BOOK: JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL BY RICHARD BACH


ARE YOU READY TO SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY?

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The story of Jonathan is relatively simple, except for the lengthy explanations on speed, wingspan, curves and winds. Jonathan teaches us a couple of things about life;

  1. “Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight — how to get from shore to food and back again.  For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.” Eating is a way of survival. Flying though, is looking for something that you truly love, learning it and perfecting it. 
  2. ”He found that moving more than one feather at that speed will spin you like a rifle ball… and Jonathan had flown the first aerobatics of any seagull on earth” Jonathan taught us that to achieve excellence, you have to fail. Failure is inevitable. Failing not once, not twice, not thrice but constant mistakes should be encountered to reach excellence. But with each failure, each mistake that you experience, you learn a new lesson everyday. You learn one more thing that you should not do. You learn one more thing that you should avoid. Through this, you achieve excellence, you achieve perfection. 
  3. “I have no wish to be leader. I want only to share what I’ve found, to show those horizons out ahead for us all” The important thing is to be able to share to others what you know. It’s not that you know something, it is when others know what you know, that’s your legacy. 
  4. Jonathan Seagull discovered that “boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed. “
  5. “You must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.” It’s what you think of yourself that matters most. It’s your  thought that determines the outcome. If you already think that you’ve won, then you win.
  6. Everything that limits us, we must put aside.
  7. “Your limitations is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you will break the chains of your body too”.
  8. “Don’t believe what you’re eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly”

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly! 

LEARN: If you want something,make it happen.


If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

BOOK: TRUEST BY JACKIE LEA SOMMERS


Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

One, I love the personality of Silas Hart. He was witty, confident, charming and assuming all at the same time without being too much of everything. Two, I love how their friendship developed. Third, I love how this book is filled with characters that love to read books and quote poetry. Fourth, I also want to have my own Hagrid, my own Gordon, my own adult fan. Fifth, I want to have a secret place too, somewhere I can pour out my thoughts. I want my own bell tower. Sixth, I love how I was able to learn something new, a new disease. Seventh, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW THIS BOOK, THRU THE SICKNESS WILL MAKE ALL THE READERS THINK, WILL MAKE THE READERS QUESTION FAITH, DREAMING, FREEWILL AND LIFE ITSELF.

BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF A BOOK RIGHT?

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  • Poets are the acknowledged legilators of the world.
  • My heart turned a traitorous cartwheel.
  • He looked like an adventure with skin on.
  • Silas’ smile could have split the earth in two.
  • Your moods are kind of giving me a whiplash here.
  • Silas was the sun beside her sun.
  • But how do you unlock someone’s mind?
  • It’s just scary to be responsible for something so valuable.
  • I hadn’t known it would hit me like this. It’s like a baptism.
  • She had a permanent seat on an emotional roller coaster.
  • I wish this books were water, so I could take a bath in it. I want my toes pruny from it.
  • It’s just well, if we don’t have a choice, then we were made to screw up. But if we do have freewill, then it’s like we’re allowed to make bad decisions.
  • The good days, I swallow like grace on a spoon.
  • I have no solid outlines. I’m undefined.
  • You know, a truly bad poet wouldn’t know his poems are bad.
  • The girl is crazy. That’s the best kind.
  • DO YOU EVER THINK THE BAD GUYS REALLY THINK THEY’RE THE GOOD GUYS?
  • Our smile as big as the sun when it bursts over the horizon.
  • To value brokenness, just for the fixing.
  • A country without a memory is a country with madmen.
  • The most beautiful a swan sings is the one before it dies.

 

We’ll drive as far as we can and hitchhike the rest of the way. We won’t stop till we get to the beach. Somewhere near ruins. We’ll build a little hut roofed with thatch and get jobs at a local resort so that we can buy loads of books. And every night, we’ll watch the sunset turn everything to copper and then go to our little hut and make fun of the day.

CLIMAX COMES BEFORE THE RESOLUTION. How many times has the worst thing turned out to be necessary? Or even the best? Rescue wears masks, you know. It’s why people say it’s the darkest before the dawn. Sometimes things takes a long time to make sense. Could be years and years — or only a weekend. Or they might never makes sense. but the=at doesn’t mean you stop trusting that the world is being rescued.

