Already in my relatively short life span, its safe to say I’ve read hundreds of books, possibly approaching thousands. Each one brings something different to light. A new way to think about a particular issue, or simply the push in the right direction to think about a concept. Feel good books make you happy when perhaps you haven’t been. A psychological thriller can question what you would do if you were in the same situation.
We’ve all read books that have left us speechless. Books that are just so powerful, so emotional, so all consuming, that you simply can’t put them down. The characters become like second families and the world they live in becomes interchangeable with our own. They can make you laugh, cry and fall in love and they have no qualms about doing so. They can become keys of knowledge or feel good entertainment. Every now and then though, there are rare ones that simply leave you begging for more. The ones you can’t put down. The ones that have the power to change your life is some shape or form. They not only captivated you, but willingly draw you so deeply into their world that you can no longer see the distinction between the two. That leave you speechless. Books like these can make you cry before you even realise what is happening. They make sad day’s happy, and sometimes normal days sad. These kind of books are diamonds. And they need to be appreciated.
There is a lot of websites out there advocating the best books you’ll ever read. This isn’t my intention here. Rather I want to share some books that made me speechless for whatever reason. Books that may not be literary masterpieces, but they move you as the reader. And why am I doing this you may wonder?
I recently read Fiona McIntosh’s The French Promise, and have since added this to the list of books that have left me speechless. It is beautifully written and a fascinating tale of what it means to love, to have lost somehow and the fickle and consuming nature of revenge. It’s a book that made me laugh and cry while I feel in love with the characters.
In honour of this book I’m running a giveaway to win a copy of Fiona McIntosh’s book. I stayed up late multiple nights to read and finish the narrative and was completely and utterly undone by the story. The characters felt like long lost family members and were so real to me that I became invested in their fictional lives. I cried and cried when particular characters died, but I also caught myself smiling in the middle of the day, at work, in a crowded shopping centre when I thought about the prose and what was happening in the story. The tale is haunting and beautiful. It’s about love and loss, and the cost and length’s that people will go to enact revenge for past wrongs. Simply put, this book got to me in ways I didn’t expect.
Which got me thinking about books in general that have had such a profound effect on my for whatever reason. Below is my list of those novels short-listed.
is probably one of my all time favourite novels ever. It is the first novel that captivated me and transported me to a place that wasn’t limited by my knowledge of the world. I probably read this particular novel when I was thirteen and it sparked my fascination with the written word once again (I hadn’t been reading for a long time prior). Since then I haven’t stopped reading. I’ve also become obsessed with Ireland. But that’s another story all together.
I don’t think many people haven’t read these books (although I can tell you that one of my sisters has never read one. She’s 20 this year, meanwhile the youngest sister is approaching nine and has read three). Through the use of magic, Rowling has done what many authors have failed before her to achieve. She created a main stream phenomenon that dealt with some pretty heavy concepts and she rocked at it. Sure her writings not flawless, but she is a natural born storyteller and has wowed the world many times over by doing so.
I read this while in high school before Picoult became a house hold name in Aus. The narrative got me exactly where it wanted me and then twisted the knife and went the opposite way. No other tale has ever been less predicable or true to life as this one. It was heart breaking, but more importantly real. Something I needed at the time after having lost a school friend to cancer the year before.
My best friend recommended this to me in High school claiming it was the Bible. I thought she was over exaggerating and took my time getting to it. She wasn’t lying. I’ve re-read this series at least three times and still love it. The history entwined with the romance and adventure made me a recluse as I inhaled the books wanting to know what happened
was a novel I picked up last year and it not only had me crying, but whilst reading it I was a wreck. I couldn’t imagine being in any of the characters positions. Nor did I want to. Such Poignant writing that if you haven’t already read, you should seriously consider picking up. Family is number one, and this book reminded me of that.
This was my first Green novel and since then I’ve brought them all. Its a tear jerker, laced with humour and unexpected kindness and reality. It made me re-think the way I looked at life and past experiences.
This novel brought me out of my childhood in many ways, but also feed my growing fascination with the Amish culture. This narrative made me question whether I could ever be that dedicated to my faith and lifestyle to go without. It made me look more closely at society in many ways as well. I re-read this novel often and still love it to bits.
More recently, another book was added to this list.
As an avid believer in the narrative and the strength of the story I want to share this particular story in the hope that you may love it just as much as I did.
This giveaway is open to Australian residents only (sorry) . To enter the giveaway simple leave a comment telling me the books that rendered you speechless. For an extra entry subscribe to my blog and let me know via your comment. A couple of lucky readers will find themselves receive a copy of Fiona McIntosh’s The French Promise (the sequel to the Lavender Keeper).
I’m curious to know what books have had an impact on you? They don’t necessarily have to be books that changed your life or way of thinking. Just books that got you. That you loved and would recommend to everyone and anyone. Perhaps they are books you’ve read multiple times?
Competition ends Friday April 12. The names of everyone who leaves a comment will be placed in a hat and the winners chosen at random. They will be notified by email (if you choose to leave it) or via a winner’s post on Saturday 13th April 2013.