Week 3: Books – Blog 3

By Isabel Paulet

The three books I have read that have influenced me the most are: Tuck Everlasting (Lois Lowry), 13 Reasons Why (Jay Asher), & The Alchemist (Paul Coelho)

Tuck Everlasting: This book had a great impact on me when I was in the 6th grade because it made me think about what living and dying means. Some of us at one point have this wish to live forever, to capture a time in our life and make it last until the end of time. Such as wanting to stay young, living out our lives as if tomorrow is always guaranteed but we never think about what we would do if we had the secret formula to everlasting life, we don’t think about the consequences or the dangers of seeking it.

13 Reasons Why: 13 Reasons why is a book a read recently that made me wonder about my impact on peoples lives in any given situation. It brought on the thought that sometimes as individuals we don’t realize what an effect we can have on someone with one interaction. A smile or rude comment can completely change a person something that many of of us might take for granted. It made me think of how the consequences of our actions are only an after thought, and when it leads to something bad happening we like to put the blame on something or someone else.

The Alchemist:“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” This is one of the many phrases in The Alchemist that have stayed with me over the years since I read it. In today’s society we all seem to have an idea of how people should lead their lives, from who they should love, what religion they should be, how they should look, etc. But very few of us are so critical about ourselves. We are so concerned about what someone else is doing to make themselves happy we become bitter and angry. We hold others at a high standard when a lot of the time we don’t do the same for ourselves.

 

 

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