 

BOOK: COLORLESS TZUKURU TAZAKI BY HARUKI MURAKAMI


It’s a story of a young man hunted by his great loss when he was in his teenage years when his four and only group of friends abandoned him all of a sudden. Now, boarding on his 40s, he struggles on staying in a relationship as he carries a hallowed heart all because of this abandonment.

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  • We’re going to win. The only question is how and by how much?
  • in the real world, we can’t always win. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
  • Like protecting a lit match, keeping it from blowing out in the wind.
  • He couldn’t strike a good balance between himself and the world around him.
  • ”I feel more often how dull and insignificant I am for other people. And for myself.”
  • You can hide memories. but you can’t erase the history that produced them.
  • There are certain thoughts that, no matter what, you have to keep inside.
  • Jealousy was the most hopeless prison in the world.
  • I THINK IT’S AN AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT TO FINS EVEN ONE SPECIFIC THING THAT YOU’RE INTERESTED IN.
  • Ideas are like beards. Men don’t have them until they grow up.
  • People whose freedom is taken away always end up hating somebody.
  • Everything has boundaries. You shouldn’t fear boundaries, but you should also should not be afraid of destroying them.
  • No matter how quiet and conformist a person’s life seems, there’s always a time in the past when they reached an impasse. A time they went a little crazy.
  • The world isn’t so easily turned upside down. It’s people who are turned upside down.
  • If talent’s the foundation you rely on, and yet it’s so unreliable that you have no idea on what’s going to happen to it next time, what meaning does it have?
  • Once you make the leap, there’s no need to prove it anymore. There’s no middle ground. You either take the leap or you don’t.
  • You need to live it to the fullest. No matter how shallow and dull things may get, this life is worth living.
  • ”I might have been afraid that if I really loved someone and needed her, one day she might suddenly disappear without a word, and I’d be left alone”.
  • At any rate, the urge was unstoppable, and ike a huge wave crashing over him, this urge engulfed him without warning.
  • ”I basically have nothing to offer to others. I don’t even have anything to offer myself.
  • It was sad to see what used to be so fundamental to our lives fade away, and disappear.
  • Once you get a good reputation, momentum will carry you.
  • Talent is like a container. You can work as hard as you want, but the size will never change.
  • She no longer had that burning something she used to have. That what had been remarkable about her had vanished.
  • It’s like youre standing on the deck of a ship at see at night, and suddenly you’re thrown overboard, alone, into the ocean.
  • As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves.
  • It’s when you can’t feel the pain anymore that you’re in real trouble.
  • Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect.
  • Does anybody know who they really are?
  • if something is important enough, a little mistake isn’t going to ruin it all, or make it vanish.BUT SUCH BLISS COULDN’T LAST FOREVER. AT SOME POINT, PARADISE WOULD BE LOST. THEY WOULD EACH MATURE AT DIFFERENT RATES, TAKE DIFFERENT PATHS IN LIFE. AS TIME PASSED, AN UNAVOIDABLE SENSE OF UNEASE WOULD DEVELOP AMONG THEM, A SUBTLE FAULT LINE, NO DOUBT TURNING INTO SOMETHING LESS THAN SUBTLE.

BOOK: SLAMMED by COLLEEN HOOVER


What is actually worse? Losing your dad and moving to another place, or losing your mom from a fight against cancer? There is no way you could choose right. But both happened to Layken. 

Layken lost her dad, having died of heart attack. They had to move because her family simply cannot afford to live there anymore. When they moved to Michigan, she met a boy and fell in love. Only to find out later, that he was his English Professor. As she tries to resist the brooding sexy professor, she also has to deal with the fact that her mother is terminally ill with Cancer. Will teaches her how to continue living and that poetry, expression through the use of words can simply be therapeutic.

