Quote of the Week

There is no such thing as bad people.

We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.

Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us

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Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.

-Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.

-J.R.R. Tolkien

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It’s all quite simple really: the more hate you hold in your heart, the less room there is for love. 

-Beau Taplin

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Do not regret growing older. 

It is a privilege denied to many.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

I’m back! After a two-month reading hiatus, I’m glad I’m starting to get back on track. I planned to read 25 books this year and so far, I’ve only finished 7 until early March. I’ve finished my 8th book just yesterday and I think I can focus on my reading once again.

So, for my 8th book:

harry august

This was recommended to me by a friend in Goodreads and I’m glad to have found a copy of it online. 🙂

This book is about Harry August, a man called a kalachakra – a person reborn over and over at the same point in time with all his knowledge of his previous lives still intact giving him a chance to avoid his mistakes in the past and make or build a better understanding of the past, present or future.

On Harry’s eleventh life, however, while on his deathbed (again), a girl came to him and warned him that the world is ending. And this is where the real story kicked in.

Though time travel isn’t really a brand new concept nowadays, it being my first of its kind is probably why I enjoyed this book. The author also covered a lot of interesting themes such as living a good or bad life, doing what is right or wrong, technological advances and its effect in our daily lives, etc.

I’m happy I’ve read this book ending my reading hiatus, it leaves me thinking about how we can give life more meaning.

Quotable Quotes:

“I know now that there is something dead inside me though I cannot remember exactly when it died.”

“You know everyone breaks, Harry. Everyone.”

“Our actions… matter. We have a responsibility to consider the small as well as the big, merely because that is what the whole world around us, a world of conscious, living beings, must exist upon. We are not gods, and our knowledge does not grant us the authority to play the same. That’s not… not the point of us.”

“But in the name of progress we have eaten our souls up, and nothing else matters to us anymore.”

“The secret to being unafraid of the darkness is to challenge the darkness to fear you, to raise your eyes sharp to those few souls who stagger by, daring them to believe that you are not, in fact, more frightening than they are.”

Rating : 4/5 stars

Quote of the Week

Silence isn’t empty,

it’s full of answers.

Quote of the Week

Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s OK.

-Unknown

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If you are not crazy, I mean absolutely crazy about what you love, then I beg you, either find a way to be insanely crazy about it or throw it away. 

You were not born with half an ass human, therefore, you have no right to half-ass the intensity in which you love. 

– Christopher Poindexter

Quote of the Week

Sometimes it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.

Quote of the Week

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

-Rick Warren

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Pain doesn’t show up in our lives for no reason. 

It’s a sign that something in our lives needs to change. 

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Your first kiss isn’t as important as your last. The math test really didn’t matter. The pie really did. The stuff you’re good at and the stuff you’re bad at are just different parts of the same thing. Same goes for the people you love and the people you don’t—and the people who love you and the people who don’t. The only thing that mattered was that you cared about a few people. Life is really, really short.

-Ethan Wate

Quote of the Week

Memories warm you up in the inside. But they also tear you apart.

-Haruki Murakami

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I would have finished this book in one sitting but a lot of things got in the way. Thankfully, I’m almost settled already and I was finally able to finish it a couple of days back. So… Anna and the French Kiss. Sweet, cute and funny read. Learned a lot about Paris and the French. It started off slow and  at some point, I felt like I might be too old for this book but I enjoyed my high school life and everyone’s got their own high school drama and so I went on.

Etienne St. Clair is a new favorite character. I didn’t enjoy Anna’s character at first but it got better towards the end. All the characters are believable so I think that’s what I like the most about this book. (Though I doubt there’s still a lot of Etienne out there!)

I did have some problems about this book but I liked it. The book was too predictable for me but it’s okay. There were parts where I found it too immature but then, it’s written for the younger crowd, and it’s pretty normal anyway to act immature when you’re young. 🙂

By the way, I liked Stephanie Perkins’ writing style.

Favorite quotes:

“So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Someone I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have?”

“Girl scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.”

“Why is it that the right people never wind up together? Why are people so afraid to leave a relationship, even if they know it’s a bad one?”

“There’s only one thing I don’t love about him. Her.”

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we’re finally home.”

Rating : 4/5 American-British-French stars!

Quote of the Week

Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. 

