The Power Of A Good Book Giveaway

I posted earlier this week that I was asked to share a list of ten books that made an impression on me or stuck with me after I read it. It could involve amazing characters, an interesting plot, a fabulous setting, or simply a well-written book I enjoyed. This task was too difficult for me (see previous post), so I decided to share one book each month with my readers and describe why I chose it for my list.

The first book is:

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(The summary of The Alchemist below is taken from Goodreads)
This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

The summary speaks for itself as to why this book is on my list. I read this at a time when I needed some inspiration and reminding of what is important to me. It gave me direction and hope. It put me on a path to pursuing my “personal legend” (read the book to understand what that means).
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written, inspirational story. It’s changed the way I view things and my approach to obstacles in life.
An interview with Paulo Coelho is also included at the end of this book. It’s well worth a look as well.

I will be giving away a copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist to a lucky commenter. One person will randomly be chosen from the comments to the question below.

What book has had an impact on your views or goals in life?

Good Luck!


  1. Hmm…deep and with an underlying message. There the best kind…Have you read King Solomon’s Minds? The title does not do the novel justice?

    • I haven’t read that one. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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