I remember being given very dull things to read at school, so much so that it put me off reading altogether. I had neither the desire nor the capacity to escape into the world of books, though I did show a natural talent for writing. But reading, that had lost its charm. I much preferred indulging myself with movies and TV shows, and pretending to be different characters. Getting lost in a book was simply a concept I could not fathom.
It took me years to find books that catered to my needs or rather piqued my interest. One such example was Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn. Never before had I read a book that made me realise the incredible power an author held in the palm of his hands – the power to captivate, engage and inspire. Before that there had been other books I loved, books like Atonement and J K Rowling’s infamous Harry Potter. When Mistborn came into my hands however, it was like magic. I understood what people meant when they spoke of getting lost in a story.
So without further ado, here are 7 books that will demonstrate just how wonderful it can be to get lost in a story:
- Harry Potter by J K Rowling
The first book I ever loved. We’re all familiar with the world of Harry Potter but if you still haven’t read the books, I suggest you pick one up.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
I come back to this book time and time again. The author captures the subtlety of moments perfectly. You’ll find yourself swept up in a world of eloquent language, evocative imagery; and a heartfelt story of love, betrayal and childhood innocence.
- The infernal devices by Cassandra Clare
Tales of vampires in Victorian times can get old, fast. Ironic, since vampires never age. The Infernal Devices brings something new to the table, against the familiar backdrop of the Victorian London setting and its not-so-damsel in distress.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson is definitely one of the best fantasy writers (though I’ve yet to explore more of the genre). A book so compelling, so unique, with characters and a setting that is so intriguing, you just can’t put it down. Well okay, it’s quite long so you have to put it down, but not without fighting off all your instincts.
- The fault in our stars by John Green
Some books have epic tales of adventure and fantastic creatures. This isn’t one of them. This book is fairly simply in structure and plot. Where it excels is in character voice. This is why I’ve included it on the list. The story is fairly simply but the characters are multifaceted. This book is simply a joy to read.
- The Martian by Andy Weir
The premise of the story? An astronaut stranded on Mars with almost zero percent chance of survival. And the opening line? I’m pretty much f*~#ed. Now that’s an attention grabber. Mark Watney’s job may be monotonous but the book certainly isn’t. Equipped with humour and suspense, this is one out of this world adventure you need to embark on.
- The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
The beauty of Rachel Watson is that she could be any one of us. Though at times hard to stomach, as evidenced by the realistic portrayals of characters and situations resembling real life, the story is one train ride you sure can’t afford to miss.