Having a job for a year and and two months has its own perks. I can buy all the book I want as long as it’s under 1 grand. LOL. Not to mention all the books that has been given to me as a gift by my great love. *blushes*
If you’re a constant follower of my blog, you already know that I’m a wide reader: My preference in books varies, depending on my mood. But even if our home is buried by stacks and stacks of book, I only have a few that actually changed how I viewed the world in general. These books have modeled my thoughts and my virtues, they became my teachers when school is far too demanding for me.
Of course, my readers, I want to share to you my sentiments and my list of the books that changed my life – for the better.
- The Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger – This is my favorite classic book. Back in my high school days, I was in a deep crisis about what I really wanted to do with my life. I am only 15 years old back then and all I think about is what Bachelor’s degree do I want and what will happen to me 10 years from that point onward. I remember reading this book in my sophomore year and it became my catharsis. There’s something amusing and relieving about Holden Caulfield who’s stuck between moving on to be an adult and staying behind to be young forever. That’s exactly how I feel: Afraid, in-denial, rebellious. But the future is something that you can’t escape, so I did what Holden did. I accept it.
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – It doesn’t matter if this memoir is proven fiction. I seriously like this book. Frank McCourt is raised in poverty in Ireland. But he had a dream to go back to the United States and try his luck out there. I remember all my dreams that’s been put to waste because I didn’t try hard, despite my number of perks for being raised in a perfectly nourished small family. I even posted a quote here in Flowers for Kimberly, and that’s been with me all along, even after I finished this book.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book is so heartbreaking! Dating back in the second World War, Liesel was a victim of poverty (I have a knack with poverty-stricken books). Her foster father taught her how to read books and since then, she’s been getting books from the Mayor’s Wife’s library and she reads and re-reads it. Such was the passion of this girl with words that by reading her books aloud, she’s able to calm everyone during air raids. This book taught me about passion and contentment, about valuing friendship and learning to love what you have at the moment.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has its own sentimental value for me. It belongs to the first set of books that my boyfriend gave me as a Christmas Gift. This book has taught me to look for omens. That life isn’t as complicated as it seems to be, all you have to do is look at the obvious, and you will understand everything that the Universe had prepared for you. This always reminds me that if you want something, everything will conspire to give it to you. Just wait and don’t lose hope, everything will fall in their proper places.
- For One More Day by Mitch Albom – For One More Day made me appreciate the unconditional love of my Mom. As an only child, my Mom and I have the most complicated love-hate relationship. She’s my best girlfriend and my worst frenemy. After reading this book till the end, I gave the greatest Woman in my life some loving and assured her that we’ll make it out alright. *sobs*