TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2015
I remember back to primary school being voted in the student council ....once in we were able to nominate the position we wanted to hold. I think it I was pretty much pegged and a shoo in to pick a sporting role but instead I opted for library councillor .... yes insert silence or gasp here bit of a shock to myself on reflection !! Even long before this event I've had a love of books maybe some influence from my mum and the pine rivers shire library, I'd love to say I was as good a member as I was a lover of books but that would be a lie.
Over the past couple of months any spare chance I've had my head has been in a book not in the clouds, I'd normally opt for something dark and thrilling but have been reading a broad spectrum of genres from coffee table books to self help (ooops am I supposed to admit that I was even in that section....lol) I thought I'd share some worthwhile reads with you It's really an eclectic bunch but it's good to open your mind to something different hopefully there is something in here that might spark some interest.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - JOHN GREEN
PLOT The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.
WHY I PICKED IT UP NY Times Best Seller
MY THOUGHTS I found this really good writing rather than painting a black cloud over the subject of cancer the writer makes you invest in the characters and their story of love and the unique way of looking at their life struggles. Although at times it seems too advanced for 16 year olds to be grasping their disease and speaking such profound statements I still enjoyed this different perspective. The writing of this book is something I will remember ... warning it is a tearjerker.
Little did I also know this has been made into film and was released last year - something I'm going to have to check out for sure.
'That's the think about pain. It demands to be felt.”
'My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war with a predetermined winner and I'm ok with that”
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE - OPRAH WINFREY
PLOT ; A collection of essays written by Oprah from her column in O magazine bound together and revised in hardcover
WHY I PICKED IT UP Recommended by a friend
MY THOUGHTS By far this is my favourite book of the lot one I will return to it time and time again. This is not a novel by any means it is more of a mini bible - a bible in 200+ pages. I never know the power that was Oprah until I read this book she just became so profound to me. I sped read this book cover to cover very easily with plenty of thought provoking life lessons it's a good pick me up. It has chapters on gratitude joy possibility clarity and power with little stories on how to become your better self leaving you with a lot of food for thought and reflecting.
- “It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.”“Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”
- 'What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.'
WILD - CHERYL STRAYED
PLOT - A Chronicle of one women's 1,100 mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe
WHY I PICKED IT UP - You might be aware it's a current movie I wanted to watch the movie but am a believer of reading the book first.
MY THOUGHTS I think this books underlying message of personal growth hit home more for me than the hike itself. This is self written and I love how brutally honest the author is of her flawed character. I cringed at her choices but the writing is so real I felt I really invested in her and her roller coaster journey that was the trail. An incredible story and feat for an amateur and an account of real hardships but it will have you cheerleading her victorious homecoming. I love a feel good ending (sorry for the spoiler) ... I can't wait to see the movie I think the scenery and landscapes will have more impact in film so roll on 17th March (release date) The book left me wanting to know more about her life after the trail.... maybe part 2 ??
- "It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.
- It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
AM MALALA - MALALA YOUSAFAZI
PLOT A Memoir of the youngest recipient of the Nobel Piece Prize - Her Story.
WHY I PICKED IT UP - Saw her being interviewed on CNN intrigued to know more about her story
MY THOUGHTS What an inspirational read What I was most shocked to learn of was the reality and current state of Pakistan in particular daily life and it's challenges especially for women. It made me feel immensely lucky to live in a place were women have a voice and choices. This book truly reinforces why she is deserving of her accolades in her determination to bringing women's rights to education to the forefront and making the world a better place for it. Although this story is much about Malala I have to say the fight is alive also in her father from which I see the the root of her beliefs were sewn from. You'll be in awe of this 16 year olds character and courage in the fight for a basic human right I was.
BOOK QUOTES / PASSAGES
- "I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."
- 'Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
- "I don't want to be thought of as the "girl who was shot by the Taliban" but the "girl who fought for education." This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”
HOW TO BE PARISIAN - SOPHIE MAS AUDREY DIWAN CAROLINE DE MAIGRET ANNE BEREST
A super easy and really funny read whilst we are all intrigued about the effortlessness of french women the book portrayed more than a how to be but more of an inside look into the lives of Parisian women. I came out feeling they are more complicated insecure and independent than I realised. But for sure along the way were some great fashion and beauty tips and dinner party recipes I am willing to try they also make fun of their snobbery and wit all in a charming and self assured way.
This did prove to be a good coffee table book as it's light with bullet points short passages & small chapters accompanied by tres bonne pictures. Currently sitting on my study desk.
WHY I PICKED IT UP - Read good reviews, Looking for a good coffee table book
- “Either go all gray or no gray hair. Salt and pepper is for the table.”
- “It is almost impossible to resolve the great mystery of what is natural. Because, in fact, nothing is natural. Parisiennes will have you believe that they are born with perfect skin and delightfully messy hair. That from the cradle onward they exude a scent worthy of Chanel N°5. That these ‘natural’ attributes are a heritage that cannot be explained. They are lying.”
BRAIN RULES FOR BABY - JOHN MEDINA
PLOT Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops and what you can do to optimize it.
WHY I PICKED IT UP - Recommended in an online article
MY REVIEW This is not a book I would normally go for (I actually was looking for potting training in one day )and came across this find I am usually opposed to any science I couldn't even light the bunsen burner in high school but I picked it up and loved the vibe of the first page (good impression). Its factual without going to far over your head with fascinating and funny storytelling to accompany the proven scientific evidence that plays a role in raising a child. It answers some interesting questions and also provides some advice you could try but mostly I think it provides some comic relief and reinforces the important balance of nature and nurturing your child.
- I've go to learn not to be so crude when I get home I was bitching to Shellie on the phone after work about how much of a pain in the butt my boss is. A few minutes later I smelled diaper cream then felt someone trying to lift up my skirt. My dear 2 yr old daughter had opened the tube and was trying to smear it on my backside. What in the world are you doing? She said Nothing mummy. It's for the pain in your butt!!
- Having a first child is like swallowing an intoxicating drink made of equal parts joy and terror chased with a bucketful of transitions nobody ever tells you about.