Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world. They are vessels that transport us to magical realms of fantasy and beauty. Books can help transform our way of thinking, our way of living, they can inspire and they can offer shelter. Books are physical forms of portable magic.
Neither I nor Mirka are super keen, fast readers and so we tend to linger through a 200 page book for a few of weeks or maybe even months. However, there have been books that just draw us in and once we start, we can't let go until the end. Some purely for the joy and laughter they offer, some for the information they present and some because they just open our horizons and give glimpses of a simpler life.
Books trigger the imagination, they bring to life dragons, kings and queens, flying brooms and carpets. They make us laugh, cry, they can inspire, they promote creativity and definitely help improve vocabulary as well as being great self development and mental stimulation tools. Here I'd wanted to list some of those books that hold a special place in our hearts and in many ways push and encourage us to be who we are!
I'd like to start with the one book that no matter how many times I've read, every time I go through it there's always a new part that resonates with me so much, as if I had somehow skipped it every time before. Its playful and natural approach on life somehow manages to always surprise me and remind me of the importance the simple (little) things hold in life!
1. The Little Prince (Originally Le Petit Prince)
By Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
2. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle
This book is much more than just a guide as the name might suggest. The eye and mind-opening abilities of this book go well beyond what words can express. It's by far Mirka's top suggestion and a book that can seriously change your life.
3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
By Jonas Jonasson
If you're looking for the ultimate laugh out loud book then look no further. Jonas Jonasson manages to inspire pure, endless joy and laughter through an -impossible not to love- character, a few dark undertones and some delightful dictator-satire.