I love reading! When I meet friends who like to read as well, I love it. I have been a voracious reader from age five when I used to walk to the library alone and carry home as many books as possible. I used to bring a huge stack home with me. I read through the children's picture book section alphabetically- true story!
I know this is an unfair pondering question as picking one book as a favorite is an impossible task; however, for my one-book recommendation, I am going to say Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. I learned much from this book; I researched Buddhism, symbolism, and Carl Jung. The book is a spiritual journey by the main character Siddhartha and covers many themes: family, friendship, love, and finding yourself in life. I get something new from this book every time I read it; a new message finds me as I think about my life, Hesse's writing, and Siddhartha's growth.
I first read this as an assignment when I went back to college when my youngest was about one year old. I was worried that I wouldn't fit in or have anything intelligent to say after years of being home with my children – let's face it, watching too much children's television can kill brain cells. When the unit was over, the professor asked me to present my research, and I was teaching the class about Buddhism, the four noble truths, and the eight-fold path, and was on my journey of growth and enlightenment.
Another insightful book is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. It's simple and powerful, with striking lessons on love and communication.What is your favorite book? And why? Click To Tweet
“I have always thirsted for knowledge, I have always been full of questions.” Hermann Hesse
My favorite book is usually the one I happen to be reading. At the moment, I’m rereading the History of Love by Nicole Krauss. It’s a lyrical story about love and loss—beautifully written. For me, this book is a reminder of why I love to write: to touch hearts, to shine the light on the parts of our humanity that we hide from one another, and to give a picture of the struggles each one of us face.
“Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.” Hermann Hesse
Thoughts from Shannon Fitzpatrick:
My favorite book is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. I remember hearing all about it in sixth grade, but my mom told me I wasn't old enough to read it. I had to wait three long years until I was given the nod of approval. It was right after Christmas, and my brother took me to Borders, and I bought my own copy even though my mom had one.
I believe that books have memories from when you read them, and I wanted this one to be filled with memories. I sat down and read it all in one day. It was the first book to make me cry. All these things make the book special: waiting, having it be just mine, and making me cry, which is not easy.
“Dreams and restless thoughts came flowing to him from the river, from the twinkling stars at night, from the sun's melting rays. Dreams and a restlessness of the soul came to him.”
Thoughts from Rheda Wilson-Duff:
“So many on my list, but my favorite book of all time is Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyer. In my not-too-distant past, I had a severe need for everyone to like me. I would do anything for approval. This book gave me insight, hope, and solutions.”
What is your favorite book and why? Share with me – love to hear what you think!
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