Rachel Charlene Lewis
August 07, 2016 6:42 am
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Nothing says summer quite like lazing around with your favorite book or, (more realistically) scanning the pages as fast as you can during your commute (hooray for public transportation!). The best way to read, though, is to take time to really indulge in a wonderful world that inspires you, and OITNB actress Uzo Aduba can definitely attest to that. She’s so into her fave book that she’s on her third read! There’s seriously nothing better than loving a book so much you can read it again, and again, and again.

So what’s her favorite read?

Her caption explains, “The Alchemist. One of my all-time favorite books. I’m reading it for the third time and I’m still in love.”

Written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, this novel is a *huge* hit around the world. It’s been translated into over 67 languages, has sold more than 65 million copies, and achieved the major goal of setting the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author. Just…wow.

What is it about The Alchemist that makes it Aduba’s go-to?

She writes, “This book by Paulo Coelho is one that I pick up when going through a life transition– always a new gem to be found. I believe this is a book that finds you. It found me, and I’ve been grateful ever since.”

We love everything about this. Books are such an incredible way for us to continue to learn about ourselves, each other, and the world around us, and every read does feel like finding a new gem or bit of insight.

Her post was also for a good cause.

She added, “Learn more here: http://www.ed.gov/readwhereyouare”

#ReadWhereYouAre is a yearly campaign each August that kicks off the U.S. Department of Education’s annual call to action to encourage reading not just as an in-school activity, but as a part of our day-to-day lives. The campaign, which is a part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, is super easy to join. Share a photo of yourself reading (Hello, book selfie!) and use #ReadWhereYouAre.

We’re *so* about it.