Title : The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 22 Hours

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case.

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Title : Animal Farm
Author:George Orwell
Genre: Fable
Reading Time : 16 Hours

Animal Farm

George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterized by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. In addition to Animal Farm, he has written books like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Coming up for air, Homage to Catalonia and other books.

Animal Farm is an allegorical novel by George Orwell. The fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell believed that the Soviet Union had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror.

Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated.

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Title : The Gift of the Magi and other stories
Author: O. Henry
Genre: Short Stories
Reading Time : 19 Hours

The Gift of the Magi and other stories

O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, the American writer who worked on a Texas ranch, then as a bank teller in Austin, then as a reporter for the Houston "Post." Adversity struck, however, when he was indicted for embezzlement of bank funds. Porter was tried, convicted and imprisoned for the crime. In prison he began writing stories of Central America and the American Southwest that soon became popular with magazine readers. After his release Porter moved to New York City, where he continued writing stories under the pen name O.Henry.

The work of O. Henry has delighted readers with its humor, irony and colorful, real-life settings. This is a collection of sixteen of his best stories. It includes classics of the genre such as "The Gift of the Magi," "The Last Leaf," "The Ransom of Red Chief," "The Voice of the City" and "The Cop and the Anthem".

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Title : Turning Points – A journey through challenges
Author: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reading Time : 20 Hours

Turning Points – A journey through challenges

APJ Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied Physics and Aerospace Engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts.

Kalam has written many books - Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds, India 2020, You are born to blossom, Inspiring Thoughts, Forge Your Future, Advantage India, Turning Points and many more.

In Turning Points - A journey through Challenges, Kalam writes about his stint in Rashtrapati Bhavan, with details of his meetings with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other political leaders on many occasions.

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Title : Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
Author: E. Nesbit and William Shakespeare
Genre: Short Stories
Reading Time : 18 Hours

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children's literature. Among Nesbit's best-known books are The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899) and The Wouldbegoods (1901), which both recount stories about the Bastables, a middle-class family that has fallen on (relatively) hard times. She created an innovative body of work that combined realistic, contemporary children in real-world settings with magical objects – what would now be classed as contemporary fantasy – and adventures and sometimes travel to fantastic worlds.

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare is a 1907 collection published by E. Nesbit with the intention of entertaining young readers and telling William Shakespeare's plays in a way they could be easily understood. She included a brief Shakespeare biography, a pronunciation guide to some of the more difficult names and a list of famous quotations, arranged by subject. Some of the plays are A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well.

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Title : Coma
Author: Robin Cook
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 30 hours


Robin Cook is an American physician and novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health. Many of his books have been bestsellers on The New York Times Best Seller List. Cooks novels combine medical fact with fantasy. His medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing socio-ethical problems which come along with it.

Coma is Robin Cook's first commercially successful novel, published by Signet Book in 1977. Coma's literary awards and acclaims include a long tenure on the New York Times best seller list (reaching its highest position "Number 6" in the fiction category.The novel was included in the Fiction category of "The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year" listing from which the "Best Book of the Year" is selected. The New York Times Book Review also called Coma 1977's "number one thriller of the year".

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Title : Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
Author:Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Thriller
Reading Time : 30 hours

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

Jeffrey Archer is an English novelist, former politician, and peer of the realm. Before becoming an author, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969–74),but did not seek re-election after a financial scandal that left him almost bankrupt. Archer wrote his first book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, in the autumn of 1974. His best-selling novels include Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter, Shall We Tell the President, First Among Equals, False Impression. Recently, he was written a series of 7 books under the collection Clifton’s Chronicles. He has also written many short stories.

In the book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Harvey Metcalfe, over 40 years, has mastered the shady deal in advancing from messenger boy to mogul. But by selling inflated oil stock, he has cheated the wrong men - Stephen Bradley, an American professor at the University of Oxford, Dr Robin Oakley, a Harley Street doctor, Jean-Pierre Lamanns, a French art dealer with a gallery in London, and James Brigsley, heir to an earldom. Each has bought stock and suffered when it failed. Bradley learns of Metcalfe's responsibility, and organizes the other three to get their money back. They come up with respective plans. Read on to know whether they are successful.

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Title : The Litigators
Author:John Grisham
Genre: Thriller
Reading Time : 30 hours

The Litigators

John Ray Grisham is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. Grisham's first bestseller, The Firm, sold more than seven million copies. Some of his other books include The Chamber, The Client, A Painted House, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury. In 2010, Grisham started writing a series of legal thrillers for children aged 9 to 12 years. It features Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old who gives his classmates legal advice ranging from rescuing impounded dogs to helping their parents prevent their house from being repossessed.

The Litigators is a 2011 legal thriller, his 25th fiction novel overall. The Litigators is about a two-partner Chicago law firm attempting to strike it rich in a class action lawsuit over a cholesterol reduction drug by a major pharmaceutical drug company. The protagonist is a Harvard Law School grad big law firm burnout who stumbles upon the boutique and joins it only to find himself litigating against his old law firm in this case. The book is regarded as more humorous than most of Grisham's prior novels.

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