Reading books opens me up to new ideas, it brings me to new places and even new worlds. I often find myself able to connect to a character on a level more than just as an entertainment. Books and stories have affected the way I think my interests, and so much more.
Here are some books that have changed the way I thought:
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My words will not do this book justice. The messages brought to me by a young sheppard boy are some of the most deep ideas one can think about. The sheppard boy meets an old man and is convinced to sell his flock of sheep and go on a journey to find his personal legend. Along the way he meets kind people, sees the pyramids, meets the love of his life, and fulfills his personal legend.
This book has so much to say about everything. It does the book a disservice to merely say it is about dreams because in reality it is about life. Doing what you want to do in life, having your best friend and lover as part of your support, so many things can be taken away from this book. Follow your personal legend, and the world will conspire to get you where you need to be.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This book too, touches on so many things. A downed pilot is stuck in the desert where he meets a young boy who claims to be from another planet. The boy talks about his journey to this place, his red rose, the king, the man who turns the lamp on and off, all of them on a different. planet. So much can be taken from his commentary about the other planets he visits.
Children are our best thinkers. They are dreamer’s and in their head nothing can stand in their way. I hope we all can start to begin thinking like children.
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You–you alone–will have the stars as no one else has them–“