In need of a book to pass the time? Check out some of these titles, if you haven’t already. Guaranteed to turn a boring day around and challenge your mind.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
When you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true. That’s what the entire book is about, as a young shepherd embarks on a journey to seek out his destiny. Interpreting his dream as a prophetic one, the young man sets out on a strenuous voyage to see what really lies in the future for him. This book, one of the acclaimed author’s classics, is sure to be relateable to all those who are currently on a mission to figure out what they want in life, as well as probably making you wonder what exactly life is all about.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, the protagonist is a young girl named Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, who through the course of the novel ages from six to nine years old. This story is both a young girl’s coming of age story and a darker drama about the roots and consequences of rascism and prejudice, noting how good and evil cn co-exist within a single community or individual. A timeless read, do give this book a try.

Lord of the flies – William Golding
A dystopian novel where a group of young boys are stranded on an island, this novel shows the true extent of human savagery. It depicts the clash between peaceful democracy and violent dictatorship in the form of Jack and Ralph’s struggle. The other boys symbolize different human values in the way they support one side or the other. A book which will surely keep the reader engaged, Lord of the Flies is a classic for any bibliophile.
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games trilogy revolves around the life of a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, and is set in a futuristic country called Panem, located in present-day North America. Katniss lives in District 12, the poorest area of Panem, where people regularly die of starvation. Due to a district’s past rebellion, each year two teenagers—a boy and a girl—are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games tournament. The books captures the emotions of love, helplessness, sacrifice and rebellion.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an amazing book which touches the wild fantasies that every child has while growing up. It follows the life of a young boy finding out about the mysterious death of his granddad and his way of coping with it. He ventures to an island in memory of his granddad and this leads to a spiral of unexpected and mind-blowing discoveries which shatters the world as he sees it. This story is about accepting oneself and how every one of us are unique and in some ways “peculiar.” It captures the essence of why we humans live; to create memories and to be there for each other. A best-seller, this story has been continued in four others till date. If you love mysteries and daydreaming of fantasies where you end up being a protagonist in an epic showdown between good and evil, then this book is surely for you.