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  1. You know a band has true talent when their imperfections define perfection.
  2. The slightest touch and simplest gestures have such an illicit effect on my senses
  3. The way these poets were able to lure you into a whole new world, viewing things from a vantage point you have never seen before.
  4. The door between us feels like barricade.
  5. But when he feelings are there, it can lift you up and take you anywhere.
  6. I wish I could find a way to let go of the hold he has on me.
  7. I’m not a fan of inconsistency.
  8. And exactly one million, fifty one thousand and two hundred minutes from now, I’m going to propose to you, and ask that you share all the rest of the rest the minutes of your life with me.
  9. I’ll paint you a world one day. A world where smiles don’t fade. A world where laughter is played in the background.
  10. It’s amazing how many tears one person can have.
  11. It was life. Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.
  12. The only thing any of us have in common is the inevitable.
  13. You’ll never be ready for it, Lake. You never will. (Death)
  14. Push your boundaries, Lake. That’s what they’re there for.
  15. Everyone assumes they have at least one more day.
  16. She was so full of life. So full and enthralled with a life that tried so hard to knock her down,
  17. He kisses me like he’s making up for an entire month of stolen kisses.
  18. That’s impossible Mom. You don’t know how to do terrible.
  19. It broke my heart that you needed him more than you needed me. (Mom)
  20. Decide what to be and go be it.
  21. Put emphasis on life.
  22. Sometimes life gets in the way. It gets all up in your damn way.
  23. Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.
  24. Never judge others. Unexpected events can change a person. You never know what a person is experiencing in their own life.\
  25. Question everything.People make spontaneous decisions based off of their hearts all the time.
  26. His fingertips feel like electric pulses penetrating my skin.

Interesting things: ‘I would rather’ game.

Layken’s mother taught her that before engaging into any relationship, she must ask these three questions which I am sharing with you now: Does he treat you with respect at all times? If he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, wold you still want to marry him? Does he inspire you to want to be a better person?

Has anyone of you ever read For One More Day of Mitch Albom? I remember that one of his points there was, ”When you lose your parents, it’s like you’re alone. and you will have to go through every battle alone”.
And that is exactly how it is. For me, I mean. My Mom, my mom is my rock.

It just pains me how Layken was dragged down to the blackhole when his father died. But the death of her mother? It just pushed her down back to the shit under the blackhole or farther, even. I could never imagine my life without my parents. And that’s the truth. And I don’t ever want to.

But there are also happy parts in this sad little story. There was a love interest, just like any other novel. The twist? Student – teacher relationship. I also admire how Will values his role in his little brother’s life. I respect him for putting his brother as his first priority.

Overall, I liked the story. It’s a good read too.

BOOK: FALLING INTO PLACE BY AMY ZHANG


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”If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir.”

The book is about counting the days before this teenager decides to take her fate in her own hands. Its quite disturbing and realistic. It’s sad how I think this is true about teenagers — a lot of them are depressed and to the act of suicide enters their young minds – that alone might get you to thinking, what could be the reason?

Some of the compelling lines – for me.

  1. Every action is an interaction, and everything she has ever done has led to something else.
  2. Our breaths carry our dandelion wishes higher, higher until they become the clouds we watch. Sometimes we looked for animals or ice-cream cones or angels, but today we only lie there with our plans together and our fingers tangle, and we dream.
  3. We wonder what lies beyond.
  4. There was something romantic about the idea of being young and tipsy and having somewhere to go on a friday night.
  5. They were interchangeable, these boys.
  6. She forgot, sometimes, that she could make her own choices.
  7. They came to make wishes on whatever was around – dandelions in the suer, red and falling leaves in autumn, snowflakes in the winter, sunshine in the spring.
  8. As though afraid that her trembling will start an earthquake, make the entire world crumble.
  9. Fragile as ice on an ocean.
  10. It’s hard to lie wen the truth is lying infront of you.
  11. There is little stability where she stands.
  12. She had a laugh like knife on skin.
  13. She lies in the darkness, surrounded by pillows and an impossible amount of fear.
  14. She was a force to be noticed.
  15. It made the whole world dissolve and scatter around her like petals.
  16. Regret grows and grows until it’s almost a tangible thing that she can rip out and bury.
  17. She’s not good with debate. She just happens to like arguing, and she has an incredible talent for making others look stupid.
  18. Funny things, aren’t they? People. They’re so limited.They only believed in what they could see. Apperances were all that mattered.
  19. The sun shouldn’t be allowed to shine.
  20. A spell too weal to make the world spin backwards.
  21. She needed a window, because she had broken her hear throwing it at locked doors.
  22. She was wholly addicted to the adrenaline.
  23. Some things fall apart for better things could fall together.
  24. The rain was warm and smelled of beginnings.
  25. I wish second chances were real.
  26. We are blurs of emotion. We are racing, and we are both winning. because we are not racing each toher. We race the world and as fast as it rotates, as fast as it revolves, we are faster.
  27. They started thins that  grew into other things, that were much greater than themselves.
  28. Everyday is a blank page and your story has yet to be written.
  29. Everyone wears masks.
  30. Because no one is strong enough to hold back so many tears.
  31. It simply didn’t mater what others thought, that it was what I thought of myself that mattered most.
  32. Our laughter floated into the sky. We were happy, and the world was wide.
  33. She lives in a world made entirely of sky.

