I have always loved reading for as far as I can remember. Nothing compares to a good book to me and I always find myself liking the books better than the movies. I read fiction just like I read non-fiction. My favorites are romance, Christian/spiritual, and mystery books . As a child, I LOVED the “Comtesse de Ségur” books. If you grew up in a French/Creole- speaking country you might know it. It’s the author of “Les Malheurs de Sophie”. I still have the books today! I think they are AMAZING children books with lots of lessons in them. You can find them on Amazon, but they are written in French. Anyway, if you are a reader like I am, here are 8 fiction books I have read and re-read that made a difference in my life or that I just over-loved.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Where to start with this one! I have read it more than five times and I am not exaggerating! This book is pure gold. It talks about purpose, the accomplishment of dreams, faith, love, letting go, and so on. When I finished reading this book, I found myself questioning so many things in my life. How I love, who I love and if I loved in a way that let the other person feel free etc. I also thought about God and faith and the answers to prayers and believing in the accomplishments of dreams. I can say that this book really influenced the way I view these things. Writing this make me want to go find it and read it one more time. I probably made a lot of my friends read it ( lol I am not sorry. They loved it!). The book is about a young man traveling the world looking for its Personal Legend and meeting people along the way. Wondering what Personal Legend is? Get yourself this book and read it. I don’t want to ruin it for you.
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
Seeing a trend here? yes, I know! I LOVE Paulo Coelho! I had just as much fun reading this one! I read it a couple of times and I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of it. It is a book full of magic, the universe, and the unity that exists between the two. It’s also about being true to oneself and finding the courage to go through with one’s path. Athena was fascinating to me! It is a book of fiction and although I can’t say that I share the views of the main characters on some things, I still found it to be a beautiful story. I mean that’s the whole point of fiction right? This book took me into a whole magical place of spiritual beings and love. I still think that everyone should read this one whether or not they are into stories about magic and things related. I am pretty sure you’ll learn something.
The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
This one fell into my lap just when I needed it I like to say. I don’t usually go for “self-help” books as they call them, but this one really taught me a thing or two about gratitude. Now I am debating if this book should have been at the top of the list… Anyway, I read it once, just once and it was more than enough. I still practiced some of the things I read daily and it is truly a beautiful experience. This book talks about the importance and joy that comes with simply being grateful daily. I also really liked the fact that the author gave real life steps and experiences to help the reader with the process. I took it seriously when I read it and it changed my whole perspective on things. Maybe if you do too, you’ll have a similar experience or even a better one! Who knows!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboski
I LOVE this book! It literally spoke to my soul as I could totally recognize parts of myself in some of the characters. I also love psychology books and I think this one has a psychological component to it. I borrowed it from the library and loved it so much that I had to buy it and have it for myself. I loved both the movie AND the book and that rarely happens! Maybe I loved the movie because Emma Watson is in it and I LOVE her ( Okay Fangirl moment here), but yeah. It’s about three teenagers who meet in high school. The story talks about family struggles, psychological struggles and of course, love/relationship struggles. This book is a masterpiece to me! I won’t ruin it for you, but if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book yet do so! ( this totally wasn’t an order I promise).
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Okay, I know… You probably saw the movie or heard of it, but I must say the movie is nothing compared to the book! ( At least in my opinion). This book made me cry, smile and laugh. It’s about two cancer survivors who meet during support group and fall in love. I loved how sweet and real it was. I also watched the movie, but I didn’t like it ( yes I said it). The movie was okay , but not as raw and deep as the book was to me (sorry if you’re a fan). If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book yet, read the book first so you don’t ruin the story. Plus, everyone knows that once we’ve seen the movie first we lose interest in wanting to read the book.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell
Since we’ve been talking about love and romance, I thought I’d add this one in here too. I love this book. At first, I thought it was just going to be another high school mushy love story, but it wasn’t. Although it was about high school sweethearts, this was one of the most realistic love stories I’ve read. I think Eleanor and Park can teach us a thing or two about young love, romance, and being in high school.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When I first read this book, I was really young and did not love it as much as I do today. Maybe it’s because the meaning I find in it now, I did not find then. It made me cry more than once. This book paints the aspects of the futility of the adult existence along with solitude, friendship, imagination, purpose, and sadness. It’s about an aviator who meets a little boy in the desert who travels from one planet to another. If you’ve read it when you were younger, I suggest you read it again. You might discover some new things in there just like I did! Or maybe you can read it to reminisce about that 7-year-old boy/girl that you once were!
Every Day by David Levithan
At first this book was kind of weird to me, but in a good way. It’s about a soul who travels from one body to another ( it can’t help it) until he meets a girl and falls in love. Actually, I can’t accurately say that it’s a boy or a girl because technically “it” has been both. ( I told you it was weird! but good nonetheless). It was a sweet story and while reading it I couldn’t wait to finish it. Check it out if you’re into unusual love stories!
Currently reading: Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White and The Bible
I hope you liked this list and if you do end up reading one of these let me know how you liked it! I probably will update this list as I remember more titles. Also, if you have any book suggestions, feel free to comment the titles and I’ll check them out! Click on the titles for where to find them ( I usually get them from Amazon). The library is also a good option!
Disclaimer: I just posted the links to these books just in case you were wondering where to find them or where I got them from. I am not associated with any of the authors or sellers or anything. xoxo