Yesterday the wife and I headed to the neighbouring town, as she was in need of some clothes and it has the only mall within eighty kilometres. Also the only bookshop. Yeah, I know.
I was browsing the shelves, not looking for anything in particular, and as is my wont I gravitated towards the fantasy section. This particular chain has never heard or either Jim Butcher or Neil Gaiman, but they often have significant markdowns on the titles they do stock, and I was pleasantly surprised to find not one, but two of Terry Pratchett’s more recent publications at half the regular price. Considering the great man’s passing this week, I took it as a sign.
I also picked up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. It’s not a Pratchett, but I’ve seen many references to this novel online, it looks like a fun read, and it was also half-price, so why not?
As I’m feeling all melancholic at present, I think I’ll be putting my current read (a non-fiction book on Quantum Theory) aside for now and first read Dodger.
While we’re talking about reading, head on over to The Book Notes Project for a fun questionnaire on what you’re reading at the moment.
Last time I wrote about how each one of us is a story, that you are the author of your story and that you have to make the choices that will determine whether or not your story will be a good one.
But that made me think of something else: we all have an innate need to tell our stories. And more importantly, we all have a need to have our stories listened to.
That’s probably one of my biggest frustrations in life: I can’t find anyone to listen to my story. See, I’m a natural listener. If I sit next to someone on a bus or stand behind someone in a queue, they just start talking to me. Nothing too personal…at first. But I can’t help listening – I’m naturally good at it and I’ve been trained as a counsellor which merely honed my existing skills – and before long they’re spilling their guts to me. Continue reading “The Greatest Service”→
This week it is my turn to post on The Book Notes Project. I have also posted it here for your convenience (and I’m too lazy for two posts in one day).
“We’re all stories, in the end.”
The Doctor says this to a sleeping young Amelia Pond in the Doctor Who episode, The Big Bang. He is on the wrong side of a crack in time that’s rapidly closing and his story is about to end. He’s sharing it with one last person in the hope that he would be remembered.
“Why are all of you guys so obsessed with Psychology?” A friend of mine asked me a few days ago when we were in the library and I was reading a Psychology book while she was reading about the universe. I wasn’t obsessed… I just like to take good care of anything that’s part of me. When you know what’s right, anything can become a part of you.
Two years ago, we were asked to make our decisions about the subjects we want to do for our A-Levels. The teachers stressed on how important this would be since our university applications would depend on the results we get in these four subjects and would also depict the paths of higher education we would want to choose.
I was among the very few to choose Psychology as a subject. There had been only one batch before us who had done it…
One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the variety of interesting people with whom you get to interact and even make friends. And I’ve never even considered the blogosphere to be a place where you could make a significant impact on the rest of the world, unless you have, like, a hundred-million followers. But there are ways to make a difference and I am lucky to have become part of such a project.
It’s called The Book Notes Project and was started by Emma from A Wordless Blogger. It’s very simple really. We leave notes in books, be they in library books, books we donate or sell second-hand, some might even try to slip a note or two into new books in bookshops (that is, if we can get past security 😀 ).
What is on these notes, you ask? Very good question. Anything positive, motivational or uplifting we can think about that will make the recipient feel better about him- or herself. Imagine feeling down in the dumps and picking up a book in the library. You flip through the pages and a note falls out, saying you’re beautiful. Won’t that be nice?
That’s what The Book Notes Project is about. We’re just doing our part to spread some joy and positivity and eradicate all the nastiness out there.
Sound like something you’d like to get involved in? Then go visit the site using the link above where you will find all the necessary info.
A few of us are also going to contribute to a weekly blog on a variety of uplifting topics. You can check out today’s post here.
Come get involved and let’s make the world a nicer place to live in for all of us.