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10 Books Based On Incredible True Stories That Will Move You

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You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel like you have lost a friend. Reading books is not just a hobby, but an experience. You read, imagine and are so involved in the story. Now how would it feel like when you realize that the murder mystery you just finished reading is based on a true story? Or the love story where the protagonist just died, is not just a figment of the author’s imagination but a reality? Your entire experience of reading would enhance multiple times and you would be involved like never before. It’s even more thrilling, heart-breaking, heart-melting, inspiring, exciting, and a nail-biting experience to read a book based on a true story.

So, here are a few genre-assorted books based on true stories for you to dive right in.

Psycho, by Robert Bloch

Reading Psycho must’ve been a thrilling experience for all who read it imagining it to be based on a fictional premise. But it is going to be a nightmare for the ones who will read it now, knowing that the character of Norman Bates is inspired by the real-life murderer Ed Gein. This book centers around a murderer, his strange relationship with his mother and the motel that he runs on the side of a deserted highway.

The Lost Girls, by John Glatt

This book narrates the true story of three girls – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro. The story of their amazing escape made headlines all over the world.

 

Room, by Emma Donoghue

AHeart-wrenching story of a mother and her son who are held captive for 24 years in a room. The story describes their journey about how they defeat their fate and finally gain freedom after which the young boy experiences the outside world for the first time.

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Grimke sisters of the novel have inspired a thousand souls who’ve read this book. But very few know that these characters are based on real people who worked for the abolition of slavery. A book to read on woman empowerment and how women can actually make an impact in the society.

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan

This book beautifully describes the real-life love story of Mamah Borthwick and Frank Wright whose love affair can be termed illicit. They broke all stereotypes of the early 20th century by abandoning their spouses and children to be together.

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

Based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States, it’s considered a defining work of the post-war Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drugs.

 

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Everyone I know who read this book or watched the movie must have sobbed like a kid through it. This story makes you believe in love and fate, but what makes it even more heart-breaking is to know that the character of Hazel Grace is inspired by a real-life character named Esther Earl who died of thyroid cancer at the age of 16. True stories like these don’t only inspire great authors but also change the lives of the readers for good.

 

Wintering, by Kate Moses

The book that tries to clear the mystery around the life of Sylvia Plath. Wintering is a portrait of the bravery and exhilaration that Sylvia found among the isolation and terror of her depression. The last few days of her life before her suicide are brought to light.

Wintering, by Kate Moses

The book that tries to clear the mystery around the life of Sylvia Plath. Wintering is a portrait of the bravery and exhilaration that Sylvia found among the isolation and terror of her depression. The last few days of her life before her suicide are brought to light.

The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks

The story seems like a fictional fairy-tale love story that hardly could be believed to exist in reality. But the truth is that this book came from the tale of the author’s wife’s grandparents, who met as teenagers during a summer romance. Although her parents took their daughter away from the boy at summer’s end, he continued to write her letters every day. Time went on, she got engaged to another man, but eventually, she realized that her first love was the one she wanted to be with all along. Yes, such love stories do exist!

Hope you have a great time reading these. Any other books inspired by true stories that you’d like to recommend? We’re all ears.

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