Lovely Things: Books that affected me. #عصفورة_النافذة

Greetings and salutations everyone! A dear friend of mine pointed me to an awesome initiative that you can read about over here. 

You should also check out her blog, because it’s a pretty jolly blog to visit! + She wrote a recent blog post about this. Here’s the blog.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it.

It’s usually a hard task to pick specific things that had a big impact on you as an individual, and when it comes to books, it doesn’t make things any easier, because there are many good books that I have read. So I thought about this for some times, and came to the conclusion that if I wanted to write about books that have affected me, it would probably be about books that I managed to finish in one or two sittings. Books that captivated me so much to the point where I could not put them down, unless I really had to.

Now this does not mean that these are the only books that has ever affected me personally, because there are many other books out there that had a huge impact. These are just the first things that popped up in my mind when I started writing this blog post.

Here it goes:


First Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.


A good and meaningful story can be a very simple one, and that is the case with The Alchemist. It’s the type of narratives that doesn’t try to be convoluted or cryptic in order hit you with it’s moments of epiphany, instead, it simplifies everything to make them relatable to you on a very grounded level. It’s the simple journey of a Shepard to Egypt, and the events that transpire on the way. What The Alchemist excels at is it’s focus on the small little things that usually carry a huge meaning, rather than the actual events of the story, and it’s where the story truly shines. It tackles many different subjects of life, such as Destiny, love, religion, and spirituality. Paulo Coelho managed to make me close this book with a whole new spirit and perspective on how I should follow my dreams and perceive certain situations, and it does that with such sincere simplicity. I think The Alchemist definitely deserves a spot in this list, and everyone should give it a read.


Second Book: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.


I love stories, especially fictional stories. I can’t help it, I’m always attracted to fictional stories, they just always manage to keep me more engaged. The case with The Time Keeper is that it was recommended to me, and I figured I should give it a go. Guess what? Finished it in one sitting, that’s how much The Time Keeper was captivating, especially with it’s narratives that’s told through three different perspectives. The story is simply a new take on the Father Time myth, and it’s one that’s unique enough to keep you interested. It’s a story about someone named Dor (Father time) and his chance to redeem himself by helping two very different individuals, a teenage girl who doesn’t seem to care about time anymore, and an elderly man who needs time more than anything. In it’s center, The Time Keeper is about appreciating time, and I believe Mitch Albom managed to deliver that properly, at least for me, with such a beautiful narrative. It’s a book that totally affected me.


Third Book: The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.


Feeling bad? Wanna have a smile on your face? It’s simple, open any page of this book (And by any page, I literally mean any page) and I can almost guarantee that you’ll smile. I got this book during my wonderful time in Canada, and I even got the chance to meet Neil Pasricha himself, and get the book from him signed and all. This book serves as a reminder of the many unnoticed beautiful things that happens around us, but we don’t usually put much thought into. It’s a book written with a one singular purpose, to make you feel good, and it did that perfectly. With the flip of every page, I smiled, I smiled, and I smiled. At some points, I even just went straight laughing at how insignificant yet relatable these things were. They happen to us almost daily, and being reminded of these small things was Indeed “Awesome”


And that’s pretty much it for this blog post! Three lovely books that had a lovely affect on me, and made me a better person I believe. Thank you for reading, and I hope it was a nice read.

With this, I end this post. Till next time…


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