There is always something new to learn from a book, be it a life lesson, a personal revelation or a new word to add to your vocabulary. Literature has been my main source of comfort and support throughout my life and I am forever grateful for every book that I’ve read, even the ones that I didn’t enjoy, because every single one of them has given me something to ruminate over. I thought I’d share with you a few out of many that have made a particular impact on my life:
- Harry Potter by J.K Rowling has taught so many wonderful lessons:
-Love is the most important force that brings people together. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” – Albus Dumbledore
-Death is inevitable, and our inability to face it with courage, like an old friend, just like the Third Brother, robs us of the chance to live a fruitful life.
-To respect everyone, regardless of their status in society.
-Things are not always as they seem and the truth my actually surprise you.
-Everyone is human and we all make mistakes. Such knowledge should make us more forgiving towards others and ourselves.
-Being weird and different is a strength not a weakness. So don’t hold back from embracing your quirks because it’s a step towards accepting who you really are. It would be a betrayal to yourself if you pretend to be otherwise in front of other people just to be accepted by society.
-Life is difficult, but true friends are there to help you along the way.
-It’s LeviOsa not LevioSA!!!!
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien has taught me that adventure awaits just outside our door. All we need is a little courage to take that first step. We cannot see what’s beyond the horizon, whether there’s joy or peril, but this allows us to focus instead on ourselves and who’s beside us.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
The story of the fellowship is also a lesson of endurance. They had to go through dead marshes, evil fortresses and lands swarming with orcs, and yet they never lost hope. On a highly different note…a life lesson you should never forget is: never NEVER underestimate the importance of second breakfast!
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo has taught me that nothing is ever black or white, right or wrong, be it people in general or any situation in life. There are two sides of every story and we cannot judge from what we see on the outside. We can be heroes in one narrative, and antagonists in the next.
- Astrophysics For People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson made me realise that our lives and daily struggles are utterly insignificant compared with the vastness of the universe. But at the same time, it is also a celebration of the fact that us humans are a part of it. “We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.” It is a reminder that us humans are not the masters of the universe, but participants along with the rest of the species. If only people in power reminded themselves of their place in the cosmos, maybe the world would be less prejudiced and more humble and peaceful.
- Educated by Tara Westover has taught me that perseverance is the key to finding a place for yourself in the world. The road is difficult and there will be people along the way who will try their utmost to hinder your progress. You just need to keep pushing forward. It made me appreciate the education that I was lucky to receive, and sown in me the seed of hope and determination to keep on studying and learning more about this beautiful world.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman has taught me that a small act of kindness can change a person’s life, how we need to stop judging others for their appearance or eccentric behaviour and being yourself is the best choice you could ever make.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley teaches so much about human nature, particularly curiosity, love, mistakes and their consequences. It showed me that unbridled curiosity needs to go hand in hand with responsibility, that ambition can sometimes turn into obsession and that humans need love and kindness just as they need food and drink.
- Spring by Ali Smith has opened my eyes with regards to present-day Britain suffering from bureaucracy, technology and xenophobia. It has made me even more aware of the weight and responsibility that we are all carrying with regards to climate change. It has taught me that everything is connected, be it on a superficial or a profound level and that people seeking money or power are trying to sever this connection.
Have you read any of these books? Or are there any books that have made a huge impact on your life? x