Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I can't remember any book that made me laugh...most of the books I read are rather sci-fi or those that touches the heart...

The book closest to this week's topic on Girl's Talk --- books that made me laugh --- which I have read because of some influences by M is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The story is about an Andalucian shepherd boy named Santiago who, because of a recurring dream, which eventually made him believe that it was some kind of prophecy, ventured to Egypt's pyramids in search of treasures. In his search, he met a gypsy woman, a king and the alchemist, all of whom played important roles in his quest. He came across various experiences such us love and danger, opportunities and disasters only to find out that the treasure he is in search of elsewhere is beyond material possessions. The real treasure is the one he has found in his heart.

The core belief being shared by the book is that 'when you believe in something, all that happens in your surroundings leads to achieving it.'

As Yedi'ot Aharonat quoted "This is the type of book the makes you understand more about yourself and about life. It has philosophy, and is spiced with colors, flavors and subjects..."

--- the realization which I ended with a huge smile on my face :)

happy reading...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Books by Mitch Albom

I've read two books by Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Both books definitely gave me a cry and it was Tuesdays with Morrie which really gave my tear ducts one heck of a spill.

Both books serves as a reminder of people and experiences that greatly affected our lives - be it past or present. It's a constant reminder for us to value relationships and to see the good things behind all experiences in life.

Because of its impact on me, I've shared these books to friends, especially those who in my knowledge is going through a situation. Instead of giving some pieces of advise that may not be enough or may be wrongly said, I'd rather lend our copies of these books. But, I, too make sure that these books get returned...for more personal reasons...
These books were gift to us when we were still a dating couple, by one of my husband's best friends in college, Anthony Durmiendo. Thanks Ants!

another late entry for Girt's Talk lol!