Happy Saturday (#Caturday), lovely souls
This is going to be a first of its kind post here on Chaotic Goddess.
I don't know how many of you out there in Internet Land take the time to read but I've been a voracious reader since I was young. I read the way I usually watch Netflix--in multi-hour power binges. And every now and again I come across a Book that completely changes my perspective on life, love, or the meaning of both.
Those are the books I'm going to talk about today.
A difficult ice-breaker question for me has always been "what is your favorite book?" or "who is your favorite author?" In fact, I've come to hate those questions because I can never seem to generate a solid answer. The truth is I don't have a favorite book or a favorite author. Different ideas speak to me at different points in my life. A book that I loved in the 3rd grade may be one that I've come to hate now. Or an author that I enjoyed last year may not resonate with me this year.
My tastes change as I learn and grow, just like everyone else. And right now, at this point in my life, after having lived through the experiences I have thus far, I find myself drawn to "big-idea books." The stories that completely change your outlook on life and stick with you long after that final page has been turned.
I've spent a lot of time reading this year--soul-searching and trying to make sense of the chaos that has become the constant in my life. And I’ve found some remarkable wisdom that I know will shape the person I’m yet to become.
So, here are three life-changing books that I’ve read this year that will completely change your perspective on life.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
I am completely comfortable stating that this has been the most influential book I’ve read in my life so far. And I’ve averaged anywhere from 5-35 books a year since I was twelve (I’m at 14 so far for 2017). The Snow Leopard is a true account of a naturalist expedition deep into the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet to study the elusive snow leopard. The author and narrator, Peter Matthiessen, uses the expedition to reflect on what he views to be the true nature and purpose of being.
Written in short diary-entry format with poetic and meditative prose, this is a story that will not only encourage you to seek out the unfamiliar and embrace the chaotic nature of life but will also help to broaden your mind and distinguish the trivial from the integral.
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
It’s a bestseller for a reason. A magical and at times allegorical tale about following our passions and dreams. The protagonist is a humble sheepherder named Santiago who dreams of seeking out a great earthly treasure. A quest that leads him far from home and ultimately to a far more satisfying treasure than he expected.
In the sweet style of a children’s fable or fairytale, with wizards and riddles, this story will pull you in as you travel with Santiago.
Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If you’ve ever experienced a bad or trying relationship, this is a great book to read. Very short, clocking in at only 144 pages, but extremely poignant and powerful in its wisdom and reflection. This book features the meditative essays of Anne Morrow Lindbergh while she was vacationing alone at the beach. It speaks to the evolving nature of relationships and the struggle all women inherently face trying to “do it all” in their lives.
Lindbergh muses over washed up shells and trinkets on the beach, using them as metaphors in her writing. Equating different shells to different phases in the lifecycle of a relationship. This is the book that completely changed the way I think about love and relationships. Some of her rhetoric is a bit antiquated since this book was first published in 1955 (i.e. the role of women), but there’s still plenty of relevant wisdom throughout.
All right. That’s it for this post. Hope you guys enjoy—now go and broaden your minds.
P.S. Sorry for skipping last week's blog post. I'll write two this weekend.
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