Have you ever read pieces of fiction that tugged at your soul? Pieces of work that left you thinking for days? Pieces of fiction that shook you to the core? Well, i have and i want to share them with you today. I will leave a book summary and the elements of each one that made an impact without trying to spoil the story. Here are some of the thought provoking novels I have read in my life
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The Limits of fifteen year old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: Prayer, sleep, study, prayer.
When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crises, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love-and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s style of writing is very simple but very reminiscent of home (Nigeria). I love how she always incorporates her culture into her stories and how her roots always shine through her words. Her book , Purple Hibiscus was published in 2003 and she has carried on releasing wonderful fiction since then . Purple Hibiscus shows us life through Kambili’s eyes and what it is like for her to be raised in an extreme catholic home. The story shows us how extreme people can take religion and If you feel like you should be offended, read the book first. She writes this without bashing anybody’s belief. Instead, she shows us how human beings will use any reason available to go to extreme measures. It is extremely baffling how someone can preach against something but commit the same attrocities using their misunderstood beliefs as a reason. Reading the novel was my first introduction to religious fanaticism. The ending was completely shocking because one of the characters commits the worst sin of them all and kind of gets away with it. So if you have not read it, please do. You won’t regret it.
If I die before i wake by Emily Koch
“Everybody believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, he can only listen. But he soon suspects that his accident was not an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger”
The book is written from the Victim’s point of view. After Alex falls from a rock climbing accident, he is now in a seemingly permanent vegetative state. However, he can still smell, feel and most importantly hear the people around him . The book reveals that he has been in this state for two years. His state has taken its toll on not only him but his family members and his girlfriend Bea who still believes that he will wake up one day.
The author helps us to get into Alex’s inner thoughts as he shares both past and present experiences and how he manages to keep sane in his present state. As time goes on, he hears that his accident was not an accident at all and the killer is still out there. Somehow, with what he hears and remembers, he manages to piece together who his killer is. The problem is, can he warn his loved ones before they decide to let him go?
The author gives us an insight into locked in syndrome. I could feel the pain it was causing to the people around him and how they had to make this decision of letting him go. It was not any easier for the protagonist as he had to struggle everyday with the decision of whether he wanted to live or die. The book is very captivating. I say this because I finished the book in one day. It left me with this strange feeling because I kept imagining how it would be to be completely paralysed and unconcious but still have your senses working without anyone realising.
So in my opinion, I would encourage everyone to read the book. It is a captivating piece that will make you thankful for good health.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
‘These are questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick and an examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says there weren’t made by him and there are persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? “
To be completely fair, I have not read the book but I did watch the film and was still shook. I currently have the book in my library and will read it at my earliest convenience
The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
” The story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life: following a heart attack, he decides to sell all his beloved possessions and trek to India. On a life changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he meets Himalayan gurus who offer powerful, wise and practical lessons
Reading this book taught me the importance of slowing down. In life, we get carried away by our desires and goals and put so much pressure on ourselves that we forget to just slow down and take care of our health. Life can be very overwhelming which is why it is incredibly important that we take care of ourselves.
Which ones have you read?
Which books have rustled up emotions? Or left you thinking about life? Let me know in the comment section below. Read them all, I sear you won’t regret it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day