Ten Reasons Why I Love Reading

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It’s calming.
It’s quiet.
It’s easy to concentrate.
It’s like dreaming while awake.
It’s a guiltless delight.
It’s like munching a calorie-less cake.
It’s sleep-inducing.
It’s detoxifying.
It’s poetically inspiring.
It’s just… the best thing.

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

June 7: Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre.

P.S. Why do you love reading? Do we have the same reasons? Let me know!:)

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YA Series that Made Me Quit Dystopia Genre

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No bad blood, just honesty,
I used to love these books, wholeheartedly.
After jaw dropping first books,
followed by ‘okay’ second books,
series finale always give me
a disappointed look.

Instead of ranting, let’s now reveal
the series with great beginnings,
and disappointing endings
that made me quit reading
YA dystopia genre.

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)

I do love the first and second book but I don’t like the ending.

Divergent Series by Veronica RothDivergent (Divergent, #1)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Like Hunger Games, the first and second book are great. BUT the ending is just soooo heartbreaking. -_-

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld : Uglies (Uglies, #1)Pretties (Uglies, #2)Specials (Uglies, #3)Extras (Uglies, #4)

I read the first book and the DNF-ed the second book. I quit the entire series because I don’t like the characters, especially Tally.

The Selection Series by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)The Elite (The Selection, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)The Heir (The Selection, #4) and The Crown (The Selection, #5).

I LOVE, still love, the first three books but not the fourth one, because of Eadlyn, but I will still read The Crown. 😀

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

The first book is awesome, then the second is okay then the third… -_-

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

P.S. Do you agree or disagree with me? Either, please let me know. 🙂

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Ten Books I’m Glad I Picked on a Whim

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I am good in planning,
except when I’m reading,
sometimes I follow
where my mood is swinging,
and here are the books
I’m glad I picked on a whim.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go to Sleep

About: Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

About: Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

About: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits

About: If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony

About: Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.
Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

About: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus One

About: Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

About: In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.

As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide?

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

About: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

About: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 17: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

P.S. What one book would you add on this list?

Share it to me! 😀

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Writing Wells: People Behind My Words

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour


My mind’s once a desert,
barren and wordless,
until it found its oasis,
with these writing wells:

Personal and Lists Posts

Maya Angelou

Inspiration for: Agony (first post) and Ending Agony.

Mitch Albom

Inspiration forDear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*, Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThings I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom.

Nicholas Sparks

Inspiration forTen Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks, The Best Novels of Nicholas Sparks Part 1 and Part 2.

Fiction and Poetry

Jason Mraz

 

Inspiration for: First Time, My Soul Sings, Fixer.

Sara Bareilles

Inspiration for: Seasons: Epilogue (last part of my FIRST-ever fiction), Used To Be Mine, City Lights, Sweet Sun.

My Family

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Inspiration forTo my cook, hair cutter and one and only driver, Nanay, Mother’s ChoicesFirst Forever, Stead, Rainbow Roof, Six Sibs.

My Bestfriends

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Inspiration for: Soulmates.

My Dearest

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Inspiration for: Dearest, First Poem, A Senryu for MJ, Conversations, One, The Vow, Taught.

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The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.1– People Who Inspired You

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Jartagnan! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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Ten (plus 2!) Non-Book-Blogs Readers of Fiction and Poetry Will Surely Love

 

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I was once a reader,
a reader only.
I become a writer,
eventually.
I didn’t know I can,
until I knew these
brilliant ones.

Beautiful Words by Priceless Joy

  • A youthful woman who scribbles jaw-dropping fictions. She seldom breaks heart, she mostly melt them. She also host the awesome Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.
  • Need some proof? Read this one.

 

Clcouch123 by Christopher

  • A wise deep man who writes moving poetry.
  • Want to know him more? Check this out.

 

Doodles and Scribbles by Maria

  • A hopeless romantic writer who possess gift of writing heartwarming yet always relevant poems and tales.
  • Want to know her  more? Read this powerfully lovely poem.

 

Hookline and Inkwell by F.T. Ledrew

  • The King of breathtaking metaphors, he writes eloquently free verse and with diverse poetic forms.
  • He is currently on a break but still check him out. Start with this one.

 

In Media Res by Melinda Kucsera

  • Heads up fantasy junkies! She is the queen of sonnets and the brilliant scribbler of epic fantasies taking place in a mystical world called Shayari. She has a published book, too,  Stars and Angel Sing.
  • Believe me you dare not miss her latest event invitation.

 

Jade M. Wong by Jade

  • A youthful writer who can scribble romantic, mystical and even powerful fictions and poems.
  • Come on, and check her awesome poem in two lovely languages!

