3 Books That Taught Me Important Life Lessons

Riley Blue

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Genre: Heist story in a fantasy setting.

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In the mysterious island city of Camorr, a young orphan tries to navigate through life. He fights the odds stacked against him and ends up in the temple of “The Nameless Thirteenth” — the God of thieves.And thus begins Locke’s training to become the “Thorn of Emberlain”, the highest revered, most feared thief the city of Camorr had ever known. The only problem? Locke might have been born at the time one of the deadliest coups in history was happening. Thanks to his flamboyance and his unapologetic sass, Locke and his friends find themselves right in the middle of a bloody battle they had nothing to do with.

“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”

Why I wish I could read it for the first time again

The book follows a highly non-linear narrative, flashing back and forth between Locke’s past and present. When I first read it, I thought the flashbacks were meaningless, existing only to serve the author’s self-indulgence. Only when I completed this book and the later parts in the series, did I realize the enormous potential they had to influence the plot.If I ever get the chance to read this book for the first time again, I’d pay special attention to the events of Locke’s childhood, of everything that shaped him into who he turned out to be. Spotting some of the Easter eggs would have made this an even more interesting book had I been conscious.

2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Genre Urban Fantasy/Magical realism

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Saleem Sinai is a special child. Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India’s independence, he has no idea how the time of his birth would lead to a series of unique coincidences that would change the trajectory of his life forever.What he considered to be his “issues” were actually magical powers bestowed on him by virtue of the time of his birth. And what remains yet unknown to Saleem is that there are other children in different parts of the country — each born at midnight, their lives tied together irretrievably because they came to the planet at the time a new country was born.

“Memory’s truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else’s version more than his own.”

Why I wish I could read it for the first time again

The language is so beautiful, the magic of it was lost on me the first time I read it. Also, the way the story unfolded has a rhythm of its own. Like fine wine gets better with age, this book becomes more magical on each re-read.But there are some points where I discovered a potential plot-changer and I couldn’t put the book down because I had to know if I was right. Only the first read can give the dopamine hit of that insane craze.

3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Fantasy fiction

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Kote runs a small inn on the outskirts of the town. Kvothe was a magically gifted young man who grew up to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. When a traveling Chronicler stops by Kote’s inn and says he looks like the legendary Kingkiller, Kote’s secret world is threatened to be overturned.What follows next is a series of anecdotes Kote narrates to Chronicler, telling the story of how he grew up as a young Edema-Ruh without a family to how he became one of the most feared and respected men in the history of the land.

“There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.”

Why I wish I could read it for the first time again

After reading a string of fantasy novels that failed to deliver on their premise, this book took my breath away. I still remember the feeling of being introduced to all the magical elements of the world Rothfuss has so brilliantly crafted. No re-read can ever bring that feeling of awe back, because the surprise is now replaced by a sense of familiarity.

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