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Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption | Paulo Coelho
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live. Inspired by events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
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deletedbecausethisappisawful
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Beautiful, infuriating, thought provoking, and bizarre. My first Coelho book but certainly not my last.

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"I never used to suffer from depression on cold, gray, cloudy days like this. I felt as if nature was in harmony with me, that it reflected my soul. On the other hand, when the sun appeared, the children would come out to play in the streets, and everyone was happy that it was such a lovely day, and then I would feel terrible, as if that display of exuberance in which I could not participate was somehow unfair."

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ishan0986
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"Everyone has their own theory about everything, and they believed that their truth was the only one that mattered."
I have no words to fully describe this book. It forces you to change your outlook towards things and brings about a new dimension to things around you.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-12-19: My 92nd finished book of 2019! #veronikadecidestodie #paulocoelho 👍🏼📖#️⃣9️⃣2️⃣

ElizaMarie This is one of my fav books! Hope you enjoyed it! 2mo
GidgetsTreasures75 @ElizaMarie I did! It was wonderful! 👏🏼 2mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-10-19: “Nothing in this world happens by chance.”

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EadieB
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24 yo Veronika seems to have everything—youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. One cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does—at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live. Book questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal.

jb72 I ended up liking this book. 2mo
EadieB @jb72 Good to hear! 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 7

@AkashaVampie thanks again for the tag sweetie!
@SW-T thanks again for the tag hon!

Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation. Tag someone new each day

@Kachenii tag your it

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Lindsay.Butier

“We all live in our own world. But if you look up at the starry sky, you‘ll see that all the different worlds up there combine to form constellations, solar systems, galaxies”

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akfreeborn
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Mehso-so

I picked up and didn‘t finish this book years ago. I finished it this time. I liked the ending and some of the Villete characters but I thought the book tried too hard to be meaningful and philosophical. It came off as forced through the characters not natural. I will pass this book on to someone that appreciates Coelho more than I do.

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Shiann49
Veronika Decide Morir | Paulo Coelho
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Love it

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 11mo
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Currey
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I enjoyed this Coelho although I did not find it to be realistic in regards mental health issues. Also, I don‘t think it really covers Slovenia as it could have taken place in any country recently torn apart by political issues PLUS it was a running joke that no one in the world knew where Slovenia was. I think I need to find another book for #slovenia #readaroundtheworld

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

For #ReadAroundTheWorld this month the country is #Slovenia so I rooted around my basement books to unearth this - part of a three book compilation. It‘s been probably on my TBR for a decade, so I was excited to read it- but I‘m not sure that it gave me that much of a sense of the setting and more of a jumping off place to pondering bigger issues like mental illness, treatments, life and relationships... definitely one that begs to be discussed!

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BookwormM
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Read my 4-star review of Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2583746081

#readaroundtheworld #Slovenia #Reading1001

Love the pretty cover

BarbaraBB Such a special read! And so much better (I think) than The Alchemist! 1y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 #Readaroundtheworld #Slovenia

Mental health treatment really needs to improve hopefully it had since this was published in 1999

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KellyHunsakerReads
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Is Ljubljana, Slovenia a hidden gem or am I just not aware? Lovely place! The tagged book was more enjoyable than The Alchemist in my opinion but still not my favorite.

#Slovenia #Reading1001 #1001books #backpackEurope

Simona I can confirm that - it‘s a hidden gem😘 1y
KellyHunsakerReads @Simona where are you from? 1y
Jen_Reads Ljubljana is one of my absolute favorite places to visit. It‘s beautiful. 1y
Simona From Slovenija, but I live in Maribor. 1y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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If I were younger I would stay in this hostel located in a renovated prison! #Slovenia

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jen_hayes7
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With Bowie‘s company, I breezed through this inspiring book. Coelho definitely left his heart on the page here. Much of Eduard‘s story mirrors his own experiences growing up and being institutionalized. In the beginning I found Veronika both confusing and annoying,but grew fond of her while she discovered who she really was and what she wanted from life. I‘m also here for any tale encouraging people to let their weird flag fly. #bowie #catsoflitsy

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DebbieVincent
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After feeling slightly patronized by The Alchemist, a most over-rated book, I thought I'd give the author another go. And man, that is time in my life that I'll never get back.
It's exactly what it says on the tin. About Veronica, who has given up on life, for no good reason. An irritating and self-indulgent 'character'.
#veronicadecidestodie
#paulocoelho

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 2y
DebbieVincent The film is just as a painful. 2y
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A Re-reading for a change. Read just after The Alchemist #myfavorite.
Completed in just 2 sittings.
#holiday_challenge

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! (And good luck on your exams!) 😆 2y
rhea_reads11 Thanks @DebinHawaii . Heaven knows what will become of me. 2y
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jjsoni96
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The most inspirational book I have read in my life. It actually creates a world in which you would definitely like to travel. Life is too precious and we are all dying so do what you love and always be happy. Don't get trapped into a cluster of routine regardless of being productive or complacent.

