By Staff Member Kwanna Wise for “The Alchemist”

My recommendation is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. I recommend this book because it has so many layers of symbolism and it is easy to identify with the main character, Santiago. He is in search of something deeper than what he has in his current life so he begins a long journey to find this thing that keeps nagging at his soul. In the end, he finds a treasure, but not one in the sense that the reader would normally think of a treasure. The ironic ending is so captivating and forces the reader to reflect upon their own personal treasures, and what we really hold to value. The Alchemist is such an easy, yet, worthwhile read. I am typically take a long time to read books, but I read this one in a week.