‘I’m going to buy another book’ is the favourite phrase of every ardent reader. At the bookstore, though, the singular plan turns into buying more than one book. An everyday dilemma for most of the bibliophiles, we can’t get enough of literary treasure. Every book comes with a unique angle. However, some twisted plotlines leave us with a strange conclusion. Such reads, although not primarily appreciated by all, are tucked neatly in the corner of our minds. We have compiled a list of five such good books to read.
5 Good Books To Read That Will Play With Your Mind
A must-read book plays out of the ordinary in terms of the Narration, Script, Concept, and Characterisation. In this article, we are listing down five such books that are full of quirks and make for an outstanding read for the ones who want to break out of the monotony. A list of 5 best books to be added to your reading bucket lists. Scroll down to check out the top 5 books with unique concepts. Below are five top picks:
1. Gadsby, Ernest Vincent Wright
We all know how puzzles can play with our brains. But, how does it look when an entire book shouts a unique story with a puzzling structure. The 50,000-word story doesn’t consist of words that have the letter ‘e.’ Yes, you read it right!. Let us thank Ernest Vincent Wright for this. The plot revolves around a fictional city called Branton Hills, and it is about to collapse soon. The lead protagonist, John Gadsby, takes the mighty task of rebuilding the city by organizing an army ( a group of youth). Some books are meant to be bought without giving a second thought, and Gadsby tops our list of good books to read.
2. Alphabetical Africa, Walter Abish
Another puzzling masterpiece by Walter Abish is Alphabetical Africa, which has around 52 chapters. The 1st chapter consists of words only beginning with the letter ‘a’ and the next with the letters ‘a’ and ‘b,’ and this pattern follows subsequently till the 26th chapter. Then the pattern changes to the reverse order, where the letters from the 26th letter are removed chapter wise. The story is based on a bunch of people with names starting from ‘A’ wandering around Africa. If you think why the letters disappear, you are in for a joy ride. Try ticking this unique Bucket List, which is beyond the imagination. But we believe you can do it. A legit addition to our list of good books to read.
3. Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
Sometimes our dreams have no meaning, no matter how unique they sound. Even James Joyce – the writer of Finnegans Wake – had a similar experience as he attempted to recreate a plot from his dreams with a distinctive tone. Known as the most robust work in the history of the English Language, the story consists of a dysfunctional family, where the father is blamed for an unspecified rumor, and the rest is how the family proves him innocent. However, the craziness comes in picture when there are several pages filled with Gibberish, and also there is an unfinished ending line, which makes the work a never-ending cycle. Topping the craziness quotient, there is another version of the book called Finnegans Wake – Plot Summary, summarised by John Gordon. A rather challenging pick from our list of good books to read.
4. How it is, Samuel Beckett
When was the last time you played on the beach? Wait! Not just wearing pajamas and volleying the balls, but playing with sand. Do you remember finding any shells and tiny crabs crawling on the wet mud? Maybe yes. But, Samuel Beckett, writer of ‘How it is,’ found a story. The plot of ‘How it is’ is thought-provoking but straightforward. The narrator has no name. He describes his entire life into three phases, and they are, before Pim, with Pim, and after Pim. When the narrator starts his journey crawling through the mud in the dark, he chances upon another creature, Pim, who resembles the narrator. They are together for some time, and all of a sudden, like a bolt from the blue, Pim abandons the narrator. The narrator goes back to his original place, and he is found motionless in the dark mud. Being alone is when the closest one has abandoned you, and Samuel Beckett has done a fantastic job by penning it down. We guess James Joyce and Samuel Beckett used to write together. A definite must-read book to be added to your reading bucket list.
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5. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino
Have you read books? Might you have written books? But have you imagined to be the central character of a book you read? Yes, the central character! Then try reading ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler,’ written by Italo Calvino.
The plot is about a Reader who is reading a book called ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler,’ However, things turn sour when the Reader becomes confused and frustrated when there are too many errors. To make it worse, this happens around ten times, which leads the plot into some corrupt people surrounded by a book conspiracy. The author also allows the reader to read the chapters from the novel, in which ‘The Reader’ from the novel struggles to finish. So, if you are looking to be a part of a book as the main character and also as a Reader at the same time, you have no choice but to pick this Book and accomplish a crazy Bucket List. So, what have you decided, folks? Would be adding these good books to read in your reading list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.