I take book recommendations quite seriously.  If you’re a reader, I applaud you.  If you’re not, this book is still right up your alley; it’s short, sweet, & packs a huge punch.

I am asked by readers of Blonder Ambitions, quite often, to give book recommendations.  Literature has been a huge component of my growth and shaped the way I see the world and live my life.  I have decided that, due to my overwhelming love of words and the power that they can have, I will begin to offer book recommendations on Blonder Ambitions.  Here’s to all of you bookworms, logophiles, intelligent women, nerds, smart girls, bibliophiles, or literary neophytes (it’s never too late to become a reader)… this book is my personal dedication to each of you.

My very first recommendation took little to no thought to come up with; I chose the book that has been a constant in my life and the gift that I have given (at least twenty times!) to those I care for.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been hugely influential for me during my adult years and has helped remind me (continually!) that I am here for a purpose.   The book contains themes of love, loss, triumph, adventure, and the fulfillment of one’s destiny.  Simply put,  it is a tale that can be applied to anyone’s life.  And it should be.

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”  Truth.  The story is filled with quotes like this… too many to list.  I’ll leave you with one more to wet your reading whistle: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Double truth.

My dream is for each of you to realize your destiny and to truly live the fabulous life that you deserve.  Please write and let me know your thoughts on the book. As always, I am open to comments and, of course, other book recommendations! Feel free to leave comments below or email me, day or night, at