10 Important Books to crack Reading Comprehension for CAT 2022

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : February 9th, 2022

CAT Reading Comprehension Book: Candidates preparing for CAT 2022 must know how to prepare all the sections in a thorough manner. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section is one of the most scoring sections in the CAT exam

Exam experts have curated the top 10 CAT Books to prepare Reading Comprehension. You must read the below-mentioned books as they are highly recommended by MBA experts. 

Also read, Challenges of Reading Comprehension

In Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section it is expected to have 65-70% questions on Reading Comprehension. The scoring in this area depends on:

  1. Good reading speed
  2. Ability to comprehend and retain the content
  3. Analyzing details and understanding the tone

This post focuses on Part I, i.e. Improving reading speed


Good reading speed is at best an ambiguous phrase second to only average package. Reading 330 words per minute is the average reading speed we are aiming for CAT 2022. You can improve your reading speed only by reading a lot of books. However, a lot of students face a common problem of "Where to start from?". We suggest that you start with the below-mentioned "MUST-READ BOOKS" to start with. 

Best Books for CAT Reading Comprehension 

Here are 10 books that will cultivate your interest in Reading. Also, they will help you score better in Reading Comprehension and other areas of the verbal ability section.

1. Dept. of Speculation written by Jenny Offill


The book gives glimpses and insights into a "not so perfect" marriage. It is rib-tickling and thought-provoking in equal parts. It has many an anecdote of hilarious conversations between a parent-child duo. The book concludes on a rather vague note; you fail to understand whether you should smile or whether you should let that feeling of bereavement overpower your senses!

From the perspective of CAT 2022, this book can help in building a sound vocabulary and figuring out the tones of different passages. And the book can be completed within a few hours (An icing on the cake!) 

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell


The book shows us how power corrupts one and how infinitely absolute power corrupts one to infinitely high degrees! Written against the backdrop of Stalinist Russia, it goes on to question the very roots of communism. Also, it makes you take a look at all of his heroic deeds (yes, heavy sarcasm here). This person has killed probably more people than Hitler. From the CAT's perspective, this book is a huge bonus as it helps you firmly understand the genre/RC tone of Satire.

3. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom


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: Life.. (OXYMORON SPOTTED!). Mitch does a sort of thesis on life with his professor. It is both beautiful and 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


This book is based on a person who practices a certain faith being wronged by a nation and by the girl he loves. It exposes the mental state of a person who has been affected by biases. From the perspective of CAT 2022, it gives an idea of the acerbic tone. The language also helps build vocabulary.

5. Heartburn by Nora Ephron


This book is of the humor genre and helps a student understand the tones tongue-in-cheeksarcasm, and the difference between the two. Added to that it is a short read and you have the recipe for success in CAT 2022.

6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Written by a Britisher, the book gives an idea of wry humor to the CAT 2022 Aspirants. Also, it is an excellent source for vocabulary building. It also helps assess the tone as it uses minute details and specific words. A shout of warning here: this book might be difficult for beginners. 

7. Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson


This is a quintessential book to be read by every working professional. You will be able to finish this book within 5 hours. Moving on is a phrase thrown about too often in the modern world. This helps the CAT 2022 Aspirant to keep his head above the ground and have a good perspective about what to think about and what not to think. 

8. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Achebe's classic novel revolves around its central character  "Okonkwo " against the backdrop of a changing cultural landscape in Nigeria. Just 209 pages, the book gives a CAT 2022 Aspirant insights into a war-stricken third world country. 

9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin


This short read, written in 1899, has very good Victorian/Queen's English. Excellent for vocabulary building, the book throws light on issues like sexism and also helps the CAT 2022 Aspirants understand melancholy. 

10. Shopgirl by Steve Martin


A touch sentimental, the book is about loneliness. This helps the CAT 2022 students come to terms with the meaning of bittersweet. 



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