Top Ten Inspirational/Thought Provoking Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is one of my favourite. Goodness knows I love a thought provoking quote. Here are some of my favourites in no particular order:

  1. “You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.” – They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera
  2. “You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.”- The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord
  3. “Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.” Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
  4. “I wonder – if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”  Radio Silence- Alice Oseman
  5. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire- J.K. Rowling
  6. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” My Sister’s KeeperJodi Picoult
  7. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  8. “Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.” Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  9. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Oh The Places You’ll Go!Dr Seuss
  10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  I Can Read With My Eyes Shut– Dr Seuss

Some of these have made appearances on my blog before but I can’t help quoting it again! Feel free to leave me a link to your post this week. I’m looking forward to reading them!

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Synopsis:

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Thoughts:

I was bought this book, told that I had to read it, because it was one of the best books in existence. Hm. Whilst I can see why some people absolutely love this book, it wasn’t really for me. I have to admit that it really surprised me. My first degree at university was a very philosophical one, so I thought that I might really ‘get’ this book. I appreciated its sentiment, but I had a real disconnect from it.

The Alchemist follows Santiago, a shepherd on a quest for treasure. He travels and experiences many things, each teaching him something along the way.

I loved the message of following your dreams and listening to your heart. However, I didn’t feel as connected to it as I wanted to. It was a sweet read, but despite how short it was, it felt like a very slow paced read. I wasn’t compelled to keep turning the pages. I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed and wondering what I had missed. That said, I can’t deny that this book has a lovely, spiritual message which is why I would recommend it to others.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Whilst I didn’t have the connection I expected with this book, I still thought it had some very profound statements and one I’m sure others will connect with more.

This Week In Books #141

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Fear

I’m currently working my way through this book. I haven’t really got into it yet but I think I’ll enjoy it!

THEN

The Alchemist

I have been meaning to get to this book for a while now. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t over blown away. I’ll hopefully get a review within the next week or so.

NEXT

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread

I’m so intrigued to read this book! It’s the choice for our January edition of Banned Books! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #140

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

Save the Date

I’ve been looking forward to getting back to some contemporary after a run of thrillers!

THEN-

Let Me Lie

I really enjoyed this book that I read with Beth for our next ‘Talking About’ feature. Look out for our review soon!

NEXT-

The Alchemist

I know. I know. I’m very late to reading this book. I am looking forward to it though!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Backlist Books That I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those pesky books that we’re yet to get around to.

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I was sent this book quite a while ago and I’ve never got around to reading it. Oops.

Gilded Cage- Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

Another one that I’ve had for a while and never got around to.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Are you sensing a theme here? Still haven’t got around to this.

My Not So Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

I used to read her books religiously, but I’ve had this one waiting to be read for quite some time.

Where She Went- Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I keep meaning to get around to this one, but never do!

Friend Request- Laura Marshall

Friend Request

I know this book is fairly new, but I still want to get to it, because I’ve had it for a while!

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolomore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I need to prioritise this book. I keep putting it on lists and never getting to it.

Safe With Me- K.L Slater

Safe With Me

I keep meaning to read this author and never get around to it…

Gemina-Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I would love to continue with this series!

Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

I need to catch up with all things CoHo!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Ten Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that awaken the travel bug in you. I found this list particularly tricky for some reason. I guess I just haven’t read many books that do that to me!

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

I absolutely adore the setting of Italy in this book. I’ve only ever been to Sicily, but I’d love to go to Italy. I really would!

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer

I love the idea of touring with my best friends! 🙂 We love a road trip now even if we’re not particularly going anywhere exciting.

Anna and The French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I need to get to actual Paris one day. I’ve only been to Disneyland!

Wanderlove

Wanderlove

I pretty much think this book is perfect for anyone that’s interested in travelling!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

I love the travel element to this story. It’s so adorable! 🙂

Books that are on my TBR that might awaken the travel bug in me

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

I have heard great things about this book and can’t believe I’m still yet to read it!

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

I have heard so many mixed reviews about this book that I’m cautious to read it, but it still remains on my TBR!

Wanderlost

Wanderlost

This is one I’ve heard lots about. I think I’d love it.

Meant To Be

Meant to Be

I know this includes a trip to London which isn’t far from me, but I’m not fussy. A trip to London is a good day for me!

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This book has been on my TBR forever. I should really attempt to read it soon! I love the concept of it!

Nobody’s Girl

Nobody's Girl

I enjoy Sarra’s writing, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

What are the books that awaken the travel bug in you? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Stacking The Shelves #151

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Received this week:

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)

This week I received a book from Alice over at a Date With Darcy. She picked this book for me. I have heard so much about this book, so I’m pleased that it’s been added to my TBR. I shall be talking about a Date With Darcy on my blog soon, so look out for it! 🙂

The Alchemist

I was sent this book as part of a book project of sending others favourite reads. This is someone’s favourite read! I have heard so much about this book, so I’m very intrigued!

Bought: 

Unboxed

I’m very intrigued to read this book! I love Non Pratt’s writing. This book is stunning and looks like it’ll be a heartwarming read!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul! Happy Reading! 😀