From ‘The Alchemist’ to ‘Blink’: Books that Kobe Bryant loved to read
In addition to his basketball career, which includes five NBA titles, Kobe Bryant wanted to be remembered as a storyteller and as a businessman.
Bryant told The Washington Post in November, just months before his death on Jan. 26, that he wanted to be known “as a person that was able to create stories that inspired their children and families to bond together.”
Bryant also loved to read others’ storytelling. Throughout his career, he referenced books that had made an impact on him. To honor Bryant, Los Angeles Public Libary compiled a list of books Bryant has recommended over the years. Los Angeles librarian Keith Kesler says he combed through old interviews and social posts from the basketball legend to find the list.
Here are some of those books:
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
“The Alchemist” tells the magical story of Santiago, a shepherd boy in search of a treasure buried near the pyramids, who along the way, discovers the power of listening to one’s heart and following their dreams.
Bryant read the book so many times he recommended it to other NBA players, according to The Athletic.com, and set up a meeting with Coelho to collaborate on a children’s book.