“May the Books you read light the way”
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“May the Books you read light the way”

I’ve always been a reader. Kept note of the titles I read, jotted down in the back of old journals, along with quotes my heart wouldn’t let me forget.

I cling to books even more so in this digital age. Force myself to sit down, hold and feel the pages in my hands. Put the phone down, pick the book up.  In this time of transition and phoenix-rising, I’m drawn to books more than ever. I’m drawn to colours, texture and cover art some times more than the book itself.  But I always find a lesson, wisdom in the pages.  Even in the silly ones, the page turners, or the ones that call me out from the bookshelf.

So I set myself a small goal this year, inspired by a friend, to read 30 books in 2018. With 3 days left in this year, I’m just starting my 32nd book, There, There 

Thanks to the library for lending, my friends for sharing and for the books that found me at just the right time. And to my friend Firyal, here you go – the books that helped me in 2018.

*My favourites are in bold.

“I didn’t burn to ashes. I emerged from the flames like a little phoenix. I ran my fingers over the scar tissue, caressing the contours … I walked through the fire, and I lived. There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.”              – Gail Honeyman


Into the Oblivion 

The Untethered Soul

Everything is Awful

Coke Machine Glow

White Hot Truth

Their Eyes were Watching God

The Inconvenient Indian

The Hate U Give

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Goodbye, Things

The Problem of the Puer Aeternus 

Am I there Yet? 

Tin Can Homestead

God-Shaped Hole

In our Mad and Furious City

Braving the Wilderness

Summer of my Amazing Luck

The Big Leap


Cabin Porn

Forest Bathing

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Kitchen Confidential

Silence in the Age of Noise

You Are Here

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Little Women


The Finnish Way

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness





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