The ones among you who read my post love letter to words and language already know that I am obsessed with literature and that reading a good book can certainly make my day. I love spending time looking for new books that I could read, but I am always grateful for recommendations too. Last week, me and my friend went to the bookstore to get some new books, but this time we just couldn’t find anything that screamed ‘read me!!’. Regarding this I thought it’s about time to share with you some of my favourite books! Maybe you can get some inspiration and you will save a few hours getting lost in the bookstore. Something about my taste in literature: Neither am I the perky love story kind of person, nor the bloodcurdling thriller kind of person, I am more of an old-fashioned reader. I like the philosophical, profound stuff, that some people would call a ‘pain’ to read. I see literature as a form of art and I don’t like authors whose artwork looks nice from distance, but sloppy at close range, because they didn’t know how to use the brush properly.
I didn’t want this to get too long, so I decided to make it a daily series, introducing you to one new book and two of my favourite quotes from that book every day. At the end of each article I will provide an amazon link to the site where you can directly order the book.
1. Khalil Gibran – The Prophet
If I was to name my favourite author, I would definitely say Khalil Gibran. I am in love with his writing style and his words just sound like music in my ears. He is so skilled when it comes to expressing beautiful thoughts with even more beautiful words. I read all of his books multiple times, but my favourite one is probably ‘The Prophet’. It is about a prophet going on a ship and getting asked many questions about life and society by the people around him, every chapter deals with one of these questions. This book is powerful, linguistically as well as in content. Read it !!
“You often say ; I would give , but only to the deserving, The trees in your orchard say not so , nor the flocks in your pasture.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and nights is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream. See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver , and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you , who deem yourself a giver , is but a witness.”
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
You can find the book (German version) here: