Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

Dramas and plays of the fiction genre are based on stories of certain characters, relationship conflicts, tragedies. The characters portrayed in these stories follow a script. In addition, most novels focus on social problems, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, racism, poverty, violence, corruption, class issues, intolerance, sexuality, religion, etc. These scripted scenes are easy to transform into a visual play. Often, these plays exhibit social and natural disasters. However, drama is written in dialogue, whereas a play can be performed on the stage. Dramas and play genres often mix with other genres. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Dramas & Plays.

1. Wrapped in Rain: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

An internationally famous photographer, Tucker Mason has traveled the world, capturing things other people don’t see. But what Tucker can’t see is how to let go of his traumatic childhood and forgive his father. On a sprawling Southern estate, Tucker and his younger brother, Mutt, were raised by their housekeeper, Miss Ella Rain, who loved the motherless boys like her own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and the boys was the only good thing their abusive and alcoholic father ever did. When his brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old girlfriend appears with her son and a black eye, Tucker is forced to return home and face the agony of his tragic past. Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tucker can still hear her voice—and her prayers. " Life is a battle, but you can’t fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart."  But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in. Wrapped in Rain  follows Tucker’s journey from brokenness to healing through the everlasting power of love. Praise for  Wrapped in Rain: "Charles Martin is changing the face of inspirational fiction one book at a time.  Wrapped in Rain  is a sentimental tale that is not to be missed." — Michael Morris , author of  A Place Called Wiregrass  and  Live Like You Were Dying "This is the story of a real person’s  real  struggle with the uncertainties of faith, unadorned with miracles of the  deus  ex machina sort but full of the sort of miracles that attend everyday life if you bother to notice. Charles Martin notices, and for that I commend him. He’s unafraid of tackling the crucial questions—life, death, love, sacrifice." — Duncan Murrell , editor and writer Includes discussion questions for book clubs A fifteenth anniversary note from the author A bonus excerpt from Martin’s novel  The Water Keeper

  • Author: Charles Martin
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 5, 2011)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Religion & Spirituality


2. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.

  • Author: Arthur Miller
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (March 25, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0142437339
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.45 x 7.7 inches


3. Payback's a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina  meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com by Lana Harper. Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams. But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She's determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago. On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov—an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts—who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden—unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in? But most concerning of all: Why can't she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?

  • Author: Lana Harper
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0593336069
  • Dimensions: 5.44 x 0.92 x 8.22 inches


4. Santa Cruise: A Festive and Fun Holiday Story

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

Fans of Debbie Macomber and Danielle Steel won’t want to miss this enchanting, humorous, and heartwarming novel that takes you on a singles cruise with four lifelong friends who might just find the gift of love this Christmas…   At Ridgewood High, Amy, Frankie, Rachael, and Nina formed a deep bond. Now, fifteen years after leaving school behind, they’re back for a reunion, laughing, reminiscing, and chatting how much has changed—and how much hasn’t. Nina, once the star of every school play, moved to Hollywood and landed a recurring role on a sitcom. Amy, fondly known as “the brains of the operation,” is now a Silicon Valley bioengineer. Outgoing and compassionate, Frankie works for a New York publishing house. Rachael, always the most boy-crazy of the crew, married—mostly to please her parents—but is now divorced. All four are strong, successful, and somehow, still looking for the right partner.  But Frankie has an idea to help solve that: a singles cruise for the holidays.   In late December, Amy, Rachael, Frankie, and Nina gather in Miami, ready to board their state-of-the-art cruise ship. The entertainment options are endless, the food is to die for, and the passenger list includes hundreds of eligible men. The highlight of the week will be a magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration with multiple theme parties, dancing, and fireworks. The ladies are happy to give Cupid a helping hand here and there—hanging mistletoe in elevators and cheering each other on through speed-dating events and shore excursions. Holidays—like the path of love itself—don’t always go exactly as planned, but over the course of one festive, unforgettable week, all four will set sail on surprising new adventures.

  • Author: Fern Michaels
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (September 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


5. A Raisin in the Sun

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. Winner of the NY Drama Critic's Award as Best Play of the Year, it has been hailed as a "pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." by Newsweek and "a milestone in the American Theatre." by Ebony.

  • Author: Lorraine Hansberry
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint, Reissue edition (November 29, 2004)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0679755333
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches


6. Santa's Sweetheart: A Heartwarming Texas Christmas Love Story (The Christmas Tree Ranch Book 4)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

The delightful and entertaining new holiday novel from the legendary author of dozens of treasured romances! This Christmas, visit the small town of Branding Iron, Texas, where it’s time for the Cowboy Christmas Ball and one irritable sheriff is about to get in the spirit of the season…and find love along the way. Sheriff Sam Delaney is shouldering a lot as the lone lawman in the small Texas town of Branding Iron—and the widowed single father of six-year-old Maggie. Especially since Maggie’s determined that what her daddy needs this holiday season is a girlfriend. Suddenly Sam is hustled off to a meeting with Maggie’s schoolteacher—and surprised to discover the demure Grace Chapman is unexpectedly alluring. Then he’s roped into playing Santa at the annual Christmas ball, with the pretty Miss Grace by his side. It’s enough to make Sam even grumpier than usual—if not for the feelings sweet Grace stirs up inside . . .   Grace only wants to heal after her broken engagement. So why is she so charmed by the slow smile—and the surprising tenderness—of the town’s sheriff?  Maybe because Grace is discovering that beneath Sam’s gruff exterior lies a heart as big as Texas, especially when it comes to the women in his life—like little Maggie. And now her… Which only has Grace hoping she’ll be Santa’s sweetheart for many seasons to come . . .

  • Author: Janet Dailey
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (September 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


7. Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

Hamlet : An UPDATED EDITION from the Folger Shakespeare Library Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties. Among them: What is the Ghost--Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder? The authoritative edition of Hamlet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Michael Neill Enjoy this updated Folger edition of Hamlet in either the handy pocket-sized mass market paperback (ISBN  978-0743477123), elegant trade paperback featuring finer paper and wider margins (ISBN  978-1451669411), or Kindle edition (ASIN  B00IWTWDA6).

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (July 1, 1992)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0743477123
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches


8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller. This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child .

  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Publisher: Pottermore Publishing (July 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Children's eBooks


9. Hamilton: The Revolution

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton , winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, now streaming on Disney+ with the original cast. Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation. Hamilton: The Revolution gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages -- "since before this was even a show," according to Miranda -- traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.

  • Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 12, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
  • ISBN: 978-1455539741
  • Dimensions: 8.88 x 1.5 x 10.63 inches


10. The Kiss Quotient

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - October 2021

From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post ’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018! “This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive.”—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author “ Hoang's writing bursts from the page. ”— Buzzfeed A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice—with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan—from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

  • Author: Helen Hoang
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction