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By Marbamonlang Rani
I believe most people would agree with me when I say that books can heal and help us maintain a calm mind and spirit.
The best part about them is that they let us travel without moving our feet. However, some of us are immensely immersed and have a grand obsession for books while some do not.
According to author J.K Rowling, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
With that in mind, here are a few books from different genres that I believe are outstanding.
The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come
The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come by John Bunyan, is a religious allegory that symbolises the life of a man named Christian.
Christian journeys through a pilgrimage of life as he learns more about God, by reading a book (the Bible). Leaving his house and family, he ventures from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.
On the way, he is burdened by struggles and pain which he wants to get rid of. He encounters deception, temptation and wickedness but is also rescued by a few friendly guides like Help and an Evangelist, and ultimately becomes a friend of Faith and Hopeful.
Christian continues his pilgrimage despite the rough journey, longing for the glory and peace the Celestial City awaited him.
The Diary of a Young Girl/ The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a diary of Anne Frank which was discovered in the attic where she spent the last years of her life.
In this outstanding classic, the 13-year-old young Jewish girl records her time spent in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
The Harry Potter Book Series
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author, J. K. Rowling, that introduces every reader to a fantastic world of Magic.
If you are a Muggle (ordinary human) and do not know about the prestigious Hogwarts or about spells, and flying broomsticks, the books can help you there!
Here is the story about a young boy, a prophesied hero, named Harry Potter, who turned out to be a Grand Wizard.
The last latest addition, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the endgame of the book series, that settles the final happy ending of the Magical World.
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly differs from the fairytale that most of us have heard of.
In this book, Belle, who is held hostage in the Beast’s Castle, finds freedom in a magical book that led her to the land of Nevermore.
However, each time she visits this glittering and fancy land, it becomes harder to return. The story revolves around two sisters - Love and Death playing a bet on the Beast and Belle. But when Death realises how close she is to losing, she plays her foul card to win the game.
You Can Win
You Can Win is a bestselling novel that improves the reader’s personal and professional development and guides one towards harbouring a positive attitude.
In his book, Shiv Khera includes simple but genius short stories that have a life-changing impact.
At the end of every chapter, there are resolutions to make and little appreciable changes to practice, motivating the reader to have a more optimistic outlook on life.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is a remarkable book.
The book is more realistic and is much more different from other self-help books.
If you are depressed, confused or stuck in a phase where it’s hard to get out, this book can turn your world upside down.
Mark Mason guides his readers to achieve success, health, happiness and peace, but not in a typical manner. If you need a purpose-driven life, or motivation, or have just had a terrible relationship, go for the book. It will change your entire perspective on life and the little things you underestimate.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”-William Styron.
DISCLAIMER: This is a personal opinion. The opinion expressed in the article above belongs to the writer alone and TNT- The Northeast Today may not endorse the same views.