Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Alchemist

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, has been on my "to read list" for, well, a very long time.  So long, in fact, that I forgot I wanted to read it.  Ha.  But now I have, and I'm glad I did!

Browsing through people's reviews on Goodreads, it is apparently a book that you'll either love or hate.  It is full of deep truths and profound thoughts on life and our purpose in living.  Either the author's beliefs will resonate with you and your personal journey through life, or it will piss you off (seriously, some people were quite angry with their reviews).

The author mixes many religions in his views of God and draws man's purpose, his Personal Legend, from them.  Although I don't personally believe that "all roads lead to Rome" (to use that popular phrase), I do believe that all truth is God's truth, and this book was full of little nuggets of truth.

The story is of a Spanish shepherd boy, named Santiago, who dreamt of finding treasure at the Egyptian pyramids.  Shortly after a gypsy woman interprets his dream and tells him to go seek his treasure, he meets a man (who calls himself a king) that prophetically encourages him to discover his Personal Legend by making the journey to Egypt.  The boy then sells his flock of sheep and sets out to find his treasure.  On his way he overcomes obstacles, fights discouragement, almost gives up… and meets an Alchemist.

I do recommend this book, as I quite enjoyed it.  It's less than 200 pages and an easy read, although it shouldn't be read too fast since the book is more philosophical that fanciful.  Just be sure to read it with a highlighter --there are lots of great quotes like the one I posted above (that one is a favorite of mine) that you might want to refer to again as you make your own journey through life to discover your Personal Legend.  :)

Fun list challenge --how many have you read?

A friend recently posted a link on my Facebook page to a list of 100 books:

The BBC Believes You Only Read 6 of These Books…how many have you read?

What?!  Only 6?  I'll bet ya' five dollars I've read more than that…!!

Yes, that was my internal dialogue and yes, I can't help myself when it comes to book lists --especially ones that consist of books that everyone should read!

This list was super fun since you get to scroll through and click on the books (with gorgeous covers…I want them all) and it keeps a tally for you in the upper left corner.  Watching the tally increase brought on an excitement comparable to tax day, when I watch my refund amount grow… Come on, more money!  More money!  I knew I had all these kids for a reason!  Woo-hoo!!

To my dismay, the tally stopped at 25.  After a brief moment of grief (I've only read a quarter of the books on this list?  *sniff sniff*  What kind of book nerd am I?  *sob*) I resolved to do better next time and start reading.

There are quite a few books that I haven't read yet that are sitting on my shelf, staring me down and waiting for me to read them.  So, with a renewed determination, I will tackle them one by one until I have read them all!  (Well, all of them except for one… I just can't read Moby Dick.  I've tried and I've failed many times over... It's just not going to happen.)

So, my goal is 99 books!  I only have 74 to go!  :)

How many have you read?