Throughout our lives, people have read a book that has impacted how they see the world by touching their inner senses, changing their life values, and placing fresh perspectives to complicated issues.
Although time may have resulted to people forgetting some life lessons, the philosophy and message ingrained in books can be learned again, proving that people can be constantly changed and reminded of becoming better beings through the books they read.
Whether it’s classic children’s novel, a sci-fi book in a dystopian setting, a romantic novel, or a culturally-centered novel, readers can constantly re-assess their values and allow the books to change them again.
Here are the 7 books you should read again now:
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should, therefore, be treated with caution.”
The world was captivated by the story of “The Boy Who Lived.”
Harry Potter did not even have an idea that he was destined to be one of the greatest wizards in the wizarding world as he lived in the Cupboard Under The Stairs together with his Muggle family – Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and Cousin Dudley.
On his eleventh birthday, Harry discovers his true identity. He leaves the muggles to be trained under the best witches and wizards at the elite Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns magic, meets new people and discovers his true potentials.
More than just a children’s book, Joanne Kathleen Rowling has inspired people to go beyond limits to discover their truest passions and identities. Challenges and detriments are meaningless if you are determined to succeed in life.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Once in a while, people encounter books that will forever impact their lives. Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” will inspire you to examine your own life and find your true Personal Legend.
Protagonist Santiago travels all around Andalusia, Tarifa, Tangier, the Sahara Desert, and even Egypt to find his treasure. Along the way, Santiago could have been presented his treasure.
He read and listened to omens that lead to his destiny, he listened to his hearts and learned what motivates his existence, he decoded nature’s interventions and realized that fate and the universe will eventually lead you to your destined path.
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
Guy Montag is a dedicated fireman who burns books and the people who smuggle those. His strained marital relationships constantly plague his mind.
Clarisse, his sweet and innocent neighbour, awakes his innocence and triggered him to imagine a happy life where books provide joy, contentment, emotions, and human connections; contrary to the disconnection that technology offered.
The clash between literature and technology signals the beginning of chaos and the end of civilization. Set in the dystopian future, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” depicts how the over-exposure to technology leads to the decay of humanity and how literature and literary enthusiasts offer salvation.
Fahrenheit 451 is a thriller for all ages, filled with lessons and insights that could awaken the senses.
4. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
“Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.”
Four different families composed of four different daughters and mothers offer this heartwarming tale of immigrant, Chinese families striving in America.
Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” chronicles the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships and shows the classic tale of how mothers commit the ultimate sacrifices to give their daughters better lives.
Set in Asia and America, the intertwining tales composed of the present and the past present the readers with the families different pasts, presents, and futures touching on literary themes such as gender empowerment, the identity conflict of the American-born Chinese daughters, marital abuse, and survival.
A must-read for all families, women ought to read this book at least once in their lifetime.
5. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
People who have read Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novel can testify that they shed tears from the book and by watching its movie adaptation.
Told from the perspective of high-school rebel Landon Carter, ‘A Walk to Remember” narrates the unique love story of Carter and Jamie Sullivan, the meek, pastor’s daughter. Their unlikely pairing enthralls readers to witness Carter’s character development throughout the story.
Jamie Sullivan is a simple and conservative girl whose the last person for Landon Carter to notice but he fell in love with her after their partnership at the school play. Jamie has a list of the things she wants to accomplish in her life and Landon helped her with some of the experiences she yearned.
Although Jamie did not exert drastic physical actions to change Landon, she emotionally convinced him to change for his future and mend relationships with his estranged father.
Though it touches Christian references, A Walk to Remember’s universal messages of love, acceptance, fate, and transformation serve an inspiration to its readers.
6. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.”
The autobiography of author Elizabeth Gilbert depicts how travel can replenish one’s empty cup.
Gilbert is living the perfect life every woman could dream of – a happy marriage, a successful career, and well-secured finances. However, all is not what it seems.
Deep inside, Liz is broken. Her marriage is falling apart. With her husband’s desire to have a child and her yearn for travel and excitement, Liz files for divorce and embarks on a full year of travel exploring the gastronomic landscape of Italy, connecting with her spirituality in Bali, and finding love in India.
Along with her intricate journeys, Liz proved the power of human connectivity and universal healing. She dispersed her broken pieces to the world and the universe formed her into a more powerful being.
7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
“You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There were things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth”
Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” tells the story of Huckleberry Finn and his runaway friend Jim. This book depicts how two people can challenge perceptions on societal issues such as culture, identity, and personal growth.
Huck’s free-spirited nature is the reason why society thinks he is a rebel. He is abhorred by the upper-crust in his society but his freedom, happiness, and access to adventures make other children envy him.
This book invigorates the child-like nature of its readers, making them see the world in childlike eyes – adventurous, equal, and loving. People certainly need to suspend their biases and mature perspectives to appreciate this novel.
Books will always change us for the better. Through associating with the characters feelings, perspectives, and experiences, we can constantly adapt to becoming fluid and adapt to ways that can make our lives better and contribute more harmony to the universe.