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Recommended books/novels that every MBA aspirant should read

Reading is the ideal way for improving your speed and accuracy in verbal section. Ability to read fast not only helps for reading comprehension but also for other sections like Reasoning and quantitative aptitude by digesting and comprehending the information quickly.

Solving an RC is testing, developing reading habit over time is skill. So Read! Read! Read!

If you are not a regular reader, I would suggest that you start with something simple and easy and then move on to books which are slightly harder to read.

The list has been categorized into 3 levels with the first one being the easiest one. In the starting, you should read books for which keep your interest alive. And then proceed to more difficult and different genre books. Try to read books from different categories to make yourself comfortable with different genres.

Level 1-

Book Author Category
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Fiction
Animal Farm George Orwell Political Satire
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Fantasy
Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Detective Novel
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown Mystery, Thrilller
Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway Literary Fiction
Who moved my Cheese Spencer Johnson Motivational
To kill a mockingbird Harper Lee Fiction
Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki Personal Finance
Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling Fantasy

Level 2

Book Author Category
1984 George Orwell Fiction
India Unbound Gurcharan Das Non Fiction
Freakonomics Steven Levitt Economics
The White Tiger Arvind Adiga Fiction
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction
Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman Psychology
The World is Flat Thomas L. Friedman Globalization
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Comedy Science Fiction
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Satire,war fiction
The Naked Ape Desmond Morris Anthropology
The fountainhead Ayn Rand Philosophy
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Fiction
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Fiction
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking Science
Good to Great Jim C Collins Management
Introduction to sociology Anthony Giddens Sociology
The Lean Startup Eric Ries Business
Brave New World Aldous Huxley Science Fiction

Level 3 –

Book Author Category
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Philosophy
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig Philosophy
India after Gandhi Ramachandra Guha History
The Argumentative Indian Amartya Sen Essays
The Great Indian Novel Shashi Tharoor Fiction
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Fiction
Sperm Wars Robin Baker Evolution
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Historiographic Metafiction
Collapse Jared Diamond Sociology
Civilization and Its Discontents Sigmund Freud Psychology
Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely Behavioral Economics


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