Top 10 Light Novels

 

Light novels, or novellas as they’re popularly called, are novels that are short stories that have a little more juice. The difference between the two types of books boils down to the story as well, in novels, you are filled with a lot of scene setting, character development, and backstories, while in novellas, you are spared all of that, and the story moves in straight to the juicy parts.

The best light novels of all time are fast paced, don’t use too much descriptive language and dive in straight to the plot. Hence, they are more suited to an impatient reader, one that doesn’t like things moving too slow.

 

A Clockwork Orange

In a dystopian future, a teenager, Alex, is part of a subculture of extreme youth violence, where drug abuse is rampant. In a freak incident, he is caught killing a woman who causes him to come under the eye of the state authorities. The story follows Alex as he narrates his exploits and his experience with the state authorities who are intent on reforming him.

Read it For:
The amazing play of words the author has managed to accomplish, the writing is almost lyrical.
Don't Read it For:
If you’re averse to violence and drug abuse in books.
What makes this book stand out?:
A Clockwork Orange is an excellent book, a bit challenging but intriguing until the end!

Of Mice and Men

The plot of the story is set against the backdrop of the great depression. Two men, George and Lennie, drift through California in search of jobs during the Great Depression in the United States. After they find jobs at a ranch, Lennie’s infatuation with the owner’s daughter which threatens to put their lives in uncertainty once again.

Read it For:
the range of emotions this book would make you feel, a short, swift read that still manages to have a profound impact on the reader.
Don't Read it For:
It's a typical drama with the great play of words. If you’re not someone who enjoys some good ol’ drama, this book may not be for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
Of mice and men is a popular book that stands out because of its rich quality.

The Old Man and the Sea

This classic story by Ernest Hemingway tells the story of a battle between an experienced fisherman, Santiago, and a marlin. Having gone 84 days without catching a fish, Santiago is now being seen as “salao,” the worst form of unluckiness.

Read it For:
A light read with heavy undertones the deeper you think about it, this story talks about the life lessons that age teaches you.
Don't Read it For:
This book may not be suited for young readers because of its heavy undertones on the philosophy of life.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Old Man and the Sea, although short, drives the reader through an incredibly poignant experience

The Time Machine

One of H.G Wells’ most popular works, this story talks about the experiences of an inventor and scientist simply known as the time traveller, written in a narrator’s point of view.

Read it For:
If you enjoy reading science fiction. This one's a classic!
Don't Read it For:
If you’re averse to science fiction and made-up words because this book has a fair number of those too.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Time Machine was one of the first literary works that popularized the concept of time travel among the masses.
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Coraline

Coraline is the story of a young girl who feels neglected by her parents. When she moves into an old house with her family, she finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage, during the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where all her dreams and wishes come true, except, things are not as dandy as they seem on the outside.

Read it For:
Coraline is an electrifyingly creepy tale which weaves the reader in with every page.
Don't Read it For:
This is a bedtime horror story, readers who aren’t fans of horror stories may not enjoy it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The different idea the story tackles. Coraline’s emotions are described well in the story.

The Stranger

This book by Albert Camus is another classic. The stranger deals with deep philosophical thoughts like the absurdity of life and existentialism. The plot follows Mersault, who is a brutally honest man, causing him to be ostracised in society as a stranger due to his perceived indifference.

Read it For:
The philosophical ideas that Camus explores through the duration of the plot makes you think twice about your own life.
Don't Read it For:
It may be too heavy with the ideas it explores for the young reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
Camus has an impressive thought process, and his ideas are beautifully laid throughout the plot.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas classic by none other than Sir Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol tells the experience of an old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is well known for his miserly ways.

Read it For:
The moral the story provides is a great read for young and mature readers alike.
Don't Read it For:
The simplistic writing may put off some readers
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is expansive in its plot and teaches about the effects our actions have on our lives and how it affects our past, present and the future.

The Little Prince

The little prince is a poetic tale of a pilot stranded in a desert who meets a little prince visiting on a small asteroid. It explores philosophical ideas like social criticism in the adult world.

Read it For:
A light yet thought-provoking read, every reader will have something to take away from it.
Don't Read it For:
It has watercolor illustrations by the author, which some readers may not like.
What makes this book stand out?:
The philosophical ideas it explores.

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild is the story of Buck, a mixed breed dog between a St. Bernard and a Sheepdog who is sold into sled dogging and is sent to the Klondike region of Alaska and Canada.

Read it For:
The impressive storytelling skills and the gripping story of the dog’s life.
Don't Read it For:
It is an anthropomorphic tale of the life of Buck as a sled dog.
What makes this book stand out?:
The usage of words in the work is nothing short of amazing!

Heart of a Dog

The heart of a dog is a satirical take on the goals of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, to create a new breed of man, uncorrupted by the past and above petit bourgeois concerns while addressing this, it also criticizes the rigid Soviet era mindset.

Read it For:
The book is a great satire story on the thinking of the Russian people who headed the Russian revolution.
Don't Read it For:
It may be offensive to some readers considering the satire in the plot of the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a great book that serves as an allegory to the interesting events that happened after the Russian revolution.

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