Raising children with books may up their IQs later
Raising a child in a mentally stimulating environment has been linked to developing a smaller brain cortex, which in turn is linked to higher IQ.
My new favorite, totally underrated author. Me Before You is a beautiful book, but you’ll need a box of chocolates to cheer you up after reading it. Not recommended to readers who are depressed, broken, hurting, or with hyperactive lacrimal glands.
1. The right to not read
2. The right to skip pages
3. The right to not finish
4. The right to reread
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to browse
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to not defend your tastes
I rarely like romance novels and One Day has become one of them. Actually, it would be a mistake to consider David Nicholl’s novel as a romance novel. There are some unrealistic twists but in most parts One Day seemed one of the most realistic and believable books in all that mess of “romance” novels.
It mostly narrates the story of two people in twenty years. He focuses on their expectations, disappointments, struggles, relationships in life in twenty years time and that was what really impressed me in this book. I loved the story of these characters Emma and Dexter especially in the sense that the expectations of characters in life vs the expectations of the people around them or the neverending “society against me” struggle. I saw it as a character novel than a romance novel in many parts and the development of characters, especially Emma, was what impressed me more in the book than the romance and friendship between Emma and Dexter because you may even find their relationship annoying if you read the book only for the sake of romance. I can’t say Emma has become one of the characters that I related most completely, but at least she is one of the closest ones.
The writing has turned out to be good and was beyond my expectations as well. We should be thankful for David Nicholls for his great fiction. If he did not make that last manoeuvre for the sake to impress readers in the end, I would have loved the book more. Yet, as I was expecting a cheesy romance novel, One Day gave me much more as a book and I am glad to have read it and met these characters.
I tremendously enjoyed their conversations. They’re witty, hilarious, thoughtful and bittersweet.
“Call me sentimental, but there’s no-one in the world that I’d like to see get dysentery more than you”
“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle”
“I’m not the consolation prize, Dex. I’m not something you resort to. I happen to think I’m worth more than that.”