Books! Books! Books!
Hi dear friends!
Remembering my promise, today I'm going to tell you about the books, which deeply affected on me. I like reading indeed! I think my mom is guilty of it! Just joking! I am very much obliged to her! During all of my life books were my best friends, advisers and teachers. Moreover, my muse!
On schooldays I had been reading a lot! Like everywhere, we had the compulsory program of literature lesson, included Russian and foreign classical books. And my mom has got a huge library at home! Every time I began every next work of writing art, I was absorbed in another world. During the time I was reading, I was living among the heroes of the book. I smiled and cried with them, thought of them and analyzed their decisions and actions.
My inward life changed after I'd read «A hero of our time» by the genius of Russian literature, Mikhail Lermontov. In this book he describes the life of a rich young man from St. Petersburg, who despises a high-society. He is against the world. And he diecided to run away, traveling. Naturally, he was trying to run from himself. It's amazing, that after I'd finished the book, I still couldn't find out the character of Pechorin, the main hero. He is the real mystery! There is something about fatality and destiny of our lives in «A hero of our time» . It was my reference book for a long time. Sometimes It seems to me that I'm trying to follow Pechorin somehow.
As to foreign books, my favorite was «The Forsyte Saga» by John Galsworthy. I learned a lot from it. It was summer time, when I was carried away by reading of the great story of Farsytes. It's captivating to follow someone's life from the beginning to the end! Moreover, several generations!
After reading novels by Russian writer Ivan Bunin, I started writing my own short stories. His style inspired me. He describes every one thing in every detail! He has very sensory descriptions of nature. With each of his word you begin to imagine and feel the atmosphere of his novel. And through the nature you understand the mood of his heroes. I think, you can notice his influence on me.
By teenager I was fond of Erich Maria Remarque. I've read it all. And I am in love with his every work. They are so passionate and lively! Generally dramatic, his novels carry an important message and a deep sense. Life is precious and true love is endless! The first thing I've read was «Three comrades». It opened my heart to love. What can I say, I'm very romantic personality!
There are the books, which appeared in the difficult moments and helped me. For example, my professional activity implies a high level of responsibility. And if you aren't prepared for it psychologically, it can depress you. Dale Carnegie with his «How to stop worrying and start living» was exactly the right thing on the right place. His method is very helpful, easy understandable and usable.
When I'd risen in my work, there was a pressing need to upgrade my business knowledge and skills. One of my good friends recommended me a book by Neil Rackham. It was «The SPIN». This book is about successful sales. But it isn't about retail trade like the salesman from Oriflamme do, for example. It tells about the sales of the projects with huge budgets and post return on investments. It must be admitted that the book helped me not only in business career, but also in my private life. I've learned from it how to present myself, the most precious good I've ever sold!
Honestly, I had been thinking about my own business. I've got different ides. For example, I'd made the business plans for Russian restaurant in Sofia and elite travel company. After I'd read "E-Myth" by Michael Gerber, I decided to store more experience and then act. I reconsidered my attitude to the idea of entrepreneurship. For good!
After my familiarity with the book by Paulo Coelho «The Pilgrimage», I decided to learn Spanish. When I'll feel that my Spanish is fluent, I'd wish to follow Coelho's way across Northern Spain on the Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. This is my next dream!
And the last book I'm going to tell you about is «Atlas Shrugged» by Ayn Rand. She is a Russian novelist, who lived the most time of her life in America. The story is a capitalist utopia. I think it could be an economic tutorial for any ages. Rand tells a breathtaking story about the lives of the movers and shakers, and at the same time she explains the basic rules of capitalist society. In my opinion, this book is from the category must-read!
As you see, I've always been keenly interested in books. Let's talk about your favorite one! I'd ask you to share your experience! It must be useful for all of us, don't you think?!