One of my sentiments has always been—why my favorite authors don’t publish as much books; I have to wait for years, and now this! Finally!
Failed twice. My first in three years. I need a pat on the back (or a back rub, yeah, that’s better). #goodreads #readingchallenge
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth…
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.
And shares our bed and eats at our own table …."
— W H Auden, Collected Poems
— Gloria Anzaldúa ”Speaking in Tongues”
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.
— Junot Díaz (This Is How You Lose Her)