Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages

The Alchemist

The Alchemist - I wasn’t expecting to read this book (it wasn’t even on my to-read list before I began it); my youth leader at church dropped it off for me for the next book club meeting we’re having on Wednesday. So, without knowing anything about it or even the story, I dove right in. Needless to say, I was impressed. I really enjoyed the simplistic writing style and the parable/fable formula used. It reminded me of stories my mom used to put on our tape player to lull me to sleep when I was little–like the boy who wanted to be powerful and sat on top of the mountain naked and was heated by the sight of a fire from across the valley, things like that. I wasn’t expecting anything, so what I did get felt overwhelmingly lovely. However, this really is a love it or hate it sort of book–if you scroll through the reviews and ratings, most people seem to give it on or five stars. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like it. I don’t generally read books of this genre and I wasn’t expecting it to be religious or anything–I didn’t expect anything, really, because I didn’t know anything. However, I really loved the characters and just especially the way it was written. I loved its simplicity and beauty and the uplifting message it carries. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found and look forward to discussing it with the women in my book club.Read more?