BOOK: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING BY ROBYN SCHNEIDER


Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

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  1. Life is the tragedy
  2. Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring
  3. If everything really does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.
  4. She tasted like buried treasure and swing sets and coffee. She tasted the way fireworks felt, like something you could get close to but never really have just for yourself.
  5. I wondered what things what things became when you no longer needed them, and I wondered what the future would hold once we’d gotten past our personal tragedies and proven them ultimately survivable.
  6. “The funny thing about gold is how quickly it can tarnish
  7. The way I figured it, keeping quiet was safe. Words could betray you if you choose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many.
  8. The world tends toward chaos, you know
  9. It was like the part of me that had enjoyed those friends had evaporated, leaving behind a huge, echoing emptiness, and I was scrabbling on the edge of it, trying not to fall into the hole within myself because I was terrified to find out how far down it went.
  10. You can always tell when it’s Friday. There’s an excitement specific to Fridays, coupled with relief that another week has passed.
  11. She was achingly effortless, and she would never, in a million years, choose me. But, for the next few minutes, I contented myself with the magnificent possibility that she might.
  12. She was so gorgeous that it hurt.
  13. I’m not certain I can pinpoint the exact moment when i became irreparably different.
  14. Just once, I wan someone to be afraid of losing me.
  15. Not all nice things have happy endings.
  16. We’re like positively charged molecule, the rate we’re attracting tragedy.
  17. We move through each other’s ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed.

THOUGHTS: Messing things up.


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“You know, I always thought, ‘Man, I hope I don’t mess this up.’ Because that’s what I do; I mess things up. But you know what I never thought? I never thought ‘I hope this doesn’t mess me up.’”—Unknown

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I saw this on facebook, and i thought, ‘woah’. That happens more than we can consciously remember.

MOVIE: BEST OF ME


Think of it as the Notebook with a very minimal twist but with the same gruesome ending. As others have observed, you can always expect someone dead by the end of the story if it was written by Nicholas Sparks.

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Okay, so same with the Notebook, the movie Best of Me is a love story that started out as two high school students fell in love with each other, the lady grew up in a wealthy family, the boy in a troubled family. The wealthy father offers a sum of money to the boy to leave his daughter because poor, troubled boys do not mix well with their rich, sophisticated daughters. The dismay and disapproval of the parents was carried by the daughters until the girl finally has another life. Boy meets Girl again after several years and they both tried to relive the love that was abandoned. They live on a fantasy temporarily, went back to their present life and then some tragedy happens at the end.

So what do I like about the movie?

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  1. The girl was wearing nothing but dresses.
  2. The girl was the first one to make a move. – and it’s not so bad. Why do people judge a girl who makes the first move and call her out as promiscuous? Double Standards again.
  3. Dates are always involves nature and not malls or technology.—unlike today’s time where watching movies in big theatre malls with lazy boys was a thing. (as in the movie, afternoons would be spending time at the park, oversee the lake, cook dinner, dance in the livingroom or just talk in the bench outside the house)
  4. They have a secret spot above the water storage tank, and it’s their world and just theirs alone.
  5. The kindness and generous accommodation of the old man to strangers to the point of providing for his shelter, clothing, allowance and an abundance of love.
  6. The IT girl finally was in her right mind to finally be attracted to a man who has brains and not just some jock.

and what are the quote worthy lines?

