Here are some mind blowing books; great works of literature which will make you close the book at times and think about your perspective about certain things. They’ll leave some part of them with you, whether you’re a profound reader and keep exploring classic works or you are just reading it because someone has suggested you to do so. Let’s dig into our list of some mind blowing books.
1.The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn rand and was her first major literary success. The novel’s protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who refuses to compromise his artistic and personal vision for worldly recognition and success.
Reading this book is a lot like climbing a mountain. It is difficult to begin and requires a lot of willpower to continue which makes it one of the most mind blowing books.
Fun Fact for male readers: Do you call yourself egoistic? Your ego is going to shatter into pieces, I must say!
2. Catch 22: Joseph Heller
This piece of black humor was so ahead in its time that it was one of the most controversial works which were banned in the 20th century for being far ahead of the mentalities of that time.
Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 is the story of malingering bombardier John Yossarian. He’s a hero, but also enraged at the idea that there are multitudes of people he has never met who are trying to kill him.
The phrase ‘Catch-22’ was coined after this book (published in November, 1961) which is synonymous with the word ‘conundrum’.
3. The Godfather: Mario Puzo
‘I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.’ It’s not wrong in saying that when Mario Puzo quoted this line in his work, the offer actually meant his book.
The interest level and thrill in this work is too damn high. It’s the only novel included in this list which isn’t a stand-alone i.e. it’s the first part of a three novel series, and if you read this, I suppose you’ll end up reading the next two also.
4. The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
A gripping and emotional story of betrayal and redemption which will do both, thrill and move you at the same time. Explore the tale of two friends, Amir & Hassan, as this hardly ever dull piece will become Amir’s quest for redemption- righting the wrongs he committed all those years ago as a boy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
5. The Band of brothers: Stephen E. Ambrose
Many of you already know this as an impeccable television series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, but trust me, its a lot more!
Stephen Edward Ambrose, one of the handful of historians who became best-selling authors, passed far before his time (due to lung cancer), has given us some of the best histories of World War II out there, with Band of Brothers being the best of the bunch. From their rigorous training in Georgia to the end of the war, Ambrose tells the incredible story of the men of Easy Company. They were soldiers who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, and whose inspiring story lives on not only in this book, but in dozens of others.
6. The Catcher in the Rye: J. D. Salinger
Although this book outlines the unedited thoughts of a teenager about innocence, authentic vs. artificial, death and sexual confusion, it took about 15 years for Salinger to complete this book. It was started when he was in his twenties, grew as a short story and was completed in his thirties in 1951.
It raised many controversies when it was published as it was far ahead of its time; this can be regarded as cult in the era of modern literature.
7. Autobiography of a Yogi: Yogi Paramhansa Yogananda
As the name suggests, this is an autobiography of a Hindu Saint Shri Paramahansa Yogananda first published in 1946.
This is one of the mind blowing books which is some kind of magic spell; it revolves around the life of Mukunda Lal Ghosh (later Paramahansa Yogananda), born to a Bengali family in Gorakhpur who finds the true meaning of his life in spirituality.
It is believed to have changed lives of many including the likes of current Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, and I assure you’ll not regret reading it.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
A Pulitzer Prize winning work of classic American literature, To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and was an immediate success.
This perennially school-assigned novel by Harper Lee is classic for a reason. Six year old Scout and her elder brother Jem spend their days riding bikes, spying on neighbors, and hanging out with friends. Things in town become much more serious, when their widowed father, Atticus Finch, comes to defend a black man who’s been accused of raping a white girl.
You’ll see kids thrust into a very adult world, and lean on their dad to help put things in perspective.
9. The Alchemist: Paulo Coehlo
While reading through the book you can tell that the author is wise, he has lived a long time, because of the messages he shares through the characters in his story.
It gives a beautiful & clear picture on the most important lesson of our lives, ‘to believe in ourselves and follow our dreams.’
10. The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
This book is a tremendously powerful portrayal of life under the Nazis, especially as it was experienced by German youth. Characters suffer cruel fates but also are great examples of the power of personal sacrifice, heroism, friendship, and courage. This is a tough story told about a horrendous time, so there’s plenty of grief and sadness, as well as violence and cruelty. But ultimately the book is a portrait of the triumph of spirit and humanity.
Best part of this book is its narrator!
11. The Dharma Bums: Jack Kerouac
One of Jack Kerouac’s most powerful and influential novels, the story focuses on two euphoric young Americans – Japhy Ryder (A mountaineer, poet and Zen Buddhist) and Ray Smith (A zestful, innocent writer).
The plot of this masterpiece revolves around these two, about how their quest for truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco’s Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in High Sierras.
We would be glad to know about the mind blowing books, which changed you in any manner after being read.
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