There are certain very special books that I reread over and over again because they remind me of the meaning of the life that I want to live, and I carry these books wherever I go.
It’s during long journeys, especially those taken alone, that that we often seek a sense of purpose as well as emotional uplifting. Books can provide us with both while simultaneously enriching our travels. What better time to read a book that makes you ponder life than when you are off seeing the world?
Here is the list of my five favorite books in the world that provide me with the comfort and validation I need when I’m feeling lonely and unsure of in which direction I want to go next in my life.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I carry a copy of this book with me literally wherever I go because it’s my main reference whenever I’m feeling emotionally adrift. It’s the best children’s book ever created and it continues to teach adults of the most important things in life time and time again. Just remember, never lose your childish enthusiasm and remember to take care of the rose you tamed that you left behind on another planet.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
Kundera beautifully illustrates the significance and consequences of relationships through the concept of light and heavy. It presents life as being incredibly light as every human being simply lives and dies once, but this concurrently makes life heavy as we only ever have one chance to make decisions, do everything and live. It also contemplates humans’ preference for lightness and whether this is truly more valuable than being weighed down by relationships.
Momo, by Michael Ende
This children’s book by the author of The Neverending Story criticizes the stressful and hectic way of life in modern society, in which adults are constantly pressured to work rather than enjoy the smaller things in life. In a fantasy world, Momo is a mysterious little girl who sets off to save her happy village from the Men in Grey, who come in and start stealing the time of the townspeople whose lives become devoid of cheerfulness, leisure and unity.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
A traveler embarks on a journey across the world in search of his personal treasure and to learn about the soul of the world. Is there any other plot that we nomads resonate more with? This worldwide bestseller has the power to move and change the lives of its readers, and every line is an inspiring quote that you want to remember and live by. There are few books that are as touching and lovingly validating as this one. Everyone should have a copy in order to get in touch with their hearts and the rest of the world whenever they need it.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
The book that started it all, for many of us who read it as children (or recent post-grads). As always Dr. Seuss knew what he was talking about, as he sums up all the ups and downs and conflicts we will inevitably face in life in the most effortless and encouraging way. It’s the best book to flip through whenever you need a pick-me-up and having a bad day.
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”