So I thought that for my next “Zoë’s Book Club” I could do a recommended book from one of you guys. I know I personally love getting people to read my favorite books (and tweets tbh), and I know I’m not the only one! So what is a book that you would recommend that the whole world read? It can really be anyting.
A horror book
Even a ridiculess YA novel (my guilty pleasure)
So let me know! And we can share out thoughts and feelings on your favorite piece of literature! 🙂
Instead of going with a book I`ve never read before by an author I don`t know much of, i decided to go with a book by my favorite author, Cecelia Ahern, that has stuck with me ever since I read it as a young teenager. “Thanks for the memories”. Basically, I`ve been super busy lately, but also I genuinely want to share this amazing book with you!
A woman (Joyce) has a miscarriage when she falls down the stairs. Her life is saved by a blood transfusion. When she wakes up she suddenly has knowledge she never had before. Like architectural history and how to speak Italian. While in the midst of her divorce and sorrow she keeps running in to a (handsome) american (Justin). They seem to be drawn to each other and are in actuality tied by a magical connection.
My favorite character in this book is Joyce`s father. This is because he loves her so much and keeps supporting her in everything she does even though he is sort of confused and scared. The relationship between him and his daughter is also adorable. The “father-with-dementia” concept is in no way a new one, but it`s usually just downright sad. Here I felt he was much more layered and not just an object of pity, but rather a support and with a good sense of humor.
“I’m never overwhelmed or under it either; just nicely whelmed. I’m OK. Nothing spectacular but sometimes special. I look in the mirror and see this medium average person. A little tired, a little sad, but not falling apart.”
When the hairdresser says she can`t possibly cut off all that long gorgeous hair, and Joyce is like “sure you can, just like this” and takes the scissor and cut`s it off herself.
Three life lessons:
Memories aren’t just moments, they`re parts of us. And that no matter what happens, we can find the strength to move on and make new ones.
If you aren`t happy with something, then change it. it`s never to late to make life changes and do what`s best for you.
As always is Cecelia Aherns books, that there is some magic in the world. Not fairies and unicorns, or anything like that. But deja vu`s and insane amounts of everyday beauty, and maybe even soulmates.
A solid 4/5 stars.
It`s so beautiful and the charcters are great, but it is slightly to fairytale-ish.
So I probably should have posted this on March eight, but I guess it`s never a wrong time to throw a little feminism in people’s faces. So here is a lighthearted poem I have written and the treatment of women in society in the impossible standards we are held to. Don`t worry, it`s short and chill.
I`ve noticed that many of my readers are into literature and the written forms of art. Since this is also a really big part of my own personality and I love reading books, I thought it would be pretty cool to choose a new book every fourteen days to read and review (in a non-boring, non-high school curriculum sort of way). Hopefully others will also join in on the discussion. And who knows, maybe this will finally be the year where we cross of all those to-read books of our lists?
For my first book I`m thinking either “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron or “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut.
What do you think?
And what are your thoughts on the idea in general?
I love poetry, and I tend to gravitate towards the darker poems. But not today! Today I have read through a bunch of festive christmas poems, and I have carefully selected the three that i would love to share with you 🙂
Okay, so a while back I found this poem, and I just havn`t been able to get it out of my head. It`s just so unique and beautiful and the vibes are 100 % amazing. So I thought I`d share it with you guys!
(you are what you eat)
she was referring to my coke and fries, but that night i ate a dandelion salad, no dressing.
the next day: nectar and rose petals for breakfast; my parents don’t ask questions, you know how teenage girls are these days.
at lunch, i ask for water in a glass, no ice; i eat it all and delight in my newfound transparency, the way i flow and ebb back and forth.
i eat feathers for dinner and you hold me so i don’t get carried off by the breeze. i swallow a firefly by accident and glow all night long.
(maybe tomorrow, i think i’ll drink the wind and disappear)
I`m always interested in hearing some opinions, and admittedly, gaining some statistics, because yes, I`m a nerd. So having just posted my personal favorite quotes, I thought I would hear what you find preferable in this area, and who knows, maybe I`ll post some more later on. So here goes.
As a self-proclaimed writer, I place words above all other art forms, although I absolutely enjoy and adore other forms of art, particularly photography and ballet. It`s just that nothing really sticks with me in the way words do. I can forget what I had for breakfast 30 minutes ago, but I always remember where I was when I first read an iconic chapter in a great book. I have also found that the more poetry I write, the deeper my appreciation for short and concise wording grows. I absolutely love quotes because they`re so easy to remember and often super relatable or beautiful (sometimes even both) and judging on social media, many others love them as well! Therefore, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. So here is a collection of 62 quotes. Some are beautiful, some are funny, some are political and some are just straight up relatable (see number 12). Happy reading!
“God gave us memory so that we may have roses in December” J.M Barrie
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”
“Rise and rise again. Until lambs become lions”. Maitreya The Friend of All Souls, The Holy Book of Destiny
“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” J.M Barrie, Peter Pan
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” Oscar Wilde
“Who we pretend to be, we are” Kurt Vonnegut
“I believe in pink” Audrey Hepburn
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” Oscar Wilde
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marilyn Monroe
“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” How do you know I’m mad?” “You must be, or you wouldn’t have come here.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint Lauren
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort” Jane Austen
“The person, be it a gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
“If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn`t exist”, The Usual Suspects (altered from the Bible)
“”What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” Erin Hanson
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” Winnie The Pooh
““I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” Neil Gaiman
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever” Walt Disney
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Coco Chanel
“All the world`s a stage” William Shakespeare
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
“My life is my message” Mahatma Gandhi
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.” Ray Bradbury
“I am a deeply superficial person” Andy Warhol
“Life is too short to blend in” Paris Hilton
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.” Betsy Johnson
“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” J.M Barrie
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” The Emperor, Mulan
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams
“Only you can control your future” Dr. Seuss
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” Sylvia Plath
“I am my own muse” Frida Kahlo
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.” Gloria Steinem
“Boldness be my friend” William Shakespeare
“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one” Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S Lewis
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” Coco Chanel
“To destroy is always the first step in any creation” e.e. cummings
“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” Gloria Steinem
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde
“Gods always love the people who make em.” Zora Neale Hurston
“It’s all make believe, isn’t it?” Marilyn Monroe
“It`s always tea-time” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Oscar Wilde
“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” Mark Twain
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Lord Byron
“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” Robert Frost
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain
“Time spent with cats is never wasted” Sigmund Freud
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant” Dr. Seuss
“Arrogance is in everything I do.” Coco Chanel
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Unknown
“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” William Blake
“I call everyone ‘Darling’ because I can’t remember their names.” Zsa Zsa Gabor
““A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” Coco Chanel
So what do you think? Did you love them? Hate them? Are there any you would add? Please let me know in the comments! J