Oppenheimer,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and more July book goodness!
August 5, 2023 at 6:30:00 AM
So far away from Earth, yet so close to finishing a book
I think it’s safe to say that Oppenheimer might just be the greatest film of this century. If not for the plot then definitely for the cinematography. Watching this film also takes us back to why Christopher Nolan’s movies are so captivating and profound. If you’ve also watched Interstellar, you’d know that the movie is out of this world, out of this dimension, quite literally.
Watching Interstellar made me think about books to read if you were a character in the movie, destined to go on a space expedition that you may or may not return from.
This curated list spans diverse genres of literature- science fiction, thrillers, contemporary fiction, self-help, and much more. Join me on this space odyssey for the right book and keep your Amazon carts empty and ready to be filled up!
1) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
You would like to take something that would help you laugh during desolate times but feel understood and what would be better than a comedy that is also science fiction?
This story begins with the demolishing of Earth and our main character Arthur Dent being the sole survivor of it. It takes us through Arthur’s journey through space with a friend named Ford Prefect who is an alien researcher as they meet new people with unpronounceable names, and depressing machines and discover the real reason behind Earth’s demolition. Wildly amusing and strangely scientific, this book is the definition of dry humour.
2) When you know, you know by Gauri Budh Keeping yourself motivated during obstacles, to understanding yourself and your true potential, to exploring the world and people around you are the traits that every human should aspire to have for the sake of happiness and sanity. When you know, you know is a debut novel by Gauri Budh where she imparts wisdom to readers that is relevant to this day and age.
3) Gin Soaked Boy by Sandeep Mathew
Depression and anxiety are seen as things to be endured but not expressed, discerned as things to be read but not talked about. In a country where mental health still is considered taboo, here is a book that does just that. Gin Soaked Boy is about a boy who was once considered a prodigy, a paragon of excellence and success but grows up to be succumbed to alcoholism and drown in a turbulent ocean of a man’s greatest enemy-one’s mind.
4) The Mystery Mountains by Aurijit Ganguli
If you were stuck on a space expedition, you would want
to read something that would grab your hand and lead you to an adventure, to make you forget about your reality just for a little while. The Mystery Mountains also talks about the earth being in the path of a major catastrophe(do I see a common pattern arising or is this a prophecy for the end of the world?). It is up to our protagonists Lisa, a chef, Arjun, a botanist, and an archaeologist to embark on a journey full of twists and turns and unravel the key that might help save Earth from being destroyed. Brilliantly plot driven with elements of mythological and science fiction, this book will keep you on the edge of your seats.
5) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Imagine being in a world that is not yours, living a completely different life where you’ve never met your wife or had your son, that is the life Jason Dessen wakes up to. The only thing he remembers is being knocked out after someone asked ‘Are you happy with your life’? This science fiction thriller will stretch your mind in all
directions, driving you to understand the impact of our choices and roads not taken.
6) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
If you were stuck in space not knowing when you’ll come back home and you are tired of your companion’s constant presence, you would need a book that would make you snort with laughter, cry until your nose becomes runny and makes your heart melt. A Man Called Ove is about Ove, a grumpy old man in a neighbourhood. He goes by strict rules and is the very definition of bitterness but when an obnoxiously loud family moves in next door, his life is turned upside down. Brilliantly emotional and heartwarming, Fredrick Backman makes us fall in love
with a man who is also known as ‘the bitter neighbour from hell’.
We hope you find your next read in this collection. With relentless rain falling day and night, what better way to spend time at home than reading a good book whilst drinking a warm cup of coffee or tea?