A Couple of Books!….and some notes

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I just finished two books and I always find it interesting to go back and see what I’ve highlighted/underlined…and reflect & wonder why I did so.

girl on trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller with depth and twisted love triangles that will keep you voraciously reading until the end.  Rachel is “the girl on the train” with a vivid imagination and a somewhat depressing existence.  I was hooked from the first page and really enjoyed envisioning Rachel’s view from the train as she traveled….I love traveling by train!

The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You’ll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.” —USA Today

My highlights….hmmmmm

  • “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.  Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing?  It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.”
  • “It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers.”
  • “Kamal says I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere.”

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies weaves the story of the draaaama that takes place at a preschool in an upwardly mobile Australian suburb…and the cattiness, lies, and not-in-my-backyard mentalities that ensue.  Moriarty explores the lives of the families, their brilliant, perfect worlds, and the struggle to keep up their facades….even as their world is unraveling.  Kept me interested from beginning to end.

“Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise “perfect” family unit…. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

My highlight…so true!

  • “You need to be friends with other mothers,” her mother said.  “You support one another! You understand what you’re going through.”

…and lastly, another bit of Jason Silva’s passion. This time on the power of stories…
Shots of Awe…The Power of a Story

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

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