So you think millenials don't read?
If you think the only thing your children did in their free time this year was “Netflix and chill”, let us prove you wrong. When we asked students to tell us their book of the year, we were flooded with responses.
From bestsellers like Michelle Obama’s Becoming to self help books like Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, from thrillers like Murder in Paradise to a coming-of-age novel like Looking for Alaska, students read widely. Their reading list included romantic novels, non fiction books and fantasy novels.
It’s safe to say that children read in 2020. A LOT. A recent article in The Hindu said that 2020 has emerged as the year of the book. As everyone hunkered down at home, and binge watched one show after the other, the books started calling out.
We selected nine books from over fifty submissions and asked students to tell us why it was their book of the year.
Blindness by Saramago
"I read Blindness in January, when the pandemic still hadn’t blown up. The book is about people going blind inexplicably and the world falls into anarchy. It’s a beautiful story with very strong imagery that reflects what people are capable of during times of desperation. It captures the essence of being human." Ritwik Bhaumik, Class 11, Kolkata
Murder in Paradise by James Patterson
"Murder in Paradise is an omnibus of three fast paced, horror thrillers. The books keep you on your toes and it’s hard to stop in between and take a break. The twists and turns take you on a roller coaster ride." Bhuvan L, Class 12, Bangalore
Looking for Alaska by John Green
"Looking for Alaska opened my eyes in a way no other book has, it made me confront and understand death. I realised that forgetting is inevitable, and that one day, memories will cease to exist. Nothing captures my attention like a book that can change your outlook on life." Siya Tayal, Class 10, Gurugram
The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet
"The Century Trilogy traces the lives of five families from the beginning of the First World War till the end of the Cold War. The books speak volumes about world politics, international relations and turmoil. I love reading political thrillers and the underlying message of persistence and hope in the books really spoke out to me in this trying year." Srotoshi Ghosh, Class 11, Kolkata
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
"This book gave me the opportunity to look at Nazi rule through the eyes of a teenage girl who’s not only dealing with the threat of death but also all the things a 13-year-old normally goes through. I have a deep interest in history, and it was great to read this first person account of someone who had seen it all." Khushi Sengupta, Class 10, Kolkata
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
"Kafka On The Shore, reflects in all of us the unsurity of puberty, the constant thirst for adventure and just a lot of magic that really doesn’t make sense. The book is what you make of it, to me it’s Murakami’s love song to the forces of nature, the unknown and the beautiful, the whole universe really. It’s a story of cats and libraries and strangers that fall in love." Ditsa Majumder, Class 12, Kolkata
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
"Memoirs of Geisha is the kind of book that helps you travel through time yet keeps you grounded in the present. It deals with the problems of the Geisha community, their politics, their duties and their hardships during the world wars. It’s poetically nostalgic." Mohona Sengupta, Class 10, Kolkata
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
"This book taught me to find hope in times of utmost disturbance. It taught me that empowerment and strength comes from within and you can find hope even in the darkest of corners. This year was unprecedented, yet we made our way upwards, looking for hope." Stuti Ajmera, Class 12, Kolkata
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"To Kill a Mockingbird is not only extremely socially relevant, but a book that resonates with most people. It poses an integral question: how do I get along with people who are different from me? This book was very intriguing." Tavishi Bagaria, Class 11, Kolkata
So you still think millennials don’t read?