  1. “That’s why I loved being with you. We could do the simplest things, like toss starfish into the ocean and share a burger and talk and even then I knew that I was fortunate. Because you were the first guy who wasn’t constantly trying to impress me. You accepted who you were, but more than that, you accepted me for me. And nothing else mattered– not my family or your family or anyone else in the world. It was just us.”
  2. Don’t take my advice. Or anyone’s advice. Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or unhappy, it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to you.
  3. “Life was messy. Always had been and always would be and that was just the way it was, so why bother complaining? You either did something about it or you didn’t, and then you lived with the choice you made
  4. There’s a lot of magic between you too, ain’t no denying that. And magic makes forgettin’ hard.
  5. I want to wake up with you beside me in the mornings. I want to spend my evenings looking at you across the dinner table. I want to share every mundane detail of my day with you and hear every detail of yours. I want to laugh with you and fall asleep with you in my arms.
  6. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as happy as I did that day, but then again, it was always like that when we were together. I never wanted it to end
  7. The truth is, the world isn’t easy for any of us. It never has been and it never will be.
  8. Everyone makes mistakes, even if some are worse than others. Accidents happen
  9. but then life had a way of stamping out that intensity of passion; she’d learned all too well that love wasn’t always enough.
  10. “You’ll make mistakes and struggle like everyone, but when you are with the right person, you’ll almost perfect joy, like you are the luckiest person who ever lived. And that means you’ll love and be loved…and in the end, nothing else really matters.
  11. Now it was coming to an end, and it was like he was watching the last flicker of light wink out in the darkness of an endless tunnel.
  12. memories are funny things. Sometimes they’re real, but other times they change into what we want them to be.

This though is one of the feel-good movies when you just want to curl in the couch and eat some popcorn on a lazy weekend. 😀

MOVIE: STUCK IN LOVE


From IMDB, An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

The writer was left by his wife who remarried to a younger guy. It’s been three years and he’s still waiting for her to come back. Occasionally stalking her in random places or the most often place is outside the window at her new house. They have two children, namely Samantha who’s cynical, afraid to fall in love and who doesn’t believe in marriage because of her parents. She hates her mom the most because of what happened to their family. But ended up falling for a guy who’s also a hopeless romantic much just like her brother. And Rusty who is secretly in love with Kate never had the courage to speak to her.

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First  of all, I love how close their family is! I love how Sam can blurt out and tell his dad that she knows the he has a fuck buddy. I love how open the dad is when he finds out that Rusty has already been sleeping with Kate, his new girlfriend. I love how Rusty can casually ask her sister if she wants to smoke some weed on the roof. There’s a lot of ‘love’ there, huh?

Second, they’re all right brained people! The three of them are writers and the mom is a painter. Family Fan Alert! :))

Third, Stephen King called Rusty! How mindblowing is that? To have someone you look up to so much,actually love your work? Oh man! How would that even feel? :))

  • Life is as meaningful as you fool yourself as to thinking it is.
  • Writers are the sum of their experiences.
  • Everytime I see her, I hear the beatles song.  (to have a guy feel about you how rusty feels for kate)
  • The scariest moment is always just before you start – Stephen King

I guess I’ll have to start buying Stephen King books. :)) Though every book seems to have a thousand or more pages. I have to get started!

BOOK: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU BY JONATHAN TROPPER


When I watched the movie’s trailer, I decided to read the book first before actually watching it.

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You know the movie? Well if you don’t you might want to click this link: this is where i leave you trailer

I would have probably killed my husband if he has been cheating on me. But this is not all about that. The book is about coming together as a family – all the bottled up emotions, hatred and all the secrets of a family.

Every family has a dysfunctional set up, it seems. We are all just good at hiding them and each of us deal with our family problems a little too differently. 

