Reading is one of the purest joys in the world. A good book can transport you across continents, time, and even realities and still leave you craving for more.
Let’s take a look at some of these amazing books and what they teach us about life:
1. The Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter series isn’t just meant for kids. As you read through it, you start to come across themes that are meant for children and adults too and these themes are highly relevant in our lives. One of the largest themes in the series is love. Love is powerful and can drive people to do extraordinary things for each other. If you love your family and friends, you must show it. The lack of love leads to broken, damaged, and woefully ignorant individuals like Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, and even Severus Snape (who, although heroic, is still a huge bully). Harry Potter also explores loyalty and friendship. Anyone looking for wisdom just has to read what Dumbledore has to say.
2. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
If you are someone who wants to focus on living life with intent, this is the right book for you. Revolving around a protagonist who travels around the country on his bike, this book teaches you the art of being truly connected with all your surroundings. We all lead lives that are hectic and busy and being connected to nature and small moments in life can pose a challenge. The benefits of being able to do so are immense and it is essential that we all take out time to do so.
3. The Godfather
This classic is one that’s unparalleled. The Godfather has a ton of life lessons to offer but one of the most important ones is the ability to always anticipate the worst. By being prepared for all that life can throw your way, you can ensure that if something unfortunate happens, you can always meet life’s challenges head on. In the real world, one of the best ways that you can do so is by investing in life insurance. It will help keep your family secure and safe should anything bad happen.
This book needs to be read whilst munching on a pinch of salt as it’s very tongue-in-cheek and not meant to be taken 100% seriously. The protagonist is a woman in a hospital who is reminiscing over her life to pass the time. She tells the reader sordid details of her life and her continual quest to question what society says about women. Of course, some of the things she talks about are purely there for shock value, but ultimately, they do make you think about all the lessons you’ve been conditioned to imbibe as a woman and whether or not they make any sense.
5. Difficult Daughters
Set around partition, Difficult Daughters is about the journey of one woman, Virmati, and her desire for meaning in her life. She falls in love with a married man, becomes one of the first women to study and achieve MAs in a time where women were just meant to be wives and mothers, and even deals with hard emotions like dissatisfaction and depression as she realises that life is only what you make it. This book explores multiple themes regarding femininity, expectations placed on women, the meaning of being fulfilled and happy, and so on.