The Reading List

The Reading List

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An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

Title:The Reading List
ISBN:9780063025288
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    The Reading List Reviews

  • Paromjit

    This is a exquisite debut from Sara Nisha Adams that will resonate with anyone who loves books, their power to impart wisdom, open our eyes to the world and the lives of others, and the priceless role...

  • Angela M

    What’s more lovely than discovering a list of books in a library book with the heading “Just in case you need it” ? Perhaps, it’s reading those books with someone who needs them and your frien...

  • Denise

    I've never written a book review before and I don't really know how to go about it.I won an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It arrived yesterday and I've just finished it ...

  • Brandice

    I loved The Reading List, a story about an unlikely friendship between Aleisha, a teenager working at the library for the summer, and Mukesh, a widow trying to move forward with his life while still a...

  • Tina

    4.5 *A stunning debut novel! Kudos to Sara Nisha Adams for writing such a beautiful story!I listened to this audio and it captured my attention from beginning to end. This is a story about two very di...

  • Val

    A book about books, about the connections we find through reading, and about the way a book can change the way we view the world and ourselves. "Sometimes, books just take us away fro a little while, ...

  • Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    "...Books aren't always an escape; sometimes books teach us things. They show us the world; they don't hide it."Beautiful and heartfelt, this novel is an ode to book lovers everywhere. I just absolute...

  • La Crosse County Library

    Wow. This book broke my heart and then put it back together again! An ode to the power of books and libraries, Sara Nisha Adams's debut novel, The Reading List (2021), takes place in the London suburb...

  • MicheleReader

    Mukesh has lost his beloved wife Naina, who was an avid reader. While not a reader himself, Mukesh decides to read the book Naina was reading before she died to feel more connected to her. The Time-Tr...

  • Ellery Adams

    This book is a wonderful example of bibliotherapy in action. A lonely, grieving widower and a young woman whose family is grappling with mental health issues form an unlikely friendship over books. Ha...