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Laurent Gaudé is becoming my favourite French author. All three books are brilliant. Eldorado and Cris are exceptional. Outstanding. Looking forward to reading more by Gaudé.

Did you read your favorite childhood book after becoming an adult? How did it feel? The Books Briefing: What Stories About Childhood Teach Adults About Themselves

Dickens XI Jarndyce & Jarndyce return to the side after a long legal dispute with the club. Dickens will be hoping for more from Oliver Twist. Scrooge conceded two in the boxing day fixture earlier this season, but that blip aside rarely gives anything away

He proposed that a fitting monument to would be a new edition of her novels & a fundraising campaign to benefit governesses. Remembering Reginald Farrer (1880-1920), devoted Janeite and father of English rock gardening, born

"Earth's crammed with heaven... But only he who sees, takes off his shoes." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning Have a creative start this morning.

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Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
—  Fred Rogers
The word “friend” was so vague, so undescriptive, and unsatisfying - how could he use the same term to describe what Jude was to him that he used for India or the Henry Youngs? And so they had chosen another, more familiar form of relationship, one that hadn’t worked. But now they were inventing their own type of relationship, one that wasn’t officially recognized by history or immortalized in poetry or song, but which felt truer and less constraining.
—  Hanya Yanagihara | A Little Life

Healing is a long process. Some days it feels like you’re at the top of the world and some other days you feel like taking long naps to snooze real life. But when the tough part of healing ends, the real part begins. It means putting yourself first, seeing yourself in the mirror and feeling gorgeous, forgiving yourself for all the times you thought you weren’t enough and enjoying the small details. Healing means to be grateful for the chaos so you can enjoy paradise afterwards.

—D. M.


i wont write you poems

because theyre only for him

and i wont promise you

that ill love you just as much

honestly, im pathetic

i rebound over and over

but ill never find the one

because my ones with another lover

i miss him everyday

i hear his name, i could be insane

but it echoes in my mind

never ending, i wont find

another one like him

There’s some classic novel characters I can call by their first name, even if that’s not how they were referred to in the novel, and it’s fine. But then there’s other characters that I try to call by their first name rather than their last and it’s very Not Fine, like I just went against the unwritten laws of nature or something, ya feel?

Ill never understand it how some people can go through there whole lives with so little art. Like how do you breathe?

Literature is how i travel to other times and places. How i get a birds eye view of humanity. Without it i would forever be stuck in my lonely little corner of the world. Never dreaming that there was wonder out there. That there was adventures to be had in the depths. Yet people call it boring….

Day 23/100

I finally finished my book! The Secret History was incredible and so captivating, now one of my favourite books with one of my favourite quotes:

“Henry lit a cigarette. “I prefer to think of it,” he had said, “as redistribution of matter.”

Also I have a new book haul, I’ve started reading the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard I’m looking forward to getting back into fantasy. I’ve heard amazing reviews for The Bees and of course I need more Donna Tartt in life so the Goldfinch is my next choice.

In addition I booked my driving test for April which I am nowhere near ready for so better get practicing…