Some recent reads really hit the spot for me (oh how I love books) especially some of these quotes:
From ‘As Bright As Heaven’ by Susan Meissner
I no longer fear Death, though I know that I should. I’m strangely at peace with what I used to think of as my enemy. Living seems more the taskmaster of the two, doesn’t it? Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be. Dying, by contrast, is easy and simple, almost gentle.
your mother’s heart is healing the best way it can…the heart always does what it needs to do.
This book was set in Philadelphia during World War 1 and the Spanish Flu epidemic. It was told by three daughters and their mother which amazingly well, covering themes of Death (and undertaking), Family, and Hope. A great book with just a slightly disappointing ending.
From ‘Words in Deep Blue’ by Cath Crowley
No one has anything to get up for. Life’s pointless and everyone gets up anyway. That’s how the human race works….No one likes how the human race works.
The bookstore is a building, but it’s not only the building. It is the books inside. People are not only their bodies. And if there is no hope of saving the things we love in their original form, we must save them however we can.
Loved this book which included a bookshop setting. From goodreads:
This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.
And finally I’ve just started ‘Fridays with my Folks’ by Amal Awad
Strangely the activity that helped me best decompress was doing puzzles…it’s the therapy of them…knowing that concentrated purpose and persistence pay off; that sliver of relief you feel each time you lock a piece in to place.
One of my puzzles from 2019