When Is the Last Time You Read A Good Book?
Let’s be real, depending on the type of books that you prefer, reading can feel repetitive and tiresome. As readers, from time to time we try to expand our knowledge and read different kinds of books that we would never consider in the first place. The reason for this is the natural curiosity that you obtain over time becomes directed towards other authors and their thoughts. Although the decision itself can be hard to make at times, it can be even more difficult for readers to pick which book they would like to start of with. With my love for reading, I want to suggest three books that have kept me occupied and entertained during this time of self-isolation.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This amazing fictional story was brought to my eye in every place that you can imagine. I would see it online, I would see it in stores, I would see it in other students’ backpacks. It was time to see what the hype was about, and I must admit it was well worth it. The story is about a shepherd who goes on a journey through many places to find what he thinks to be a treasure of monetary value. Instead, his treasure is found through different parts of his quest that are learned by going through different trials and tribulations. If you’re looking for a book that takes you on an adventure while obtaining helpful life lessons, then this may be a good read for you.
The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly
As humans we tend to beat ourselves up about not being motivated enough to finish certain assignments along with other stresses that may cause us to question our existence on Earth. With this self-improvement-based book readers discover the meaning of peace and rhythm when it comes to their everyday lives. It can be hard, especially during times like these with the outbreak of Covid-19 for people to continue with their dreams and passions. Matthew Kelly also talks about the need for trying to be like others; this is critical especially for the younger generation when seeing entrepreneurs on social media living their so called “best” life. A quote to help with this ideology from the book says, “We cannot be happy trying to be someone else, however good or great that person may be.”
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca also known as Seneca the Younger was an ancient Roman stoic philosopher whose written works have survived into modern times of today. In this literature he writes to his comrade Lucilius who is going through a tough time in life and was being threatened for exile under the government at the time. Seneca informs his friend about how to stay calm during the situation and convinced him to stay tranquil through an unconventional method that may surprise readers. Instead of telling him that everything will be okay he informs the troubled man about how life would be if everything was to truly turn bad. A motivating quote that the statesman Seneca says may change the way how readers look at their current life, he says “You are scared of dying — and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?” Instead of relying on hope, prepare yourself for the worse and you may find more comfort than you anticipated.
The Choice is Yours
Whether you decide to read these novels or not, they’re not going anywhere. You can choose to fill your time with knowledgeable authors that express their experiences in life-changing ways, or you can let time go and become isolated with the feeling of regret. So, I will leave my fellow readers with this quote by Ernest Hemingway, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”