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7/20/2017 10MustReadBookstocrackReadingComprehensioninCAT2017

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N Shiva Guru
Apr 13 MBA Prep Exams

10 Must Read Books to crack Reading Comprehension in CAT 2017

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section is expected to have 40-
50% of Reading Comprehension questions. CAT 2017 is expected to have 34
questions in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The scoring in this
area depends on:
I:Good reading speed
II: Ability to comprehend and retain content
III: Analysing details and understanding the tone
This post focuses on Part I, i.e. Improving reading speed. To focus on Part II
and Part III, you can start learning from:

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay's book on Verbal Ability and Reading
RS Aggarwal's book onVerbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning -
Wiley's book on Verbal Ability

Good reading speedis only the second most ambiguous phrase next toaverage
package.Jokes apart, you can Know Your Reading Speedby following that link.
Reading 330 words per minute is the average we are looking for in CAT 2017.
You can improve your reading speed only by reading a lot of books. However, a
lot of students have a starting problem here. That is precisely what this post
tries to solve. Our solution is that you start with these 10short reads.
Must Read Books to crack CAT 2017

Here are 10 books that will help you start reading. Also, they will help you
score better in Reading Comprehension and by effect in CAT 2017.
1. Dept. of Speculationwritten by Jenny Oll 1/11
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1. Dept. of Speculationwritten by Jenny Oll

The book gives glimpses and insights into an imperfect marriage. It is rib-
tickling and thought-provoking in equal parts. It provides sights of hilarious
conversations between a parent and child. In the end, you are not sure if you
should hold that smile or be disturbed. Maybe both? From the CAT 2017
perspective, this book can
From the CAT 2017 perspective, this book can help build vocabulary and sense
Reading Comprehension tones. What's more, the book can be read up
2.Animal Farm by George Orwell 2/11
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The book goes on to show you whypower corruptsandabsolute power

corrupts absolutely.Written keeping in mind the background of Stalinist
Russia, it goes on to question the very roots of communism. Also, it makes you
take a peek at all the heroic things (yes, heavy sarcasm here) he has done.
This person has probably killed more people than Hitler. From the CAT
perspective, this book is a huge bonusas it helps you rmly understand the
genre/RC tone ofSatire.

3.Tuesdays with Morrieby Mitch Albom 3/11
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Mitch Albom has made a novella out of his experiences interacting with his
Professor during the latter's last days. The language is lucid, typical of a
journalist. The theme of the book is simple: it is about life. Mitch does a sort
of thesis on life with his professor. It is as beautiful as it is moving. A book
that can be read within a day, it is worth every minute of your time for its
elegance and beauty of narration.
4.The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 4/11
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It talks about a person who practises a certain faith being wronged by a nation
and by the girl he loves. It gives an idea of a person who has been terribly
affected by biases. From the perspective of CAT 2017, it gives an idea about
theacerbictone. The language also helps build vocabulary.
5.Heartburn by Nora Ephron

This book is of the genrehumourand helps a student understand the

tonestongue-in-cheek,sarcasm and the difference between the two. Add to
that it is a shortread and you have the recipe for success in CAT 2017.

6.The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 5/11
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Written by a Britisher, the book gives an idea ofwry humourto the CAT 2017
Aspirant. Also, it is an excellent source for vocabulary building. It also helps
assess the tone by using minute details and specic words. A shout of
warning here: this book might be dicult for beginners.
7. Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson 6/11
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This is a quintessential book to be read by every working professional. It hardly

takes 5 hours to read up.Moving onis a phrase thrown about too often in the
modern world. This helps the CAT 2017 Aspirant to keep his head above the
ground and have a good perspective about what to think about and what to
8.Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 7/11
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Achebe's classic novel is about Okonkwo with the backdrop of a changing

cultural landscape in Nigeria. Just 209 pages, the book gives a CAT 2017
Aspirant insights into a war stricken third world country.
9.The Awakening by Kate Chopin

This short read, written in 1899, has very goodVictorian/Queen's English.

Excellent for vocabulary building, the book throws light on issues like sexism
and also helps the CAT 2017 Aspirant understand melancholy.
10.Shopgirl by Steve Martin 8/11
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A touch sentimental, the book is about loneliness. This helps the CAT 2017
student come to terms with the meaning ofbittersweet.
These books should just bethe beginning.Once, you have started to read, the
process is self sustaining. Hope this post helps you score better in CAT 2017.
All the very Best,
Team Gradeup!!

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Rahul Apr 14 9/11
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Bro these books are available on Internet?

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Sumit Apr 14
Arun Sharma ki. Book upload it do koi
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Pukar Singh Apr 14

Hme hindu paper ka daily ka important word chahiye
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Vishnu Rathod Apr 14

Awesome book list
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Rajender ladde Apr 15

@rajender ladde
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Manomurugan Apr 15
If any on have pdf
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Chetan Kulkarni May 4

Are Paulo caelo books sucient?
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Prerna Toshniwal May 5

It would be better if you make these books available in PDF here
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Pragya Vashishtha Jun 23

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Prithwi Raj Bikku Jun 29

Thanks for the benecial suggestions!
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