It’s been a good year for literature, whether your interest lies in mythology, coming-of-age tales or poetry. So if you find yourself in a mid-year slump, what better way to shake off the blues than with a stack of the top books of 2017? This Big Billion Days sale, treat yourself to the best that literature has to offer, at astonishing discounts only between September 20 and 24.
Take a look at 15 books that make it to the absolute top of our list.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy needs no introduction. Twenty years after she won the 1997 Man Booker Prize, she has made it to the longlist once again with a novel that covers a magnificent journey. This book is about love, longing, hopelessness, society, discrimination and politics, all in a heartfelt and engaging story.
The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis by Prerna Singh Bindra
When was the last time you saw a group of sparrows prettily perched on your windowsill? Do you remember what an Indian Bustard looks like? In this book, Prerna Singh Bindra talks about the crisis faced by Indian wildlife and the impact that our development has had on these species.
Leader: 50 Insights from Indian Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik
Pattanaik examines the Mahabharata, Bible, Islamic tenets and other religious texts along with fables like the Iliad and Vikram-Betal stories to teach you what leadership entails. From improving your communication skills to balancing discipline with leniency, this book covers it all.
This Is Not Your Story by Savi Sharma
If you’re in the mood for a tale that is moving, inspiring and brutally honest, don’t hesitate to buy this book even for a second. With well-etched characters and a detailed plot, This Is Not Your Story makes for a fascinating read.
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Norse mythology has been the foundation for many works of literature, including Gaiman’s own. In this book, he retells the Norse tales in his trademark, vivid style.
Tin Man, by Sarah Winman
After When God Was A Rabbit and A Year Of Marvellous Ways, Sarah Winman is back with a heartening story. Exploring themes of friendship, love and loss, Tin Man follows Ellis and Michael through the ups and downs of their friendship.
Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay
The New York Times’ best-selling essayist is back with Difficult Women, her fourth book containing a myriad stories of American women of different social and economic backgrounds, and how it has shaped them. This one’s equal parts gripping and insightful.
A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett
After the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, Ken Follet is back with A Column of Fire, the third book in the Kingsbridge series. This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this master of historical fiction.
In this eye-opening book, Angela Saina works on the presumption that men and women are different, and goes on to explain why this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The book is a confluence of the place of women in society and the role that science has to play in coloring our perceptions.
The Colours of My Heart: Selected Poems, by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
From one of the greatest poets of the 20th century comes The Colours of My Heart: Selected Poems. This collection features the master of poetry Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s best poems and ghazals. Apart from his famous works, this compilation also features his lesser-known, yet equally stirring, verse.
Sour Heart, by Jenny Zhang
When Lena Dunham has nothing but praise for an author, you know her book’s a must-read. Featuring seven stories that dissect everything from family to femininity and sexuality, the voices of the immigrants featured in Jenny Zhang’s book will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.
In the Name of God, by Ravi Subramanian
If a fast-paced thriller is what you’re in the mood for, In the Name of God, Ravi Subramanian’s latest, is just the book for you. From Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai to Dubai, this slick novel is what edge-of-the-seat thrillers are made of!
What Kitty Did, by Trisha Bora
If hair that has a mind of its own and an uncontrollable sugar addiction are traits you identify with, you have more in common with Kitty, the protagonist of What Kitty Did, than you’d imagine! Humorous, relatable and full of twists and turns, this novel makes for the perfect airplane read.
The One Who Swam with the Fishes, by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
While the Mahabharata’s many adaptations focus on the male protagonist, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan crafts a clever version of the age-old tale from the point of view of its lesser-known female characters. In The One Who Swam with the Fishes, Madhavan tells the story of Satyavati, the future queen of Hastinapur. Well-written and true to its origins, this book is a must-read for fans of mythology.
Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss
After a 7-year hiatus, Nicole Krauss is back with another soulful novel. In Forest Dark, a man in his later years and a woman novelist are drawn to Tel Aviv. A tale that is underscored with themes of self-realization and transformation, this novel makes insightful observations while being relatable and humorous.
Armed with the top books of 2017, you’re all set to have a great end to the year. Available at attractive prices courtesy of the Big Billion Days Sale, there’s no excuse to hold back. Shop for books without the guilt before the super sale is over!