There are books that are good, and there are books that are fantastic. Today I want to introduce you to 5 books, which I find absolutely terrific. 5 books you should have read! And perhaps one or the other will find an inspiration for a Christmas present. Or just a good book for yourself.
1. The Great Gatsby
Probably the best book by F. Scott Fitzgerald*. Gatsby, the neighbor of narrator Nick Carraway, is a young millionaire and opaque businessman. His origin, his education and his wealth offer plenty of substance for rumors. He is also known for his rushing parties. But in the bottom of his heart he only wants to recover his lost love, which is now married to another man. But after a disastrous quarrel, history takes an unexpected course. Whether Jay Gatsby will still be happy in the end?
You can find the German version for example here:
Personally, however, I recommend reading the book in English *.
2. Norwegian Woods
My absolute favorite book by Haruki Murakami*. As an adult man, Kamikawa Watanabe remembers his first great love. After his best friend took his life with just 17 years, after graduating from school he loses contact with his girlfriend Naoko. But a few months later they meet again in the Tokyo subway and their friendship lives again and it develops also a tender love relationship.
But Naoko has still not overcome the death of her first friend and is brought to a sanatorium by her parents, where Kamikawa also visits her. Meanwhile, Midori Kobayashi has entered his life. But at first he can’t decide between the two. Only after another person takes his life in Tōrus environment does he know who his heart really belongs to.
3. The Magicians’ Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy Book 1
The prelude to Trudi Canavans masterful trilogy “The Guild of Black Magicians”. Sonea, a young girl from Imardin, grows up in poor conditions. But one day she gets involved in a uprising, during which it turns out that she also has undiscovered magical abilities. But the magicians initially suspect a boy next to her to be responsible for the magic attack. Instead of numbing him, however, he is accidentally killed, whereupon Sonea now has to hide from the magicians in order not to become the target himself.
When Sonea, however, gradually no longer manages to control their magical abilities and their friend Čery can no longer hide them, they seek help from thieves who demand that Sonea and čery work for them. But they too cannot prevent the Sonea from losing control of their powers. Finally, it is found by the magicians and added to the guild where it is to be taught. But as a girl from the underclass she does not have it easily and she has to endure some adversity. And then also her friend Čery is captured by one of the magicians.
Actually I would have to mention all the other novels of Trudi Canavan* in my list, but that would now blow up the framework.
4. You are a Badass at Making Money
To be successful it depends on the inner attitude, says Jen Sincero*. To become rich too. An entertaining written guide on how to steer your inner attitude towards success and money in the right ways. Much was known to me, because it resembled my previous career. To think positively, to indulge in something, to believe that money is something good, you can learn.
5. The Secret Garden
A classic written by Frances Hodgson Burnett *. By the way, the book of the Little Lord * comes from her pen.
Mary Lennox lives with her parents in India, but mostly raised a nanny. But during a cholera epidemic, both her nanny and her parents die. She is then brought to England as her only known relative, her uncle and current Guardian Archibald Craven. Yet the man still mourns his wife, who died years ago.
The initially warped and sickly girl, however, finds a secret garden, enclosed for years behind walls, which it begins to take care of in secret. Then suddenly she meets her cousin, who sits in a wheelchair. It is developing a wonderful friendship that will not only change Mary’s life.
A really wonderful book, which you can also read very well in English. Even if it is declared as a children’s and youth book, this story is also beautiful for adults to read!
I hope you enjoyed my selection. Maybe you already know one of the books? Then tell me how you found it and if you would recommend it to anyone!
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