There is a popular saying in Chinese culture,”People know the price of everything, but the value of nothing”. A good book can be a life-changing experience, it can teach you lessons so valuable that the journey it sends you on will last a lifetime.
We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too. Yes, books are a form of portable magic that unleashes itself and works its magic on us as we finish each chapter. For thousands of years, ever since humans evolved into intellectual beings, they have written down their stories and quests, in various ways. A book can be our journey, for some it can be a destination. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, one life with every book he reads and the world he creates around it. Some novels can change your life dramatically, others can take you into a box of mixed emotions.
Here are three books which once you start reading, they will teleport you into a new dimension:
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most underrated novels of this decade. The book revolves around a little boy who goes on a quest to find out about the key that his father had left for him after his death in the 9/11 attacks. The protagonist of the story is a 9 year old boy named, Oskar Schell who embarks himself on a journey to find out what the key unlocks. The book is one hell of a rollercoaster ride as it connects us with the innocence of the young boy and takes us into his emotional space.
2) The Twilight Wife by A.J Banner
The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner is a psychological thriller, which leaves us with a question just how much can we trust other people and their intentions. The book is about a 34 year old Marine Biologist, Kyra Winthrop who remembers nothing about her past after a diving accident. Her memories now turned into mere flashes from the past, as her world is narrowed to a few close relationships she had with some people she lived on an island with her husband.
This twisty, engaging book takes you into Kyra’s world as it connects you with her throughout the book.
3) The North Water by Ian McGuire
In this book, author Ian McGuire narrates the tale of an opium-addicted Irish Surgeon who encounters a merciless psychopath while on an Arctic bound whaling ship and Henry Drax, who has no history, we see only things that he does. The book later goes on to unfold the story of the two men, Drax and Sumner and their fate, which is carefully scripted in a way we learn about both sides of their respective stories and not be burdened by the conclusion of the book.
The author has captured the emotions and personality of the main characters in the story which also portrays the clash of the dark and light, good and evil.