  1. Two people whose love became toxic, lobbing great regret grenades at each other.
  2. You get married to have an ally against your family.
  3. And where there was once the purest kind of love, there is now a snake pit of fury and resentment and a new dark and twisted love that hurts more than all the rest of it put together.
  4. I’ve never been shot, but this is probably what it feels like, that split second of nothingness, right before the pain catches up to the bullet.
  5. How the hell I could have been so damn oblivious.
  6. There’s nothing in life, really, to prepare you for the experience of seeing your wife have sex with another man.
  7. There would be a slew of painful questions that resolved nothing.
  8. I’d been forced into a movie, and there was nothing to do but follow the script.
  9. I was a whirling mass of outdated reflexes and violent impulses, and I had no idea what the hell I was supposed to do.
  10. A complete nervous breakdown was not out of the question.
  11. An irrevocable damage had been done, innocence had been lost and trust slaughtered, but still, it was the age old conundrum.
  12. My life was in a free fall and there was nowhere to turn.
  13. Rock bottom rose up to meet me.
  14. I feel his absence like a festering wound.
  15. At some point, you lose sight of your actual parents, you just see a basketful of history and unresolved issues.
  16. The first thing you do at the end is reflect on the beginning.
  17. But as you stand there shell-shocked in the charred ruins of your life, your mind will invariably go back to the time when it all started.
  18. You never forget your first time, no matter how much you’d like to.
  19. When does it all happen? In increments, so you can’t watch out for it, you can’t fix it.
  20. You learn not to think about what might have been, and to just appreciate what you have.
  21. It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.
  22. It’s just hard to see people from your past when your present is so catclysmically fucked.
  23. In real life, you don’t get to choose what you forget.
  24. Real life, it’s coming for us. Who knows where the hell we’ll end up?
  25. When you share all of the administrative headaches of life with someone else, small piles of unaddressed, quotidian resentments build up over time like plaque, lingering on the fringes of your consciousness even as you kiss, lick and fondle each other.
  26. Our minds, unedited by guilt or shame, are selfish and unkind, and the majority of our thoughts, at any given time, are not for public consumption, because they would either be hurful or else just makes us look like the selfih and unkind bastards we are. We don’t share our thoughts, we share carefully sanitized watered-down versions of them.
  27. You’ll never knoe if you keep indulging your hate and anger like the world owes you reparations.
  28. You’ll never know when it will be the last time. But if you could remember every last time, you’d never stop grieving.
  29. Never marry a beautiful woman. Worship them if you must, go to bed with them if you can – by all means, everyone should hava a carnal knowledge of physical perfection at least once in their life – but when it comes to marriage, it’s a losing proposition. You will never stop feeling like a gatecrasher at your own party. Instead of feeling lucky, you will spend your life on edge, waiting for the other stiletto to fall and puncture your heart like a bullet.
  30. I’m coming to the lonely conclusion that the only thing you can ever really know about anyone is that you don’t know anything abut them at all.
  31. We are ghosts, passing each other in a place, and it’s hard to say who pities whom more.
  32. The only thing more painful than not knowing is knowing.
  33. It’s a sad moment when you come to understand how truly replaceable you are.
  34. Even on the best of circumstances, there’s just something so damn tragic about growing up.
  35. That’s love in real life: messy and corrupt and completely unreliable.
  36. It would be nice to do that to just pick up from wherever you were that wasn’t working out for you and ride the winds to a better place.
  37. If only our conflicts could be resolved with a few grunts and a smack on the ass.
  38. Sometimes, contentment is a matter of will. You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you’ve lost.
  39. There’s that leap you have to take, to shed your inhibitions and expose your naked impulses.
  40. Life is huge, but it can turn on a dime.
  41. We all start so damn sure, thinking we’ve got the world on a string. If we ever stopped to think about the infinite number of ways we could be undone, wed never leave our bedrooms.
  42. You can doo everything right and still end up alone, watching time run off the clock.
  43. Don’t get old, kid. That’s where I went wrong.
  44. Our past trails behind us like a comet’s tail, the future stretched out before us like the universe. Things happen. People get lost and love breaks.
  45. It’s amazing how harmless the world can sometimes seem.

BOOK: NEVER NEVER BY COLLEEN HOOVER


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As I saw one line from a friend, I down loaded a copy.
It’s out of the ordinary — strange even. Good strange though. It’s irritatingly good that about 10 pages before the book ends, it makes me want to read it nonstop. and then, it ends.

