Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5 books that changed your life?

By the spirit of Paulo Coelho's question about what 5 books that changed my life, I kinda need a few seconds to think of it. I looked at the list of 50 books that changed the world (another Paulo's post), and got to realized that in my entire life I've only read two of them (technically one and a half because I haven't read the whole bible). So this is my list of books that changed my life in order from the latest:
  1. Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho

    This is actually the second book of Paulo that I read. It's a book about craziness. I mean it really opened my mind, where in this world where "normal" is devined by a group of people that have power after other people, it leads for the free-hearted people to be traped and left so empty. Some people even are more afraid of being out there in the "normal people world" and being in an institution house. The story gives the feeling that we are not alone in this world (for the free-hearted people) and normal is just an idea.
  2. The Shack by by William P. Young

    The Shack actually was the book that came in the right time and place. I was at the point in my life where I felt like I don't have a life and I don't know what I will do with my life and soon on when one night, after work, me and my friend went to the bookstore where we rarely do because in the town where I work, only have to very small bookstore and it's better to go to a bookstore in the city, when I found this book. On the back cover, as I remembered says it's the book for people who needs direction in life, so I bought it for no reason. Out of the boredom, I read the book and I even cried in the end. It took only one night to read the whole thing. And that's when I started to discover things that I wanted to do in life, including starting my 30Before30 list.
  3. The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

    This my my favorite book turned into a movie. I loved it so much and it is one of those books that can made me so emotional. The book is more as encouragement for young ladys to be strong going through this life. It really suits me through he hardship I went through in my twenties.
  4. The great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

    My favorite book growing up! I think I read it mor than 20 times!!!!! I didn't even owned the book. I read it in the library all through my high school days. Yep, I rarely made friends that time. I enjoyed my days in the library, reading books I loved. This book is a alone life type book, but I just love the darkness of the story.
  5. The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    I first read it in elementary and instantly felt in love with the story. I think I kinda felt related a bit because I'm the only child and some thing like that. I love the adventure in the book and how in the end the little girl made it a happy garden. I grow up dreaming of it. The big house, a big bed that have a window of the garden, and of course, having to nurture a secret garden of my own. And that's the basic thing that still lives in my fantasy.

Anyway, sometimes you just read for fun, but sometimes, the books can teach you life lesson in the meaning that it gives you a guide to think more about your life. Well, those are the 5 books that changed my life. What's yours? And why?

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