Which are the best books to get lost in?
There are almost as many answers to that question as there are readers.
Reading a book is a special experience, the chance to enjoy a deep, intimate journey through the mind of an author. Some of the most memorable books transport the reader into a world so rich and robust that you can leave the “real world” behind for hours at a time.
Take a chance on any of these 3 selections, and enjoy the trip!
Best Books To Get Lost In
No… THE romance novel!
Emily Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights tore up the old rules and broke new ground. Its sheer genius is underscored by a note of tragedy, as Brontë died just a year after the book’s publication, leaving this as the sole testament to her creative force as an author.
In one review, Robert McCrum of the Guardian writes:
…Wuthering Heights releases extraordinary new energies in the novel, renews its potential, and almost reinvents the genre. The scope and drift of its imagination, its passionate exploration of a fatal yet regenerative love affair, and its brilliant manipulation of time and space put it in a league of its own. This is great English literature, the fruit of a quite extraordinary childhood.
Did you read this novel in high school or perhaps college? Even if you did, it is well worth revisiting the classics to get an appreciation for exactly why books like this stand the test of time.
A Song of Ice & Fire
If you have watched the award-winning HBO series “Game of Thrones” adapted from George R. R. Martin’s books, do yourself a favor and actually read this massive “Song of Ice and Fire” series of fantasy novels. It will take forever, but you won’t be sorry!
What makes Martin’s writing so special is the way he writes each chapter from the perspective of a single character, shifting the language and perceptions based on which player is driving the action. We sense Ned Stark’s uneasiness at playing the political games in Kings Landing, the analytical view with which Tyrion Lannister calculates his schemes, and the sense of honor that drives Brienne of Tarth on her endless quests.
In one memorable chapter we meet a fascinating new character, learning about his background, his hopes and his disappointments, only to see him killed off immediately. This sudden turns shocks the reader, but then you realize that the reason you have that reaction is because of how vividly Martin brought that character to life for you.
Yes, there’s a lot of death in A Song of Ice & Fire, but there are also so many memorable experiences that make those lives worth experiencing.
The Last Lion
Who says you have to get lost in fantasy? William Manchester’s “The Last Lion” is a mammoth biography of Winston Churchill, three volumes that cover the early, middle and later portion of Churchill’s epic life.
Manchester takes extra care to set the scene for the different stages of Churchill’s story. Whether profiling the high society lifestyle of the late Victorian era or the horrors of trench warfare in World War I, you get a sense of Churchill’s incredible journey and the turbulent times that he lived through.
After you watched “The Crown” you wanted to learn more about Winston Churchill, anyway, didn’t you?
You won’t be disappointed, trust me.
Churchill’s life features epic political battles, daring military adventures, and more drama than the wildest fiction. His enormous impact on the 20th Century makes this story all the more special.
Books To Get Lost In
Do you have a favorite book that transports you to another world? Sound off in the comments below and tell us about it!