Buddha

Quote of the Week

But life isn’t something that should be edited. Life shouldn’t be cut. The only way you’ll ever discover what it truly means to be alive and human is by sharing the full experience of what it means to be human and each blemish and freckle that comes with it.

-Iain Thomas

A Reason for Everything

remember these words. let them fill your mind and soak into your thoughts. there is a reason for everything.:

Found this and thought it would be nice to share to everyone. Everything happens for a reason. 

Happy weekend, homo sapiens! 

Quote of the Week

Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still. 

Haruki Murakami

Quote of the Week

Sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value.

Quote of the Week

Thank GOD for people that remain kind even when the world is not kind with them. 

-Unknown

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Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

-Oprah Winfrey

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You should not have to rip yourself into pieces to keep others whole. 

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Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

– Mandy Hale

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Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.

-Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

– John Green, Looking for Alaska

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The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.

It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances. 

-Unknown

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“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

-Scott Hamilton

Book #44 – 2015 Reading Challenge – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Life is what you make of it and Book #44 in my 2015 Reading Challenge made me realize to start making more of mine…

This book really hits you in the heart. Total tearjerker. It’s an amazing story about life and death and love and everything in between. It made me laugh but it also made me cry.

Will Traynor (Oh, Will!!!) and Lou Clark are very likable characters, unlikely but interesting pair brought together by circumstance. I really enjoyed how their relationship changed and grew because it’s very realistic.

The controversial issue of euthanasia was very carefully dealt with by Ms. Moyes in this novel. I already had an opinion about this topic even before I knew about this book and that still hasn’t changed. I strongly believe that a person with a fatal illness/disease or something like Will’s has the right to choose to die in their own terms. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m entitled to my own opinion, let me know yours in the comment section. I’d love to hear them.) It was very dramatic how Ms. Moyes presented this issue up to the later part of this book, making Lou look for every possible way to let Will change his mind, keeping her hopeful and letting her be more attached to him. Little does she know that Will had firmly made his decision.

This story will definitely stay with me for a long time and continue to reflect/contemplate about it. I don’t know how it’s like to live a life being once a man-of-the-world suddenly turned into a quadriplegic where you have to live the rest of your life in a wheelchair but somehow, the author managed to make us feel that while reading this book. It leaves me with sadness but inspires me to step back a little and have a look at my own life.

If you haven’t read this book, do yourself a favor… Read —  and feel it — because sometimes, six months can be the best six months of your life.

Favorite quotes : “Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

“…I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.”

“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life — or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window — is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”

“I am conscious that knowing me has caused you pain, and grief, and I hope that one day when you are less angry with me and less upset you will see not just that I could only have done the thing that I did, but also that this will help you live a really good life, a better life, than if you hadn’t met me.”

Rating : 5/5 heartbreakingly beautiful stars

Things that Make Me Happy

Everyone in this whole wide world has something, big or small, that makes them happy. Money, shoes, bags, food, people, etc. My idea of happiness is simple and usually, it’s the small things that actually gives me joy. And as I grow older, these small things are actually the big things and maybe that’s why these things made me happy then and still makes me happy now.

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  1. A good book
  2. Tennis
  3. Adventures/Traveling and learning other cultures
  4. Happy tears
  5. Inside jokes with family/friends
  6. Old couples still madly in love with each other
  7. A kiss on the forehead (It’s the most respectful kiss, I think)
  8. Being married
  9. Morning fog (I miss this)
  10. When someone remembers the things you say (and when someone remembers my birthday not because they saw it on Facebook)
  11. When love works in other people
  12. When I/someone is excited and can’t stop smiling
  13. When people leave (You know, like clouds, when they’re gone, it’s a brighter day!)
  14. Long walks
  15. Songs that make you reminisce
  16. Starry nights
  17. Knowing/discovering things for the first time
  18. Finding things you thought you’ve lost
  19. Memories
  20. Daydreaming
  21. Sleeping in your bed after being away
  22. Shy smiles 🙂
  23. Hugs
  24. Karaoke/Videoke
  25. Hanging out with friends
  26. The sound of rain and thunder
  27. Sleepovers
  28. Thrift shops
  29. Receiving hand-written letters (Which almost doesn’t happen anymore)
  30. Not coming home until early hours

There are a lot more things that make me happy and my list could go on forever but I’ll leave it with these few. How ’bout you? What brings you joy?

Thanks for reading, you just made me happy! 🙂