 

Manan Unleashed by Nandita

  • The queen of stanza, her lovely pen overflows with love, fierceness and honesty.
  • Go check out her poems, long or short they are all impressive. Like this one.

 

Mandibelle16 by Mandi

  • A gifted poetess and fictional writer, she can creep you and make you wiser, too!
  • Visit her and find beautiful fiction and poetry, here’s one!

 

Moonskittles by Dajena

  • The queen of romance, her exquisite words are flowing with passion and love.
  • Here’s a great example!

 

NJ Says by NJ

  • A simple yet intricate writer, she writes with simplicity yet always with deep and wise meaning.
  • See how she translated this lovely poem!

 

The Breathing Castle by Muse

  • She breathes words and that is shown in each of her pieces. Her words are raw and real.
  • Check this out!

 

What the Woman Wrote by Annie

  • A woman with substance, she writes tales and poems that can make you squeal in delight and sometimes cry in subtle painful meaning hiding behind her beautiful words.
  • Go read this one!

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 10: Ten Websites I Love That Aren’t About Books (you could go specific and do like top ten favorite food/travel/craft/fitness blogs I follow, 10 websites I visit daily,  10 fun websites I waste a lot of time on etc.)

 

You will visit them, right? 😀

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Ten Inspiring Reads for Every Dream Chaser

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer” ― Harriet Tubman


I was born a dream chaser
and so are you,
admit it or not, you know
it’s true.

So here are ten inspiring reads
to uplift your spirits
and boost of moral beads!

1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie

Inspiring words: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Inspiring words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen

Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

Inspiring words: “No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.”

4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

Inspiring words: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

5. Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks

Three Weeks With My Brother

Inspiring words: “When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations, and the value of hard work and persistence.”

6. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

Inspiring words: “I’d rather chase the sun than wait for it.”

7. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Inspiring words: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

The Kite Runner

Inspiring words: “And suddenly, just like that, hope became knowledge. I was going to win. It was just a matter of when.”

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Inspiring words: “A real diamond is never perfect.”

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Inspiring words: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

April 12: Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

P.S. What one book would you add on this list?

Share it to me! 😀

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Book Bloggers I Almost-Always Bookmark

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“We read to know we’re not alone.” ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands


I am a book blogger
because my beloved novels
are a delight to share,
then I discovered
these lovely writers/readers
whose love for books
I am ensnared.

1. Jenna of Reading with Jenna

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2. Cristina of Tiny Obsessions

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3. Kat of Life and Other Disasters

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4. Leslie of Leslie Hauser

5. Yvo of It’s All About Books

6. Chrissi of Chrissi Reads

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7. Giovanna of Book Coma Blog

8. The Girl in Boots of Being a Book Nerd

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9. Alicia of  A Kernel of Nonsense

10. Alyssa of Book Club Babe

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

April 5: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On — – you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!

 

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Recent Five Star Reads

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges


What’s a paradise
without
five-star
reads?

I have my own
five-star paradise,
and my recent residents
are…


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

Lullabies by Lang Leav

Lullabies

Macarthur by Bob Ong

Macarthur

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 29: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

P.S. What are your recent best reads?

Share it to me! 😀

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Fave Tearjerker Reads

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“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost


I am admittedly
a dark-writer.
Scribbler of
tragic incidents,
composer of
painful heartaches,
killer of
several lives.

It is then
I realized,
that the books
I loved,
are those which
make me cry,
and those
which dried up
my heart and eyes.


So here are my Five-Star Favorite Tearjerkers of all Time

1. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle

2. Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes 

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

3. If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

8. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 22: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

P.S. What are your top tearjerker reads? Or maybe your fave reads recently?

Tell me? 😀

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Admirable Souls

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“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ― William Arthur Ward


We are all
wonderfully made
yes, the Bible said.

But there are souls
we can’t help
but admire,
’cause they serve
as inspiration
to aspire.

And for me
they are…

Writer-Reader-Self

1. Mitch Albom

Wise Words: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

2.  Paulo Coelho

Wise Words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Nicholas Sparks

Wise Words: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

4. Maya Angelou

Wise Words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

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5. Jason Mraz

 

Wise Words: “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”

6. Sara Bareilles

Wise Words: “Your fear of jumping without a net is so valid, and the trick that you haven’t learned yet is that that’s life, always and everywhere. There are no nets. Life is a big, long free fall, and the sooner you can embrace what is beautiful about that, the sooner you will start to enjoy the ride.”

7. Darlene Zschech

Wise Words: “Sometimes it takes suffering to reveal to us just how rich we are.”

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The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 3.1– A Party of Choice

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Mandibelle! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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