Favourite Books

June 4, 2009

“All the minds on the planet are so easily cast down – they fear illness, invasion, attack, death. Try to restore their lost joy to them.” – Paulo Coelho in the Witch of Portobello

It is hard to find me without a book in my hands. I simply love to read. From early on, I have spent a considerable amount of my time engrossed in books. I have read all kinds of books, and consequently I have many favorites and favorite genres, but the novels that intrigue me the most are spiritual, philosophical, societal and psychological stories that are tied up in a mystery.

I would like to read more historical books but often I get bored reading them… A historical novel I enjoyed very much is called Quo vadis? by a Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905 Nobel Laureate in Literature). It’s about the persecution of Christians in Rome. My other favourite novels are George Orwell’s Keep The Aspidistra Flying, Stendhal’s The Red and the Black, Herman Hesse’s (Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1946) Siddhartha, Narcissos and Golden Mouth, as well as Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) to mention a few.

My favourite book genre is, however, spiritual novels like James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight, David Gregory’s books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagul and Ayn Rand’s The Atlas Shrugged, and Paolo Coelho’s The Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Paulo Coelho’s novels seem to touch my soul and, therefore, make me feel lighter.

Other spiritual books I like are C.S. Lewis’ The Great DivorceThe Four Loves and Narnia books. I also keep re-reading popular psychology books like Deepak Chopra’s Path to Love and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Additionally, books on peace are close to my heart like Deepak Chopra’s Peace Is the Way, Scott A. Hunt’s The Future of Peace, Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Dalai Lama’s Widening the Circle of Love and Desmond Tutu’sGod Has a Dream.

I try not to read anything because I feel I ought to or ought not to. I received validation to this philosophy when I read Doris Lessing’s (2007 Nobel Laureate in Literature) The Golden Notebook. In the preface Lessing says: “Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.” 

Read more on my thoughts on literature in Finnish from the page Postia suomeksi.