Next time you're at a bookstore, go to the children's section. Sometimes, you'll find more enlightenment flipping through novels written for kids much more than a self-help book. Promise.
The Little Prince
Don't be fooled by the book's cutesy illustrations from the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, himself. The best-selling tome is actually a reflection of life and an insightful commentary on human nature. The story starts off when a pilot gets stranded in the middle of the desert and meets a young prince that has fallen to the earth from a tiny asteroid. Expressed through fable, the book is largely about the strangeness of the adult world. And don't we all feel that way sometimes?
The Chronicles of Narnia
Children take center stage in this popular series from C.S. Lewis. Composed of seven books in total, it is an account of the beginnings of the land of Narnia until its destruction. If this series sounds familiar to you at all, then you’ve probably watched the movie version. Read and experience it on a whole new level.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Things are not always a walk in the park; this is where the series draws its story that has spanned into thirteen novels. Nothing ever seems to go right for the Baudelaire siblings, Klaus, Violet, and Sunny, after being orphaned when their parents were killed in a fire. The reality of life having its fair share of downs is ironically a breath of fresh air in this children's book. You'll fall in love with this dark, gripping tale that will have you rooting for the Baudelaire siblings all the way. Fun fact: Lemony Snicket is a pen name for Daniel Handler, the guy who authored the books.
The novel chronicles the journey of Tristran Thorn and the adventures he encounters in the magical land of Fairie, as he seeks to bring home a shooting star to ask for Victoria Forester's hand in marriage. Little does he know that the shooting star will forever change his life. If you're a fan of books like J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, then you'll enjoy this gem of a story from Neil Gaiman, too.
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