Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Alchemist

"Every blessing ignored becomes a curse." 

"There is one thing that makes a dream impossible to acheive: The fear of failure." 

"Because when we love, we strive to become better than we are." 

- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho 

I committed to reading 24 books in 2013. Because I’m so incredibly talented with mathematics, I knew that this meant that I needed to read 12 books by July 01. That date came and went, and I had only read 6. Whoops! I was way behind.

I realized I needed to start reading smaller books. I have a penchant for hugely large novels, so this was slightly more difficult than imagined. A flight I took from Germany to the USA last April came to mind, when I toted with me the gigantuous hardcover copy of George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons. It essentially took up my entire backpack, and caused a man who stood behind me in the security to remark “You know, they have Kindles for this sort of thing” at the sight of it.

Good times, good times.

In search of quicker reads, I picked up a copy of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist. I read the whole book in two days and it completely blew my mind. It seemed as though every page contained some pearl of wisdom that I desperately needed to hear.

The book is about traveling. It’s about magic. It’s about the journey, about pursuing your dreams and finding love in unexpected places. I don’t want to give anything away as I know every single one of you is going to go read it now, so that is all I’ll say about that.

Have you read The Alchemist? What are your thoughts?  


Allison Lizer said...

I'm so glad you liked it! My best friend and I just started a book club and this and Kite Runner were my first two choices but I wasn't sure how good they would be. I may pick this one first then.


Smallgood said...

I enjoyed The Alchemist. It was a sweet parable. Other short (but EXCELLENT) reads I recommend: A Lesson Before Dying by E. Gaines, Glaciers by A. Smith, I Am One of You Forever by F. Chappell, and Of Mice & Men by J. Steinbeck.


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