Most people collect something. I know people who collect stamps or book marks. Some people even collect pencil sharpeners or tea bags. I have a (relatively) small book collection, and I also collect feathers and lucky dolls. Next to that I collect something that is not a thing: quotes. The reason why is maybe best explained by a quote:
“We cling to music, to poems, to quotes, to writing, to art because we desperately do not want to be alone. We want to know we aren’t going crazy and someone else out there knows exactly how you’re feeling. We want someone to explain things we can’t.”
It is strange how a person who does not know me, sometimes describes my feelings better than I can. Feelings seem more usual than we often think. It is comforting to read that I am not the only one who feels a certain way. Therefore it depends on my mood which quote is my favourite. When I feel sad I usually want to read quotes that make me happy. When I feel lazy I need quotes to motivate me to do what I need to do. I believe quotes are most powerful when you read them for the first time. But I do want to share a quote with you that helped me when I once felt really miserable, and maybe you have not read it yet:
“Stop minimizing and discounting your feelings. You have every right to feel the way you do. Your feelings may not always be logical, but they are always valid. Because if you feel something, then you feel it and it’s real to you. It’s not something you can ignore or wish away. It’s there, gnawing at you, tugging at your core, and in order to find peace, you have to give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel. You have to let go of what you’ve been told you “should” or “shouldn’t” feel. You have to drown out the voices of people who try to shame you into silence. You have to listen to the sound of your own breathing and honor the truth inside you. Because despite what you may believe, you don’t need anyone’s validation or approval to feel what you feel. Your feelings are inherently right and true. They’re important and they matter — you matter — and it is more than okay to feel what you feel. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, convince you otherwise.”
– Daniel Koepke
I do not literally keep a list of books I want to read this year. In my experience it works better to choose a book that matches my mood. But I do intend to read particular books this year. Either because they have stand unread on my bookshelves far too long or because I want to read more books of a specific type. Here are 5 books I definitely want to read in 2016:
1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I was introduced to this writer due to her amazing TED talk about The danger of a single story. Although I came across this speech a few years ago, I still have not read one of her books. Another reason for reading this book is my resolution to read more books by writers who are not from Europe or the United States. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie came from Nigeria, a country I know very little about.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I also would like to read more books with LGBTQIA (in other words Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual) characters. Only a few books I read have gay or asexual side characters, but I have never read books with LGBTQIA main characters. I do think it is important to read about (fictional) people who are different than we are. Whether they come from another part of the world or have a different sexual preference. Just to discover that they are more alike then we thought. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe seems to me like a good starting point to read more books with LGBTQIA main characters.
3. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
This book was somewhere recommended for fans of Harry Potter. That made me curious. When I read this is a story about a girl who learns to animate paper creatures and to bring stories to life, I knew this was a book for me.
4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
When my grandmother died a few years ago, this book ended up in my bedroom. Now and then I like to read classics. This seemed like a good one. But it already have lied far too long in the pile of books next to my bed.
5. 1984 by George Orwell
Another classic I want to read. I have this book as an e-book on my tablet. Usually I enjoy reading about dystopias, so I think 1984 will be an interesting read.
The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by the The Broke and The Bookish. Since I like lists, especially about books, you can definitively expect more Top Ten Tuesdays on this blog.
When I think of stories, books are the first thing that come to my mind. But songs can tell stories too. And how amazing would it be if you could read books about your favourite songs? Here are 10 songs that would make good books:
Continue reading Ten songs I wish that were books
For more than a week I have thought about the first post on this blog. In that post I had to introduce myself, write something about my interests and maybe tell the reasons why I started this blog. That first post seemed really important, just like other first things. The first day of high school, the first kiss… Afterwards the second, the tenth or maybe the thirtieth time were often better than that first time. I am sure that will be the same with blog posts. But sometimes the first time really is the best. Therefore three of my favourite first times:
1. Reading a book for the first time
I read and love books for as long as I can remember. Opening a new book and being introduced in a new story is without question the best first thing. It is kind of exciting. You do not know if you are going to like this story. Maybe it is going to make you cry. Maybe it will be the best book you ever read.
2. Watching a disaster movie for the first time
My boyfriend and I share a love for movies about tornadoes, overflowing cities and sinking ships. Those movies are always excited and often have characters you want to cheer for. Sometimes I watch them more than once. Some of my favourites are Flood, San Andreas and Poseidon. But the first time, when you do not know the ending yet, disaster movies are the best.
3. Eating new food for the first time
The second time I eat something I really liked the first time, it is almost never as good as I remembered (except for pancakes). Nachos are delicious, but not as good as that first time I ate them in Guatemala.