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ardismargrethe
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Bailedbailed

Wanted to read a book about suicide, but this book is so flat, and more about physical health. It's a book written about suicide written by someone that don't know how it is to go through, what you feel, how it's like. And In the start of the book the writters ego is so big it get in the way of writing a good book. Who write themself into the book this way? Ugh, big pass, tried to read half, but not worth it

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Deborah42
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Veronika attempts suicide and wakes in a mental hospital, told that her heart is damaged. Then she starts to live.

This is based on the author‘s experiences in a mental institution as a young man. There are some weird moments (like the patient who uses astral projection) that made me wonder how much was actually fact and how much fiction. This is definitely more of a self-help/philosophical book that people seem to either love or hate.

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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

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Centique
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#rocktober #intheend

Despite the title, in the end this is a hopeful book. It‘s about Veronika who is suicidal and the people she meets in a mental hospital. Now that all sounds very dark but this book is really about the light that can shine in the dark places. More modern fable than gritty realism but more plot than The Alchemist. I read it a long time ago so interested to hear if others find it‘s held up well.

Louise I also read this years ago, and I still think of "vitriol" as an illness! In a way, I feel that in later books, Coelho has become a bit of a parody of himself. But this little book packs a nice punch. 2y
Centique @Louise I feel pretty similarly! I think there are people who shy away from Coelho who might really like this one. 2y
Cinfhen I read the Alchemist recently and was not impressed! Same with his other novels 2y
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Centique @Cinfhen I never felt the need to try any more after The Alchemist! This one was a gift though and I did really like it. Still, no need to go back there, you‘ve more than given him a chance! 😉🙃 2y
Cinfhen Thanks! I feel like #ThreeStrikesYoureOut 😝 (edited) 2y
Centique @Cinfhen true! 😂great hashtag that! 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m not a fan of his either. But I like your words about light shining in dark places 💫 2y
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you lovely! 🌸😊 2y
BarbaraBB Well played! I really liked this book when I read it about 5 years ago. I also hated The Alchemist 😉 2y
Centique @BarbaraBB oh good - my theory that people would like this one might hold up then! 😊 2y
BarbaraBB I think so, they are really different - this one is more down to earth, if I remember well 😀😉? The Alchemist certainly wasn‘t! 2y
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Lotta84

I'm starting to think that books don't cross our path by mistake. There's always a reason why we pick up the books that we do. Sometimes we realize the reason while reading, sometimes much later in life.

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PrinceNatilus
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Working my way through Paulo Coelho. This book really makes you think about passion, and what living is actually about.

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katedensen
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Is it too late to jump in on #AprilBookShowers? I'll see your #dontrememberbuyingthis and raise you I-barely-remember-reading these titles that I found on my long unused Kindle account.

I do remember Veronika Decides to Die though, so I'm offering it up for #recommendsday. It's the only Coehlo I've read, and it was ages ago, but I was devastated that the book ended because it was so beautifully unusual. Or maybe unusually beautiful. You tell me.

Reviewsbylola I have too many books that I remember nothing about. 😩😬 3y
katedensen @Reviewsbylola It's making me sad because I used to read 1-3 books a week, but I just went a whole month without picking one up 😔 3y
valeriegeary I think I read So Much Pretty a few years ago. I think...I don't really remember anything that happened in it though. 😑 3y
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RealLifeReading I read American Rust! But I don't remember what it's about. Probably that it's an American tool manual 3y
katedensen @RealLifeReading 😂😂 @valeriegeary Same!! (edited) 3y
Suet624 This post made me chuckle. Yup. Some books you just don't remember reading. 3y
katedensen @Suet624 I'm glad you got a giggle out of it! 3y
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ShannonOffDuty
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I feel like I've been intending to read this book since the 9th grade as it's been recommended to me for years. Well, I finally got around to it! I quite liked this book. Coelho's writing style is always light, yet profound. His stuff is always worth a read.

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ScottSays
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Haven't read a Coelho book for a bit. Let's see if I can get this done on three days!

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kmwiley2
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Reading this book I haven't read in many, many (many) moons. Some words ring more true now than they did when I first read this book.

#LitsyRiotLive #brlive

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Saryna
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da leggere

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amma-keep-reading
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another Paulo Coelho book filled with nuggets of wisdom. i can see why this particular subject matter can rub people the wrong way, therefore, i recommend reading ALL of his writing with an open mind and heart.

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marykatereads
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"We‘re allowed to make a lot of mistakes in our lives, except the mistake that destroy us."

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sharina
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"You are someone who is different, but you want to be the same as everyone else. And that, in my view, is a serious illness" - Dr Igor

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Booknerdmermaid

Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the centre of attention. Be brave enough to live different.