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5 Must Read Books About Life After Death

5 Must Read Books About Life After Death

Do you believe in “Life after Death”? What do you think happens to us, when we die? Does “Heaven” and “Hell” really exist? or Do we just die and nothing happens after that?

Well, the thing is that nobody knows what happens next after we die! Also, we are not here to altercate about whether life after death exists or not. I am just telling you about “5 Must-Read Books About Life After Death” that you definitely should read if you believe in an afterlife and even if you don’t believe in the afterlife, you should give ’em a try as these for sure will provide you a new perspective. Also, nobody’s asking you to agree with this after-life scenario, these all are just works of fiction.

So, here are the 5 must read books about life after death or afterlife:



by Gabrielle Zevin

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin | 5 Must Read Books About Life After Death

Opening Lines: Elizabeth Hall wakes in a strange bed in a strange room with the strange feeling that her sheets are trying to smother her.

Page count: 304 pages

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication Date: May 15th, 2007

Quote: “But I believe good things happen every day. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that’s life, isn’t it?” 

Everywhere is about a 15-year-old girl named Elizabeth Hall who is killed in a hit & run accident and now, has been transferred to a place called Elsewhere. She finds out that life after death is much similar to the life before death. Like, you can still have a job, you can still get a driver’s license and you can still get married. There’s just one special thing! YOU AGE BACKWARDS UNTIL YOU ARE A BABY AGAIN.

I am in so loving with this book, it’s so heartwarming though a little sad. According to me, everyone should read this book for at least once in their life. It’s easy and definitely worth a read.

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The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold | 5 Must Read Books About Life After Death

Opening Lines: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

Page count: 336 pages

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: September 1st, 2006

Quote: “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” 

A 14-year-old girl named Susie Salmon was brutally raped and murdered by her neighbor and now she is in heaven, watching her family deal with her death.

I won’t reveal more of the storyline, just wanna tell you one thing. It is creepy as hell (even if you read it in daylight) and you might never leave your house again.

Read this book to see heaven from a completely different frame of reference, from a completely different perspective which you can simply define as brilliant. Read this book to know how life after death would really be like. Read this book if you’re looking for a book that is a bit “different”.

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Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | 5 Must Read Books About Life After Death

Opening Lines: On our wedding day I was forty-six, she was eighteen. Now, I know what you are thinking: older man (not thin, somewhat bald, lame in one leg, teeth of wood) exercises the martial prerogative, thereby mortifying the poor young-
But that is false.

Page count: 368 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: February 14th, 2017

Quote: “Strange, isn’t it? To have dedicated one’s life to a certain venture, neglecting other aspects of one’s life, only to have that venture, in the end, amount to nothing at all, the products of one’s labors ultimately forgotten?” 

The entire story is based on the night that Lincoln’s son Willie is laid to rest and that’s all I can say about this book. I mean, I can’t review the most unique and innovative book I’ve ever read. I can only say that it’s a “never read anything like this before” type of book which takes quite a few pages to really get a feel for the format but once you do, it’s so…so…just phenomenal.

Also, it is the winner the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017, so no more questions. Just buy a copy and read it.

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Opening Lines: When the blind man arrived in the city, he claimed that he had traveled across a desert of living sand.

Page count: 272 pages (Hardcover)

Publisher: John Murray

Publication Date: January 9th, 2007

Quote: “The living carry us inside them like pearls. We survive only so long as they remember us.” 

Have you watched the movie, Coco? This movie is based on this book’s concept.

The concept is “When people die, they go to The City, a place where you stay as long as you are remembered by someone on Earth.”

It’s about a girl, Laura Byrd who is in now, ‘The City’ which is as normal as any other city; it has shops, restaurants, cinemas etcetera. You live there for as long as someone on earth remembers you and as soon as that person dies, you disappear. To know about where do they disappear, read the book.

It is an interesting book that is hard to put down.

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To Your Scattered Bodies Go
by Philip Jose Farmer 

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer 

Opening Lines: His wife had held him in her arms as if she could keep death away from him.

Page count: 220 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Del Rey

Publication Date: June 30th, 1998

Quote: “Know a man’s faith, and you knew at least half the man. Know his wife, and you knew the other half.” 

It’s a sci-fi series that even I haven’t read yet. It has been recommended by so many people to me that I thought, it would really be a good idea to include it in this list.

The synopsis that is told to me goes like this, “Every human who has ever lived is reincarnated along with the banks of an endless river and find that each time they are killed, they are reincarnated elsewhere along the banks of the River. Richard Francis Burton (adventurer and translator of the Arabian Nights) is determined to find the source of the River and whose mysterious beings who have brought them here.”

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Do tell us in the comments if we have missed a book or have included one that according to you shouldn’t be here. Also, do tell us about what should we write our next recommendation list on. 🙂

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