We had a favorite books thread a year ago. Glad it came up again. Alchemist is an excellent book, and both my kids loved it too.
Will keep Being Happy in mind BlueEyz
Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Aaron Ralston ... A true story which happened in the Rocky Mtns only a few yrs ago. A compelling model for us all with regards to the strength of one's will to survive.
I love the fact that you're recommending books like the Alchemist. It may not look like it's worth the read, but I recommend "Being Happy" by Andrew Matthews -- he's a cartoonist with what turns out to be an uncanny wisdom about the fact that happiness is a conscientious decision we make.