So here’s the thing about the ten books challenge: List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. The idea is to instill the nostalgia of vintage books on the online community.
- The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, the name might sound misleading but it is of a different kind of love altogether. An amazing blend of past and present. Opened my eyes to love, and made me understand spirituality on so many levels. A true treat for Rumi lovers and how can you not love Shams!
- Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, a love story with a twist – not the typical happily ever after scene. I stayed up til daybreak when I first read it and cried all morning. A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, loss and moving on.
- The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, instilled a love of writing in me. Also inspired me to create my own gang of imaginary cousins, partly out of sheer jealousy I suppose. The fine details about food were also very tempting
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, a magical story which led me to daydream about my own wardrobe. Beautifully nostalgic movie which still remains a favorite.
- Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray is a useful handbook for people in relationships, although single people can also benefit from it 😛 I found great comfort from the fact that the book spoke of practical solutions and relatable things.
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, a moving story about sacrifice and love. A very different plot, not your average love story.
- A Solitary Dance by Robert something (please Google) more to the interest of Psychology majors such as myself. A young intern treats a child with schizophrenia, beautifully illustrated. I fell in love with psychology all over again.
- Hold the Dream by Barbara Bradford, a love story in its purest sense. Childhood sweethearts reunited after a very fateful evening. It helped restore my faith in true love.
- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by none other than Coelho, wonderfully enchanting story about love and spirituality. Brought me to tears. And no, it is not overrated, period.
- Jane Eyre by you-all-know-who, a timeless classic. I somehow saw myself in Jane, and I fell for Rochester in an instant. A sweet romance, where Jane’s shyness was too lovable. Nostalgic novel, brings lots of memories. I have most of it’s scenes and dialogues memorized. 🙂
Happy reading! I nominate Anas and Furqan. Best of luck guys!