The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a story of self-discovery. Brimming with wisdom, it can answer so many of your questions. From achieving your personal legend to learning great lessons of life, the book serves as a mentor of life. The philosophy of life presented in it has been admired by thousands of readers, around the globe. Besides, it has been translated into numerous languages.
If you love reading books like The Alchemist, then the list given below is for you. It includes novels and self-help books that touch upon the same theme. The writers vary in styles and perspectives but I am sure it will quench your thirst for wisdom by reading about the greatest examples of all time. Let’s dive in and get your favorite.
1.Pillar of Salt by Fadia Faqir
If you admire Fatima in The Alchemist then I am sure you will love Pillars of Salt by Fadia Faqir. A beautiful story of two women linked together by unfortunate circumstances. However, their journey of self-discovery is applaudable. The setting and characters remind you of Alchemist’s traditional cultural setup, however, from a new perspective. The journey is narrated from a female point of view which I think is a great addition to such kind of literature. It is a must-read if you want to read more about the role of fate and destiny in one’s life.
2.The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
If you love Paulo Coelho’s books then it is guaranteed that you are fond of Khalil Gibran. However, if you don’t know about Khalil Jibran then read The Prophet as an introduction to his works. Full of wisdom and spiritual lessons. The Prophet by Khalil Jibran is a collection of essays about different topics ranging from love, life, fate, and destiny to drinking, eating, family and crime. I found his essay both helpful for spiritual growth and self-awareness. This one is for every reader no matter what taste you have in reading. It is going to transform your journey in life.
3.One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a masterpiece. It explores themes like a personal legend and the purpose of life in more depth. Reading it is like reading an extended version of the Alchemist. The story narrates the ups and downs of the famous mythical city Maconda. Besides the challenging journey of the city, reading the text of this novel is also a bit challenging. But it is a classical read just like The Alchemist.
4.Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
If you loved the journey and traveling of the protagonist in The Alchemist then Life of pie should be your next read. Full of wisdom and philosophy, it teaches you how to survive in the least survival favorable situation. An amazing adventurous story narrating the best lessons of life. The movie version is also available but I would suggest a book to have a great experience.
5.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Alchemist serves as a learning read at different levels. For some, it is the journey while for some it is the philosophizing of the journey by the writer. If you admired the book for philosophy then Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is something you will not want to miss. In this novel, Siddhartha leaves all privileges and comfort and thrives for wisdom and spirituality. It resembles, in different instances, the journey of the protagonist in The Alchemist. Moreover, it motivates you to reflect and achieve your full potential.
6.Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen
Christian Anderson is well known for his mythical fairy tales. His style of writing stories resembles Paul Coehlo. Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson is a collection of stories exploring different themes. However, all of them have one commonality i.e characters are on an adventure of exploring identity. Besides, the stories teach how to be resilient and strong in tough times. Mostly they are suggested for children or young readers but I think it has enough food for thought for mature readers, too.
7.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Mostly The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is used as a self-help book. But I think the information given in the book can be used not only for self-growth in general but it can also be used to explore new self-horizons. It can be of great assistance in utilizing one’s full potential. Just like The Alchemist, it teaches you how to make your luck or make the world help you make it. In case you are not fond of novels, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne can serve as a better option.
8.The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Zafon may seem a little different from the story of The Alchemist, however, on a deeper level it can be paralleled with it. The story of this novel is about a young boy who has lost his mother and is unable to overcome grief. Later on, he comes across a book that embarks him on a journey of self-discovery. It is an intriguing story written a little differently. If you love mystery and suspense at offering some life lessons then this could be your next to-read novel.