Books are truly a treasure trove to worlds unknown, mysteries uncovered, people, and to so much more. Reading is a blessing and books are basically a hug; they are the warm embrace on a cold rainy day, they are tight, squeezing embrace on a gloomy day, and they are fun embracing you on a particularly lousy day. I believe everybody needs hugs sometime in their life no matter how much they deny and thus, by extension, you need these reel hugs too.
So, here are some books that hug you in their arms and take you to carefully woven worlds that you cannot help but want to be a part of. Let them be your escape.
5 Books That Hug You Back in their Arms
1. All The Bright Places
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is the book for you if you need a good cry. Theodore Finch is the embodiment of so many of us on some level or the other. The book, the setting, the themes, the characters – everything, in a nutshell, is lovely. (If you know, you know.) It deals with mental health, life as we know it, yet refuses to acknowledge it, the suddenness of life, of death and feelings. It will be a roller-coaster, a great one, I promise.
The best part about this book is the little things that Finch does for people around him. By the end of the book, you just want to hug him and take away his sorrows. You want him to feel like he makes people around him feel. Go on! Read this beauty. Your heart will belong to Finch by the end of it.
2. The Magicians
Do you miss Harry Potter, Narnia, etc. but cannot find a book that can replace their place in your heart? The Magicians is a perfect mixture of Harry Potter, and Narnia but it is not a copy. It is so much more, and to be more precise, it is the best of many worlds. The Magicians by Lev Grossman is the go-to book for you if you love fantasy, a parallel universe, and other related genres.
This adult fantasy novel is what you need when you are particularly bored. It is going to make you want to keep on reading it till you reach the end. The best part is that it is followed by two equally interesting sequels books, making this trilogy a must-read.
3. The Illuminae Files
Are you longing for a good science fiction read that does not bore you and keeps you hooked until the end? Well, the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has everything you are looking for. A psycho AI, space attacks, expanded universe, habitable planets that are not just limited to earth and strong, fierce leads. This book has it all.
It is a ride of adventure, thrill, and science. It will force you to complete the trilogy in one sitting. The best part about these books is the characters who you will love by the end of the trilogy. Each one of them is unique and undergoes major character development even the murderous AI- AIDAN.
But the Illuminae Files is so much more than a science fiction novel. It coalesces so many themes like romance, dystopian future, etc. This young adult trilogy was a wonderful ride all throughout and did not bore me even once. I hope it is the same for you. Fingers crossed!
4. Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is beautifully written. It forces you to think and look for answers. It forces you to question. It makes you wonder if what we perceive is really what happens. It makes you feel uncomfortable at the right places and this is noteworthy. It involves various themes and weaves them around the characters carefully that none of them sticks out, rather they merge to create wonder.
The novel talks about art, about expression, and the power it wields. It talks about rules, about the relationship between conformity and success which could go either way. It talks about motherhood and love. It talks about secrets and how they can be so much more than omitted truths.
The novel is a must-read. It is intriguing and challenges one to reflect. A great thing is that there is a TV show based on the novel on Hulu that can be binged upon as well starring the talented Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
5. Sing, Unburied, Sing
This book by Jesmyn Ward is a song of identities, how race figures into this game of identities and of relationships between parents and children, siblings, husband, and wife. It echoes the melodies of how American history still mirrors the present today not only in America but everywhere in the world. It is beautifully written and will echo in your hearts long after you have read the book. It is a delight.
You need to find your space in this world and books do that excellently. And if you have not found a book that you want to read, then remember these words,
You need to keep looking for a book that hugs you back.