Books, movies

Books I wish they would make movies of

Sometimes I feel that there should never be film adaptations from books because too often they get it so wrong. However when they get it right they make the reader happy that the writers vision was honoured.

Tom Clancy – Without Remorse – The story of John Kelly  and how he avenges the death of the woman he loved by taking down a large drug and prostitution ring – I mean who doesn’t love all the action of a vigilante rampage?

Dalene Mathee – Kringe in ‘n bos – a 1984 Afrikaans novel based in the Knysna Forest about a young man named Saul and an old wise elephant Oupoot and how they have to fight to save their worlds.

A Bryce Courtenay Trilogy because not only are trilogies still all the rage but they are so normal these days that it’s weird when a movie isn’t a trilogy

  1. The Potato Factory – set in the early 19th century it is story about Ikey Solomons and Mary Abacus and their exile from England to Tasmania
  2. Tommo and Hawk – 2 brothers (Mary’s 2 sons) deals with their kidnapping and their trials and tribulations that follow.
  3. Solomon’s Song – the battle between the 2 Solomon’s families continue.

Roald Dahl – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – A greedy gambler who starts a yoga training program that will allow him to cheat at cards. However after 3 years of training he decides to use his powers for good and over a period of twenty years he travels to casinos all over the world and uses the money to set up orphanages in every country he visits.

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist – I’m always going on and on about this book so would love to be able to see it on the big screen. A young man travels from Spain to Egypt in search of his treasure and destiny.

Books, Life

More Paulo Coelho Inspirational Quotes

  • Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled, and this is our reason for being in the world. This personal legend manifests itself in our enthusiasm for the task.
  • One can abandon one’s personal legend for a time, as long as one does not forget about it entirely and returns to it as soon as possible.
  • Every human being should keep alive within them the sacred flame of madness, but should behave as a normal person.
  • Only the following items should be considered to be grave faults: not respecting another’s rights: allowing oneself to be paralyzed by fear; feeling guilty; believing that one does not deserve the good or ill that happens in one’s life; being a coward. We will love our enemies, but not make alliances with them. They were placed in our path in order to test our sword, and we should, out of respect for them, struggle against them. We will choose our enemies.
  • It is hereby decreed that the wall separating the sacred and the profane be torn down. From now on everything is sacred.
  • Everything that is done in the present affects the future in the form of consequence and affects the past in the form of redemption.
  • We are all different, and should do what we can do te remain so.
  • Each human being was given two possibilities: action and contemplation. Both lead to the same place.
  • Each human being was given two qualities: power and the gift. Power directs us towards our destiny; the gift obliges us to share with others what is best in us.
  • Courage is fear that prays.
  • The brave are always stubborn.
  • Suffering has no strength to wound a weary body.
  • A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
  • “Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say”
adventures, Books, Life

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

After an overwhelming amount of “likes” for the below picture that I posted on Facebook I thought I’d post something inspirational. It’s scary that so many of us can relate to this or feel the same, shouldn’t we all be doing things we love?


I have been going to the library regularly to check if the book The Alchemist was available but due to its popularity it never was. The weird thing was that after cleaning out some old boxes at home my mom found a copy of this book in our house, apparently it’s been there for months but we were just blissfully unaware. I’ve just finished reading it and thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes. It’s basically a book about listening to your heart and following your dreams and even though a lot of what he says we already know it’s nice just to be reminded.

  • “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
  • “Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
  • “In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left you.”
  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
  • “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
  • “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”  
  • “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 
  • “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” 
  • “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” 
  • “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
  • It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil. It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.
  •   Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  • The world’s greatest lie: At a certain point in our lives we lose control of what’s happening to us and our lives become controlled by fate.
  • Life attracts life.
  • One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
  • Don’t think about what you’ve left behind.
  • “There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
  • People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.
  • When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
  • “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
  • Most people see the world as a threatening place, and because they do, the world turns out indeed to be a threatening place.
  • No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.


10 things I have learnt this week

1. It is still possible to feel real joy upon discovering something new

2. Cousins are your first real friends in this world

3. Standing in front of the classroom at 29 is just as scary as it was in high school

4. I am happy if my blog brings joy to people – even if it is only a handful

5. My oily t-zone is the bane of my existence – I’m not supposed to be getting pimples at this age

6. To blog is to do – one has to experience new things to have a constant source of writing material

7. Plinky prompt is great for writer’s block

8. I’ve been living under a rock all these years but am glad that I finally discovered the writer Paulo Coelho

9. I always thought autumn was my favorite season turns out I miss summer, sandals, shorts and maxi dresses

10. The people in your life don’t know you as well as they think they do