Books are the gateway to different realities. They allow us to be anyone we want and to life different lives through their characters. If you are a book lover and are looking for a new addition to your library, then hopefully this article will inspire you.

1. A Paris apartment by Michelle Gable

 This is a book for hopeless romantics, and for anyone who enjoys  happy endings. The protagonist is April Vogt, an American continental furniture specialist who is sent to Paris to give her expertise on an apartment which had its doors shut for 70 years. To her surprise she discovers that this apartment is unlike any other, in fact it hides an unknown treasure, a portrait by one of the masters of the belle époque, Giovanni Boldini. The book follows April’s footsteps in the search to discover who the mysterious lady in the portrait is and tries to make sure she gets the recognition she deserves for being the muse of the master painter. As Paris is the main location, you can expect romantic adventures, a sprinkle of melancholy, and mysterious sexy French men, which will only add to your delight.

2. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This might not be to everyone’s taste but it is truly a masterpiece of 19th century literature. The central character, Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin, is a good and open-hearted person, and due to these characteristics, he is considered to lack intelligence and insight by the people he encounters. By setting this unique and innocent character in an environment full of conflict, the author creates a tragic story. Philosopher A.C. Grayling described this book as “one of the most excoriating, compelling and remarkable books ever written; and without question one of the greatest.”, so if you want to experience some great Russian literature give this book a try.

3. Shtum by Jem Lester

This powerful book will make you cry and laugh like no other book. Sthum by Jem Lester depicts the story of Jonah, a 10 years old autistic boy, and the struggles of his single father Ben, who desperately fights to create a better future for his son. As the author is no stranger to autism, as his own son suffers from it, this book is a realistic description of what having a child with this disability truly is like, without the ‘fashionable’ status depicted in the media. The book also shows the struggle from the father’s perspective as it follows three generations of men, Jonah, his father Ben, and his grandfather Georg. This is a book that I truly loved and I would read it again knowing it would still awake the same emotions as it did the first time.

4. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian is a book that will keep you fascinated and intrigued for days. When splintering, blood-soaked images appear in her dreams, Yeong-Hye’s life would change forever. After refusing to eat any meat and changing her lifestyle drastically, her family sets on a quest to get her back to ‘normal’. This fascinating book will make you thirsty to know more about the faith of its characters by keeping you in a constant state of intrigue and curiosity.

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