.

Buy The Diary of a Young Girl

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Animal Farm, by George Orwell

This is a classic political allegory that uses the story of a group of farm animals who overthrow their human owner to explore the corruption of power and the dangers of totalitarianism. The book is a powerful critique of totalitarian regimes and is widely considered a classic of 20th-century. Although it might not be one of the best books for a beginner reader, it’s a good read for sure. It’s short.

Top 5 Quotes from the book:

  • All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
  • The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
  • Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.
  • Four legs good, two legs bad.
  • The only good human being is a dead one.

Buy Animal Farm

OK, those were all the best books for beginner readers I have for you today. These are some of the beginning readers books to help people fall in love with reading.

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