Just 4 books? Sheesh…well, #1 is easy.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray. This book is oddly enough my lifesaver in understanding the pits of darkness that one can fall into. It has made me understand things to the nth degree, and has helped me make decisions that were once difficult to make because I was drowing in my own sadness and misery. It has helped me immortalize the beauty in the men I’ve loved, but also see how they can be so destructing to those who love them. It’s made me understand my pain and work through it. After all, I would not be in New York City right now if it wasn’t for that book. No matter what phase of life I’m in, I always come back to this book because for some enlightened reason, it helps me to understand the loves of my life…and move on.
2. Eat, Pray, Love. There are so many reasons why I love this book. In a way, it’s like the story of the lives many of us live…that’s why the book and movie have been so popular. We’re just trying to find a way out of our own darkness. Whether it’s through food or meditation or just…love…we can find ourselves and learn to trust ourselves and to love again. In a way, this book is like knowing that we’re not alone and all seeking our own truths to happiness in our lives…especially with just being happy being who we are…and loving every bit of it.
3. Love in the Time of Cholera. I love the book and the movie. Ironically, the actor who is in this movie, also starred in Eat, Pray, Love. Such a passionate actor. At any rate, what I love about this book is that it shows the passion of love…that undying love that will wait forever if it has to…just to be reunited with that one person they have loved since the beginning. I think in a way, it reminds me of that feeling I have for my first love. You are madly and passionately in love with them when you are young, you spend the rest of your life without them, and then at the end, you are reunited with them once again. If you read today’s entry over at “Losing 100 Pounds of Unhappiness” called “In the Beginning…” you would understand why I would be passionate about that story. Some loves just never die…
4. Shadows of the Wind. All I can say is…this book is all about the love of books. Throw in an insane mystery and I’m in love. This book just filled the passion for books in me. I love reading books about the love for books. This book tops them all. It’s the start of a series written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s probably one of the greatest book recommendations anyone has ever given to me.