Reading allows the mind to do incredible things. Reading books expands your knowledge. Fictional books, however, are a specific genre of reading that open up a wider range of possibilities.
The fictional genre is especially useful. It lends thought to possible theories, scenarios, and imaginative worlds. As you read these books, you are able to put yourself into the shoes of others. Reading these stories helps us to see the world through a different perceptive. Viewing the world outside of your personal lens is a priceless and important experience.
Beyond this, though, the fictional genre offers readers an escape from reality. We know all to well how hard facing the real world can be. Thus, if you find solace in reading fictional work, there is even more reason to continue reading this article.
With the guidance of the artist Cami Petyn, here are a list of fictional books that you must read in your lifetime:
Haruki Murakami: A Master Author
Haruki Murakami is one of the most well-known writers of all time. His career is marked by some of the best fictional books ever created.
Most importantly, though, Murakami was awarded the “World Fantasy Award,” highlighting the international significance of his fictional works in particular.
It is easy to see, then, why Murakami’s work is so highly recommended. As a result, we have included three works from the fictional writer. He continues to capture audiences worldwide.
Dance Dance Dance
“Dance Dance Dance” is the sixth novel written by the talented Japanese writer. This fictional book follows an unnamed protagonist. The character makes a living as a commercial writer. He has dreams which take him on a journey to uncover mysteries. Along the way, he meets a troubled young girl who he shares his visions with.
As many other fictional writers, Murakami focuses on surrealism. But, this book encompasses all that make his books legendary. There is a disturbing and altered reality with a touch of supernatural mixed in. The book’s sensitive characters and great metaphors will take you on a journey as you read.
Kafka On The Shore
Written in the early 2000’s, “Kafka on the Shore” grew to be legendary. In fact, this is the piece that crowned Murakami with the “World Fantasy Award” in 2006. Murakami’s writing links the supernatural to surrealism within a modern setting.
The novel focuses on two characters. One of the main characters is the teenager Kafka. Their journey is just as much as a mystery to them as it is us. The story is vivid and entertaining. We really think you will enjoy it.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s cat and eventually, his missing wife. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists.
“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” is one of Murakami’s first pieces. Despite this, it is still one of his best. But, you don’t have to take our word for it. This novel earned a substantial amount of awards. It attracted attention all over the world.
Fictional Books From Other Great Authors
The next set of books are not written by Murakami. However, they are written by other amazing fiction authors. This list includes fictional books written by one of these other, incredible authors.
If you are a fiction reader and want more book recommendations, check out the Top 5 Best Selling Fiction Books of 2019.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Stieg Larsson
In this book, disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist finds a chance to redeem himself in solving a 40-year-old murder. As he looks for answers, Blomkvist meets an unusual investigator. His trust is not easily earned.
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is highly recommended. Although it starts off a bit slow, it is a mystery/crime thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Larson’s fictional book contains a female lead. She is characterized as intelligent and independent. This story is a great read for everyone, even if you don’t like the crime genre.
Dracula: Bram Stoker
In this novel, Count Dracula (a 15th century prince) is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Once a young lawyer is sent to Dracula’s castle, the thrilling story begins.
The book’s gothic writing sets an elegant, mysterious atmosphere. Moreover, Dracula portrays the vampire genre in a different light. Commonly, Dracula is not romanticized and never seems too dense. Nonetheless, the storytelling is straightforward and makes you feel completely immersed into the book. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the classics, you can always give it a try.
The Picture Of Dorian Grey: Oscar Wilde
“The Picture of Dorian Grey” is written by the infamous Oscar Wilde. The story is of one beauty, innocence, seduction, and more.
This work is a classic novel with a bit of gothic undertones. Beyond this, Wilde’s story development goes places you do not expect. Additionally, the piece is often read as poetic, adding elegance to the time period. However, it is worth mentioning that the themes go a bit dark and have undertones of sexuality. Yet, there is a great message that reads throughout the entire story.
Perfume: The Story Of A Murder By Patrick Suskind
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with a gift–that is–a great sense of smell. As a result, Grenouille becomes obsessed with capturing a certain smell. This brings him on a dangerous quest to create the “ultimate perfume.”
The book is very dark, gruesome and can even be a bit explicit at times. However, it has a great storyline that takes you on a journey of strangeness. The book makes you question society as a whole, and touches on the theme of being an outsider.
The Whisperer In Darkness: H.P Lovecraft
“The Whisperer in Darkness” is told by Albert N Wilmarth–an instructor of literature in Arkham, Massachusetts. A local newspaper reports accounts of strange objects. These objects are seen floating in the rivers during a historic flood.
While we know a collection of short stories with an aged writing style can be difficult to read, we still suggest you try it out. Lovecraft, additionally, is considered the master of horror writing. It is understandable why his work is easy to get hooked on.
Reading in itself is a great activity. It contributes to your growth and skills in so many ways. However, fictional books hold a special place in reading. Fictional books allow us to be creative, see things through alternative lens, and even just escape from reality for a white. We hope that these books provide a starting point in motivating readers, and furthermore, inspire book lovers to broaden their horizons.
Interested in more reading inspiration?