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Suzette Grosen - August 28 2020

Our Favourite Books, August 2020

Think of an activity that combines enjoyment with learning and relaxation with adventure. An activity that lets you travel wherever you want without leaving your favorite armchair. No fuel used, no hours of planning, no long queues.

If you thought of reading, you're on the same page as us.

Here we share the most useful and valuable insights, experiences, and perspectives with our audience through remarkable pieces of all time. We are here to share our favorite books for August 2020, for those quiet, rainy days or beautiful sunny mornings in the park.

We've chosen a selection with a magical mix of excitement, wisdom, and power in their words.

The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho

About the book
Originally written in Portuguese, this deceptively simple book has been translated into multiple languages and is considered an international bestseller.

The story revolves around a shepherd boy named Santiago, who dreams about a great treasure hidden under Egypt's pyramids.

Guided by a local gypsy woman and a mysterious man who claims to be a king, Santiago leaves his home in Spain and makes his way to the deserts of Egypt, where he meets the man known as The Alchemist.

On this quest, the people he meets and the wisdom he learns change his entire life.

Why we recommend it
This beautiful little book teaches lessons about life and spirituality that everyone should read about at least once. The story is a tribute to listening to your heart, striving for your dreams, and the wisdom of paying attention to the signs present around you that connect you to everything.

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

Moby Dick, Herman Melville 

About the book
"Call me, Ishmael." With an opening sentence that is considered one of the most famous in the world of literature, Moby Dick is rightfully considered a classic and termed one of the best American novels of all time.

It narrates the story of a sailor who joins the crew of a whaling ship led by the obsessive Captain Ahab, who is out to seek revenge on a white whale named Moby Dick.

Going beyond an ordinary adventurous book that deals with details about life on the seas, symbolic references to the Bible, and discussions on social status and class.

Why we recommend it 
Considered to be a literary classic, this book can be interpreted differently by every reader. Filled with scientific knowledge, witty writing, and thoughts about human nature, Moby Dick may not be a simple summer read, but it's definitely worth the effort. 

"As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts."

1984 by George Orwell 

About the book
First published in 1949, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel that predicted a world's bleak future under a strict authoritarian rule. It tells the story of Winston, a low-ranking member of the ruling party who secretly wants to rebel against them.

The author created a world where every person is monitored and forced to conform to what the government demands, which is memorable and frightening.

Why we recommend it
Thought-provoking and influential, this book is a thrilling read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The concepts behind the world that the author created and the parallels between the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four and that of the real world are sure to keep readers interested and provide a source of interesting discussion. 

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."

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