Books have always been a source of inspiration, they make you look at life with a deeper meaning and think from different perspectives. You can always go back to books as they will never complain but forever wait for you to return. Some books even leave a heart-touching impact on your life and they tend to remain your best friends with no demands and no conditions. Read more to find out how these books will change your perspective of life.
1. To Sir, With Love
“So long as we learn it doesn’t matter who teaches us, does it?” – ER Braithwaite
Set against the backdrop of post The Second World War, E.R Braithwaite tells his own story as a teacher in a rundown school in the East End of London in his book, To sir, with love. His job as a teacher at this school turns out to be life changing after many initial hostilities ,and paved his way to become a social worker and later an author of note. In his book, the author shares his memories as a teacher and how his students treated him indifferently and discriminated against him for being an African-American. The book then reveals how things started to change and how Braithwaite as a teacher created an impact in the life of his students. It ends with how they develop a profound bond with each other. This book is a must read for all those who share a special bond with their teachers, this will make you think from a new perspective.
2. Harry Potter Series
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”- JK Rowling
J.K Rowling not only captured many hearts with the Harry Potter Series but also proved that your imagination and creativity are the factors that make you unique. The Harry Potter series has literally transported us to a different world. These books are read worldwide and have won many hearts. The wizarding world, the orphan boy commonly known as “The boy who lived”, and all the other characters are remarkable in every way. This series encourages you to let out your imagination to its best even if it sounds highly unbelievable.
3. The Fault in Our Stars
“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt”- John Green
The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green is a wake-up call for everyone around the world. This book emphasizes on the need to have a sense of respect and empathy towards people suffering from various disorders or illnesses rather than considering them as outcasts, treating them indifferently or looking down upon them.. This book beautifully traces the life of two young teens who are counting the last days of their life but yet help each other to overcome their own struggles and fears. Reading this book will make you reflect upon your own life and know how blessed we are.
4. God of Small Things
“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”- Arundhati Roy
Not many Authors are fortunate enough to win “The Booker Prize” for their very first Novel and if Arundhati Roy was able to do so then it’s because, The God of Small Things is a heart-touching novel. This book recounts incidents from the life of fraternal twins Estha and Rahel who are living with their divorced mother Ammu and traces stories right from their childhood to their adulthood. While the novel tells stories about the twins and many other characters, it also resonates with larger social and political issues. It highlights the caste-based discrimination that was prevalent in India during the 1960’s. This book will make you ponder upon the caste and status based issues that still exist in the society we live in.
5. The Alchemist
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”- Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s story about a young shepherd boy named Santiago who is on a journey to realize his dreams and chase his destiny has inspired people all over the world to follow the voice of their heart. This book is beautifully written and teaches us some of the greatest life lessons. One being that anything worth having is worth fighting for and failure is not when you fail to reach your goals but when you give up even before chasing your dreams. Read this book and get motivated, it will act as a guide throughout your life.
6. Life of Pi
“If you believe in everything you will end up not believing in anything at all”- Yan Martel
Being alone, stranded on a boat along with a tiger named Richard Parker and with the vast ocean surrounding you is more than what one can imagine. Yan Martel’s story about a young boy named Pi who lost everything but survives through the toughest circumstances any human can face is not only wonderful but breathtaking at the same time. His journey of discovering himself and his faith in God is remarkable. This book leaves you engrossed till the end and also teaches you to co-exist with animals and respect them because after all they too are living beings and we were called to help each other. The book’s adaptation into a movie was definitely worth an Oscar.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee
Harper Lee has written only two books in her entire life one being To Kill a Mocking Bird and another its sequel which was published after a long gap of 55 years, yet these two books have been considered as all-time favorites. This book explores the racial tensions and social inequality that existed in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama during the 1930’s. Lee beautifully narrates the story of two siblings and their father who is a lawyer and is fighting the case of an innocent black man, who is falsely accused and charged with the rape of a white woman. It surely is an eye-opener as it was the first book to question racial stereotypes.
8. A Walk to Remember
“Our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I feel it.”- Nicholas Sparks
Written by Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember is the story of two young individuals who are completely different from each other and hail from different backgrounds, but despite all the differences, fall in love. The main theme of the book is based on the common saying, “never judge a book by its cover”; in short never judge a person by his or her appearance. On one hand, we have Landon, who is also the narrator of the story, popular in his college for all the wrong reasons and on the other hand, we have Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the Reverend of the church in their town, who is loved by everyone for her righteous and loving nature. A twist of fates and destiny brings them together, Jamie then becomes the reason behind all the good changes in Landon’s life, but maybe God has some other plans and it is later discovered that she is suffering from Leukemia. What follows next, is how love stands strong, even during the hard phase of life. This book surely is an eye-opener and it emphasises on the fact, that you do not meet people accidentally, they come into your life for a reason.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
“we accept the love we think we deserve”- Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of a teenager named Charlie who is an introvert and is slightly different from others, the reason being that he was a victim of child abuse which is later revealed in the story. This book is the best one for teenagers as it has a lot to teach. It focuses on the struggles of student life, broken families, and sexual abuse and relationship issues. This is a wonderful book.
10. A Christmas Carol
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” – Charles Dickens
Belonging to the collection of old classics, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a book that imparts beautiful lessons about life. The book talks about how all of us are gifted with the freedom of choice and our choices make us who we are. Through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, we realise that despite bitter past experiences, one can still hold on to compassion towards others. This book restores our faith in humanity.