There are a few books that impacted my life, which I encourage you to read. I’m not a typical writer or book blogger. I write poetry because I like it when meaning is concise. When I was a kid, I hated reading because everyone forced me into it. I still don’t like most mainstream books, not for the desire to “be differrent” but from my internet-induced lack of patience. For me to read something, it has to bring something into my life, it’s also the reason why I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction latley.
I want to share with you the fiction books that made me. Mostly classics, because they’re classics for a reason. They convey a deeper message that you can relate to.
1) A Manual of The Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho
Now I know that this author has been loved and hated by many. Some say he’s predictible, others that he spews gibberish and people assign meaning to it. I find that a lot of his work is over-rated apart from this small collection. The book is full of snippets he used to write for a newspaper in Brazil between 1993-96. These snippets are simple paragraphs describing the actions of a “Warrior of Light” who we can assume is each one of us, trying to lead a good life. As with a lot of his writing, Paulo Coleho encourages time for reflection through a personal spirituality and a very Catholic approach to love and suffering. I often look into this book when I feel like I need motivation in life to be a good person. To remind myself that there are good people in this world who wake up everyday to not only survive but fight their personal demons too.
2) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burges
I have never read a book as fast as this one. I was done in two days, having been glued to it’s pages on the bus, in maths lessons (hmm, wonder why my maths didn’t go anywhere) and in study periods. Don’t let the language put you off, it’s very clever and has some easter eggs. Speaking a Savic language, I realise it may be difficult to understand what “noz” is or the ambiguity of “horroshow” but bear with it. The voilence and rape is there for a reason, to spark questions on free will, religion, friendship and socialism. There is plenty to be considered when reading this book, it’s worthreconsidering your opinions on some of these and especially their roles in society. Do we have the right to institualise anyone? Read and let me know your thoughts!
3) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
It’s good to think of the future. It’s good to keep in mind that we may just being dummbed down with “feelies,” drugs and “having” people. That there is a bigger and bigger divide between us, and any questioning of it is recieved as a sign that there is something wrong with you. Brave New World is probably a very accurate widow into the future of society, even more so than 1984. I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but if you read anything on this list I encourage you to read this book. It helped me understand that small steps create a path to an unimaginably wrong future. Ask your self, is this Brave New World not a great idea? Technically, with all the Postmodernist Intersectional ideas floating about so puplarily these days, is anything actually wrong with Huxley’s dystopia?
4) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This is not a kids book. I had it read to me as a child in nusrey and then read it at school and didn’t understand much of it. I must have read it about 15 times in my life, which is a lot, as I barley ever re-read books at all. If you’ve ever felt alone in this world and wanted a friend, this book is for you. It discusses friendship and does a good job at ridiculing the way our silly adult world works. The message reall resonates with me, as I always felt out of place as a child (more on that in an upcoming post on being enneagram type 4).
5- A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Apart from it being a great read and a spooky gothic novel, this is a commentary on Victorian society and how it criticised publically what it did privatley and accused art of beign immoral. I feel like this applies to our world today, where people are lovley on social media and show off their perfect lives, to then go against their internet persona in person. More than this; however, I encourage you to look for how maipluation is presented in this book. It may help you, just like me, detect who your beliefs came from and whether you should question them.
6) 1984- George Orwell
Outside of the cliches that we alreadt live in this world, I’d like to point out that this book brilliantly outlines some of the techniques used by authoritative regimes. It explains brilliantly that power exists for the sake of power, questioning our personal motives and inviting us to consider what we would od in postiions of power, or how it would feel if the goverment knew your everymove. Now apply that to smartphones. This book was one of the reasons why I started being more aware of the imprint I leave online. It also helps me spot how conveniently things like twitter hashtags are like 3 minutes of hate, engineered to provoke the right response in the population.
What are some of the books that changed you, which you found both entertaining and informative? What are your thoughts on the ones I spoke about? Leave a comment below, let’s have a discussion.