More than a book reader, I am a book collector. My week does not pass without checking book recommendations. I developed this obsession for the fear of missing out on the good books. Also reading the recommendations by other writers, it gives me a confidence that the books I am reading are going to help me in life.
During one such hunt of mine, I came across the list of favourite books of Bill Gates. I was surprised that a person like Bill Gates spends his time on reading novels which are usually meant to lose yourself in a fantasy world when the real world is full of problems. The only times I ever finished a novel by reading it over night was for thrillers. Here I was reading novels I don’t even know which genre they belong to without taking a break. No doubt they were worth the time of Bill Gates.
So what are they?
1.Hyperbole and a Half
By Allie Brosh
I did not know that human emotions can be narrated in a funny way until I read this book. I could relate to almost all the irrational things mentioned in this book. I did all of them at different points of my life. Yeah! I was foolish just like her. Everyone goes through the bad. But the way you narrate, the way you perceive it makes all the difference. I can look at my past behaviour and hate myself for being so lame. But she looked at herself with a lighter heart and made her readers laugh till their stomachs hurt. Everyone who saw me read the book thought that I was hysteric. To summarise the book in a sentence, it is a book which touches upon the deep aspects of human behaviour and even tells you how to correct them. It is just that you should not read it superficially but look at the deeper meaning the author wants to convey.
2.The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
By Graeme Simsion
Don’t read the plot before you read the book. It is a book which needs to be read with an open mind. If you are an introvert who is working on improving life quality, you will relate to it totally. The author shows that you can become an expert in anything just by being curious and learning the details of it. It reminded me the way I pour through books and learn everything by reading. Self-learning is a skill which is in demand in the current world.
3.The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
By Graeme Simsion
It is the continuation of the previous book. This book tells you about the practicalities of life. It shows you how difficult it is to lead a perfect family life with your organised schedule. It tells you how knowing psychology and thinking from others perspective is the easiest way to solve problems in life. Insecurities in life will only make life harder and not easier.
Both the books by Graeme Simsion will make you laugh hard at life. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in this series.
Which novel made you rethink about life? I want to read many more such books. Do let me know in the comments section.