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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This Book has changed lives of Millions of people around the world, and For years it has been a best seller. Here is one line from it and thats the Theme.
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream
I have read the book a Dozen times over the years and i read it again whenever i need inspiration
Our family was living in eastern Canada when I started grade school, so my first few years of school where entirely in French.
When we moved back out west, I started taking school in English, and I baffled my teachers, because I'm an Anglo kid, who could speak, read and write in French perfectly, but was totally illiterate in my native tongue. One of my teachers solved this by giving me "The Hobbit".
I learned to read in my own language for the first time using that book, in the 3rd grade.
I'm still chasing that rabbit.
There are so many quotable quotes, as well as at least one great song inspired from this story. It is much more than a child's tale.
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.
Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever say in my life!
It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.
One thing that has made this book my all time favorite was that is was also the very first 'real' book that I owned, a paperback version given to me on my 6th birthday. I still have it, from 1959. And no, I don't read it anymore, the pages are far too brittle.
Curiouser and curiouser!
[edited by: grandpa at 5:21 pm (utc) on Dec. 28, 2008]
A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins. The early books of Harold Robbins are very sensitively written. This one is out-of-print I believe.
Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer - Archer's best ever, rated one of the 100 best books of all time by BBC.
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - A very inspirational book.