With so much to read in this world and so much knowledge to gain, why would anyone re-read a book more than once? There a few stories I have come across that give me a new life lesson every time I re-read it. I enjoy it and appreciate it more each time. Typically these books are quick reads, as are the ones mentioned below.
If you are going on holiday or have a free weekend and you want to read (or re-read) a great book that will leave you thinking, then these are for you!
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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
A young adult dystopian novel, and the first of a 4 book series. This story was also made into a movie in 2014.
The Giver follows 12 year old Jonas who lives in a society where the government has eliminated emotional depth from everyone’s lives. In this community, each 12 year old is assigned a job based on their skills and disposition. Jonas has been selected to inherit a very special position. While being taught by a wise old man called “The Giver”, Jonas struggles as he learns the dangerous truths about his community’s past.
The main theme in this book is freedom vs. security. Jonas learns throughout the story how sad life is without choices, and why they were taken away in the first place. I think the concept of the novel is what makes it one of my favourites. Dystopian stories are my favourite genre and this one is especially interesting.
I encourage you to read this book as it certainly makes you think. As I’ve gotten older, I learn new things from this book every time I read it. It is truly a wonderful read at any age!
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)
This is a classic children’s fiction novel that is a staple in young people’s literature. It has been made into two movies (1981 and 2002).
I first read this book in grade 6 English class and absolutely fell in love with its’ charm.
The book follows 10 year old Winnie who is on the cusp of growing up and wanting more freedom from her parents. She wanders into the wooded area near her house and meets a family (the Tucks) who, years ago, accidentally became immortal after drinking from an eternal spring. Winnie becomes so enthralled by the Tuck’s secret that she will do anything to protect them, even if it means risking her own life.
I recommend this book to anyone, especially our younger generation, as it teaches a valuable lesson about considering consequences before making decisions. It is an easy-read, a sweet story and provoked many emotions for me. I have read it now many times and just righting this post makes me want to read it again!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)
This fiction story was originally written in Portuguese, but has now been translated into 70 different languages. If you have ever read “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, it is very similar in style. I have re-read both books several times!
The Alchemist follows a young shepherd boy named Santiago who experiences a re-occuring dream about finding buried treasure in Egypt. He decides to listen to his dreams and journey to Egypt, meeting many people along the way. Each person he meets, including a gypsy, a self-proclaimed king and an alchemist, give him advice and point him to where they believe he will find the treasure. The actual storyline, or whether he finds the treasure is quite irrelevant in the end. The morals include: following your heart, knowing the power of your dreams and finding the treasures within yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have leant it to many friends who have all enjoyed it just as much. It is extremely inspirational and I believe it would teach each individual a valuable lesson about listening to your intuition.
Do you have any books where you gain new knowledge every time you re-read it? I would love to hear your opinions on the books above as well as your own favourites!
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