Navin Waqar recommends you read these 10 books in lockdown

Navin Waqar recommends you read these 10 books in lockdown

On World Book Day, here's a few timeless tales you should add to your reading list.
Updated 24 Apr, 2020

Have you guys taken up reading in isolation?

With more time to spare at home in lockdown, many have gotten into reading as a hobby again. After all, how much Netflix can one person really watch? (Actually, don't answer that; the limit does not exist.)

We thought we'd reach out to Navin Waqar and ask her to share some of her favourite books that we could read to pass the time. Many of you know her from your television screens (and infamously Humsafar, duh), but what you might not know is that the actor is also a voracious reader.

Now that many book stores are delivering again, here's 10 recommendations from her, in her own words:

1) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It's one of my favourites because it's poetry in motion; I couldn't put it down!

2) The Bastard Of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Unpredictable, beautifully written with memorable characters that stay with you long after you've finished reading.

3) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I adore this book and will recommend it anyone who reads; you will laugh, cry and hope you will find another like this.

4) And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

One of the most powerful books I've ever read about relationships and loss.

5) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

As far as thrillers go, this will keep you hooked from start to finish. I read it in one sitting.

6) The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

A story of multiple strong female characters, their friendship and loyalty in the time of turmoil. A must read.

7) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

A 15-year-old with Asperger syndrome is out to solve a mystery and you will be rooting for him in more ways than one. Loved it!

8) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

It's narrated by Susie Salmon who was murdered when she was 14 and how her death impacted the people she loves dearly after she's gone.

9) To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

I've read it multiple times, more than I can count. Truly a timeless classic.

10) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This book will forever be the most beautiful love story for me. My go-to on rainy days for a bit of romance mixed with vengeance.


Hassan Naqvi Apr 24, 2020 01:12am
Wonderful recommendations. Always nice to come across or read about someone who love books
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SQ Apr 24, 2020 01:54am
Nothing from our rich Urdu literature? It is sad.
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RationalBabu Apr 24, 2020 02:22am
Any translations available for the vast majority who can’t read English?
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Saira Apr 24, 2020 03:02am
A beautiful choice of books, only that I don't agree with the first choice: "Shadow of the wind". I could never finish the book. Too long and too many lengthy and talkative passages.....
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Mnkhan Apr 24, 2020 04:53am
Have read #1, 9 and 10. Great picks
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Laila Apr 24, 2020 06:30am
I need to read the How to kill a Mockingbird, and I loved Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner, have never cried while reading a book like this one. It's beautiful but really heartbreaking. Some of the others sound interesting too... But the Lovely Bones, I tried reading it and gave up. I found it tedious, heavy, kind of not catchy enough to get through.
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DR. KAKA Apr 24, 2020 07:18am
Great Books written by Sindhis.
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Sanjay Srivastava Apr 24, 2020 07:19am
Thank you for the list. Have read some of these, will try to read some more
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Jamal Azfar Khan Apr 24, 2020 07:59am
It feels so good to find people from our show-business who read books. People look up to them and follow them. And we definitely, desperately need more people to read books.
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Haseeb Apr 24, 2020 08:28am
Also a great read (non-fiction) Some Assembly required by. Neil Shubin.
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Suleman Apr 24, 2020 09:47am
Fully endorse the list as I have read some of the books listed. I would add two more; The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
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Hamid Nazir Apr 24, 2020 10:28am
thanks for sharing this lovely collection
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TruthMatters Apr 24, 2020 11:39am
Thanks for the list!
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Rehanghazi Apr 24, 2020 07:47pm
Not a single Non Fiction book.
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Shail Apr 24, 2020 07:48pm
Looks interesting. Already read a few from the list; will try for others.
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Bella Apr 24, 2020 09:17pm
Old classics about which any student from an English medium school knows about.
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Saira Apr 24, 2020 09:37pm
@SQ Valid point!
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Shahla Apr 24, 2020 10:58pm
How strange not a single Urdu book.we have a very rich literary history.Please widen your horizon and read Urdu books.
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Hanif Hussain Apr 24, 2020 11:54pm
The mountain echoed is not much impressive as compared to Hussain’s previous book the kite runner
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