For a reader, narrowing down to just three interesting novels is such a daunting task. I’m still wondering what criteria will be used to come up with a list of three. This maybe could mean selecting random titles that come in mind which, I presume, is a perfect idea. If something keeps ringing in your mind, then it must have made an impact that makes it not to leave your mind. A novel that makes you wander in places you never imagined existed in the world is worth the memory. Those are the kinds of books penned down artistically by a talented writer.
I will mention the top three novels in my list but, before that, here are some of the criteria that I used to come up with the list rather than just the random pick that I had mentioned earlier.
- The type that you love the most; there exist more than ten genres of novels. If you identify yourself with any, then that would help you categories a good or an appalling book depending on whatever suits you.
- The plot of the novel; this is the story that is in the book. If the plot is exciting and probably resonates well with you, then you wouldn’t mind listing such a novel as an interesting one.
- Setting of the novel; this is the place that the novel is told, or rather takes place. It should sound as real as possible even when it is not. You have to relate to a particular setting so that the plot and genre of the poem can make you identify with a specific type of novel as your most favorite.
- Point of View; this refers to the voice of the narrator. It is classified into four categories that each novelist chooses which one would work well with the story that they want to write.
- Conflict; it is the juicy part of a novel. Probably the one thing that will make you hate a character or love them. There could either be an internal or external type of conflicts.
- Resolution; the character who conflicted comes back to his senses and changes for the better creating a twist in the end.
Having gone through those decisive factors then I can now comfortably choose novels that gave me goosebumps while reading them and even after.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
First, the title of the novel was catchy. Who wouldn’t want to find out what it means to live one hundred years in solitude? Gabriel Garcia Marquez is such a brilliant writer especially because his genre is in the world of fantasy. His writing skills are so apt that in the year 1982, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This book explores the theme of magic realism making a reader to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.
Things Fall Apart
This is one African novel that has been mentioned severally by literature enthusiast around the globe. Chinua Achebe’s work in this book was so good which led to his recognition. It is an African post-colonial literature that not many people dared to pen down beautifully as Chinua Achebe did.
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Harper Lee, the author of this book, once won the Pulitzer Prize. This novel delves into the deeply rooted forms of racism in South America. It is this book that made Harper Lee get the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and subsequently led to the story in the book being filmed in 1962 leading to an Academy Winning Film.
These three books are the most interesting novels you can ever read. They all are page-turners, and you only need one sitting to wander in the world that the writers were trying to let you in. There are other great novels that I would recommend for you, but these three are the first that you shouldn’t miss looking out for if you haven’t read them yet. Have in mind the ways in which to tell if a novel is great or not, that way, you would get to know what suits you best and what doesn’t suit you at all.