As a bookworm, I’m always on the hunt for the next best and new novel, but not just any old one.
I look for books that can either inspire or teach me something new, whether it be factual or moral because it really gives me a new perspective on certain things.
And no, I don’t mean Fifty Shades of Grey or any other romance novel that encourages unhealthy relationships – that’s a post for another day.
For all you book lovers out there who want to be inspired, encouraged and educated more in depth through fiction, this post is for you!
#1. House Rules – Jodi Picoult
This novel follows the story of Jacob Hunt, a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome and a passion for criminal investigations.
But a murder occurs and he becomes a suspect and this story goes through the feelings and thoughts that Jacob and his family has throughout the investigation.
I love crime novels so this one captured my attention from the get-go, but as I was reading this book, I learned a lot about Asperger’s Syndrome.
Not only that, but I was able to see through the lens of the people around him, how they had to talk to him and how their daily lifestyle was.
#2. Law of Attraction – Allison Leotta
If you’re a fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, you’ll absolutely love this novel!
It’s written by a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor who uses her expertise to create well-developed characters and a storyline that is full of twists and turns.
I learned a lot about how sex crimes and domestic violence cases are prosecuted, how abusers act and what the victims go through during and after the investigation.
If you’re interested in getting a realistic glimpse of the justice system, the life of a prosecutor, or both, this novel is the perfect read for you!
#3. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
Have you ever wondered what the parent of a shooter goes through or how their lifestyle is after a shooting? This novel takes you through a trial and learn about the psychology of a shooter.
It will open your eyes to the perspective of all parties that are involved in a shooting, before, during and after. It will help you to really put yourselves in their shoes and help you understand.
You’ll be able to read from the perspectives of the judge, the victims, the shooter, the shooter’s parents and find out the plot twists on what really happened in the school shooting.
#4. The Martian – Andy Weir
If you’re a sci-fi fan, this novel will be entertaining, intriguing and educational in getting a glimpse of what it’s like to live, well actually, get stuck on Mars for days at a time.
I’m currently reading this book but I have learned a lot about space and technical concepts on rockets and space shuttles. It’s a little confusing but a great storyline overall.
You’ll not only get a glimpse of Mars and of life on that planet, but you’ll also learn a lot of engineering terms and concepts.
If you don’t understand it after one read, no worries! Some books need to be read more than once and this is one of them. I know I’ll be giving it another read for sure.
What are some other fiction books that are educational? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
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