The story of Charlie and Silas.
I’ll grasp at any piece of her that might convince me I’m not losing my mind.
She’s beautiful but in a shameful way.
Everything about her is captivating, like the aftermath of a storm.
She smiles like she has one of my secrets.
Her eyes are like two open books and I suddenly want to devour every page.
Her endearment is full of sarcasm.
I’m lost in her.
uneasiness takes over inside of me, pumping through my veins until it settles in my heart.
I think if you cheat, it should be with someone worthy of your sin.
His photos pack a punch – just like his words.
Her eyes are screaming a thousand things.
My only familiar thing in a world of inconsistency and confusion.
You have no idea how many times a day I think about invading your body.
All my pieces and parts are going to fit into all your pieces and parts.
I can’t stop the stupid smile plastered across my face.
You feeling it yet? Do i make your heart go pitter patter?
I swallow what feels like three entire heartbeats. And I wonder if he always had this effect on me?

What the Hell Hoover? Release the next book already!
Love, Venice.

BOOK: THE GREAT GATSBY BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD


I finished reading this in a month. And that alone tells me, it did not hypnotize me all too well as I thought it would.
The only possible reason why I kept reading is because I consider this as one of the more familiar and popular
reads.
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So I’ll just list down all my highlighted notes in my copy.

1.         Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the poeple in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
2        . For the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiartisic and marred by obvious oppressions.
3.         A sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
4.         If personality us an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one
        of this intricate machines that register earthquales ten thousand miles away.
5.         I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
6.         Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out of a cheerful word.
7.         The world concealed something – most affections conceal something eventually, even though they don’t in the beginning.
8.         There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
9.         Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch, she blossommed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
10.         Thirty – the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm and thinning hair.
11.         She was feeling the pressure of the world outside, and she wanted to see him and feel his presence beside her and reassured that she was doing the right thing after all.

12.         You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.
13.         Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he’s dead.
14.         Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.
15.         So we beat on, boat against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

BOOK: STARGIRL BY JERRY SPINELLI


And I read the book in two days! You should definitely read this one.

The book celebrates Individuality.

1. She showed up something outrageous. A 1920s dress, An Indian Buckskin, A Kimono, A denim skirt with green stockings, A stockings with enamel ladybug and butterfly, and A floor-brushing skirt.
2. She serenaded someone everyday with a ‘Happy Birthday’ song using her Ukulele.
3. While everyone ran to go inside, Stargirl was out in the field, dancing in the rain.
4. She greeted each and everyone with a smile in the hallways, in the classrooms, even the students she doesn’t know.
5. She doesn’t wear make up.
6. She screamed at the top of her lungs.

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We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not get past ”weird” and ”strange” and ”goofy”. Her ways knocked us off balance.

Why can’t she be like everybody else?
Whose affection do you value more? hers or others?

Of all the unusual features of stargirl, this struck me as the most remarkable. Her bad things did not stick  to her. Our bad things stuck very much to her. If we were hurt, if we were unhappy or otherwise victimized by life, she seemed to know about it, and to care as soon as we did. But bad things falling on her – unkind words, nasty stares and foot blister – she seemed unaware of. I never see her look in the mirror, never heard her complain at all. All of her feelings, all of her attentions flowed outward. She had no ego.

In our minds, we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.
We held back. Because she was different. Different. We had no one to compare her to, no one to measure her against. She was unknown territory. Unsafe. We were afraid to get close.
She is us more than we are us. She is, I think who we really are. Or were.
Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.

It was a rebellion she led. A rebellion for rather than against. For ourselves.
The once amorphous student body separate itself into hundreds of individuals.

BOOK THOUGHTS: SMILE – YOU CAN DO IT BY JOHN MASON


It was only a sunny smile,

But it scattered the night.

Though little it cost in giving,

It made the day worth living.

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An excerpt from the book, ”You can do it. Even if others say you can’t” by John Mason.

A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable. — Moshe Waldoks. A smile is a powerful weapon. It can break the ice in tough situations. It will help you keep a proper perspective in life.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.