Through our imaginations, books often take us to different places.
We travel to countries we have never set foot on, meet people that don’t exist and live through lives that aren’t ours.
If that doesn’t sound like magic to you, then I don’t know what is.
However, there are 3 books I would like to recommend to anyone who feels like they are tired of imagining, flying and wandering.
If you’re a mood reader, just like me and want something more grounding that teaches you to live in the present moment, these books might interest you.
Written by Laksmi Pamuntjak, this book is an epic retelling of the Mahabharata. A cultural heritage shared by India and Indonesia. The book was set in Indonesia during the communism political movement in the 1960s.
Originally, this book was written in Indonesian language and was titled, Amba, who happens to be the protagonist of this Mahabharata re-telling.
The author brilliantly retold Amba’s tragic love story which involves a love triangle during war and historical political events.
How does this book remind you to live in the present moment? Things can happen in a blink of an eye and your whole life will be dependent on the very few last memories that you have.
Think about it, whenever things go wrong in the present moment, we always wish we could either go back in time to fix things or travel to the future to get past it.
This book teaches you that sometimes, you might not even have a future to look forward to, and you will have to hold onto memories that help you live through the pain.
Tragic read it is, not for the weak-hearted. I was sad for over a month after reading this beautiful yet horrific re-telling. It is my absolute favourite book of all time.
Purchase this book from book depository.
Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s debut novel revolves around a little cafe in Tokyo that offers its customers the experience of traveling back in time.
However, there are a handful of rules you must follow or you’ll have to face the consequences. One of the rules is that you must drink the coffee before it gets cold in order to return to the present, hence the title of the book.
The story is divided into four short stories; The Lovers, The Husband and Wife, The Sisters and The Mother and Child.
Although four separate stories, as you keep reading this book, you’ll realise that these characters are somehow linked to each other.
There is also a second book called with another 4 unique tales.
Bear in mind that this is a Japanese translated novel and might not be the easiest to digest.
I loved how this book taught us to live in the present moment by allowing the characters to travel back in time yet not allowing them to make any changes that can change the outcome of the future.
Then what’s the point really? This book explains it perfectly, I’m not going to spoil it for you.
All I can say is that this is one of my top reads of 2020!
Lang Leav’s poetry is a fresh take on familiar perspectives on how we can view love, life and relationships.
Although poetry is quite subjective, I believe anyone who reads this collection of her’s will be reminded to live in the present moment.
This book did teach me to acknowledge how I feel in the present moment, despite my feelings being tied to past memories or future worries.
I guess that is the beauty of poetry, it connects with you instantly and forces you to be aware of how you feel in that exact moment.
This collection of poetry definitely had a good mix of sad poems and uplifting ones as well.
If you’ve read any of these three books, feel free to DM me on instagram to discuss it with me!
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