Life of Pi (by Yann Martel)
I read this book with utter disbelief and most with my heart in my mouth. It had a lot to do with the fact that I fear water and the story of this book was straight out of my nightmare.
A boy stuck in a lifeboat all alone in the middle of a vast ocean and to make it worse add a tiger to the mix, please!
The way Pi survives the ordeal.
At first, disbelieving and thinking that it will be over soon and then,
accepting the fact and taking control of life around him as best as he could, while sometimes getting frustrated and losing the will to live.
We may think Pi to be heroic, but at the end, he is human. In hindsight, I figured, all our lives are like that too. We are on our lifeboats alone in this world. We ride some waves, some rock our boats while we survive the rest until one big wave topples the ship over.
This book made me rethink about the human psyche and an insurmountable will, that can take on anything.
The diary of a young girl (by Anne Frank)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This is another book that sets in the backdrop of WWII. And like many books, as I have read on the subject, this one stands out because of its story.
While most books deal with the history and the atrocities that started with an isolation and concentration camps, this book talks about the girl who is on a deadly mission of overthrowing the Nazi regime by keeping the undercover mission alive. And in total contrast is her sister who would do anything but stay quiet until the wolf was right at her door.
The contrasting personalities of these two sisters form a backdrop and how they do what needs to be done, in their way, both showing a different way of courage.
This book will compel you a lot to think about yourself as a person and what you would do if you have stuck in that catch 22 situations.
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan