Sometimes we grab a book, read the story and are done with it. We don’t give second thoughts to how the story went, or what it reflects about the world. We just live the characters for a few days and then forget about them. But have you ever read books which leave their after effects as well? There is a thing called book hangover, and if you want to experience it, here are a few books that you must read:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
I bought this randomly from a bookstore while I was at the airport. I thought I had to read something as it’s a long way and a morning flight, but the book turned out to be more interesting than what I expected. This is a book which tells us that there is no “prodigy” behind success rather it is a combination of hard work and seizing the opportunities which come at our door. It is going to inspire you to work harder in life and achieve greatness.
Candide by Voltaire
Even though the book was written in 1759, it is wrapped up with political satire that you would be able to relate to even today. The culture it talks about seems familiar and it tells us that no matter what generation it is, people are pretty much the same with similar kinds of thoughts and emotions.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
As the name suggests itself, this nonfiction book will move you to tears. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and when he was told that he had only a few months to live, he wrote this book to tell people what positivity is! He wanted to make them aware that no matter what happens, you can always be optimistic and create a positive difference in your life.
The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
There is no emotion that the series doesn’t entail. From forgiveness to fulfilling your dreams, the book tells numerous lessons that you need to know. This is the ideal book which will open your mind to new opportunities and you will grow while you read it!
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
This book is going to make you question tradition!! Is it really a good idea to go with the norms of society based on gender, sexuality, and others? The story is about a hermaphrodite, and his struggle to face the daily challenges and find his own identity in the world. This book is far of its age, as people go through similar traditional chaos.
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Hogfather is similar to Santa and it’s a fantasy story which tells how Justice, mercy, duty are also big lies in this world. It laughs at the fact that people believe there is some “rightness” in the world which people must go by. That people believe there is a wrong doing and a right one and everyone is judged on its basis!
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Kahnemann tells us how we shouldn’t really place so much confidence on our judgment. Have you seen yourself regretting your decisions and wondering “Why I did that?” Well, it’s because we don’t know how our mind works. And we absolutely have no idea how it doesn’t. It would make you realize how you should take decisions.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Terrible things happen to us in our lifetime and it’s hard for us to move on. But the one rule about life is, that it goes on and so should you. This book tells you that even if the most terrible things happen, it is Okay. After a good read, you would find it easier to accept your life situations and look at the future in front of you.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The narrator of the book is “death”. Now you pretty much know that this book will tell you that you got one life and how you need to spend the time that you have been given on Earth. If you are the one who wastes it, you would learn that Time is Precious and you need to put it to good use.