5 Influential Books (Fiction Edit)

I have a confession to make. I am a binge reader. I read book after book and in most cases I do not remember most of them. It’s the ritual I enjoy the most. However, there are a few reads that have never left my mind; books that I always recommend to my friends, books that I always go back to.

In my belief, every reader takes a different message from the same book. The time in life and theenvironment we are in while reading influences our senses and opens different perspectives for us.

Today I am sharing 5 novels which in certain time of my life changed my mindset or encouraged me to be a better self.

LOVE – The Night in Lisbon by Erich Maria Remarque

This one shook my world. The Night in Lisbon is a story about unconditional love, love that I could have never thought existed until I read the book. Following the story of World War II refugee was so realistic I almost felt a part of it.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Being alone does not necessarily mean you are lonely. That is what I learned from protagonists of Murakami books. Norwegian Wood as most of Murakami books is not entirely focused on loneliness. However, it is an inseparable part of every novel of his, I find.

FAMILYPlease Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin

We tend do take a lot of things in our lives for granted. Especially family members, who we anticipate to always be there for us. We truly love and care for them of course, and yet sometimes we do not  show or tell it to them often enough.

SYMPATHYA Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life is a heartbreaking read which offers a spectrum of emotions to experience while going through each page. A great lesson to learn from this novel is to understand that everyone has a story. We are the way we are for certain reasons.

INDEPENDENCE – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre is an empowering book which reflects problems in modern society, as well as it did back in mid XIX century. Being a rather independent individual myself I truly enjoyed following Jane’s story, as well as ensuring myself that being independent woman is what I am and want to be.