The Essential Rumi: Selected Spiritual Thoughts

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The Essential Rumi is a collection of spiritual and mystical poems that enlightens its readers about the beauty of being true to one’s faith in God; no matter what their religion is.

Moreover, reading this was entirely mind-boggling that it gives you that profound and all different kinds of emotions while getting lost in the written words of Rumi.

And for the reason that it was so touchingly beautiful to read that I’ve decided to post it in my blog those highlighted thoughts that I’ve noted while I was reading this.

 

“La’illaha il’Allahu (“There’s no reality but God; there is only God”)”

“Our gratitude to God holds them to us, and brings more besides.”

“God blesses both and all in the line, and replaces what has been consumed, and provides for those who work the soil of helpfulness, and blesses Muhammad and Jesus and every other messenger and prophet. Amen, and may the Lord of all created beings bless you.”

“Whoever acts with respect will get respect. Whoever brings sweetness will be served almond cake. Good women are drawn to be with good men.”

“The foundation and the walls of the spiritual life are made of self-denials and disciplines. Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you’re doing, and how they’re doing, and keep your practices together.”

“A True Person is more calm and deliberate. He or she doesn’t worry about interruptions.”

“Don’t go to sleep one night. What you most want will come to you then. Warmed by a sun inside, you’ll see wonders. Tonight, don’t put your head down. Be tough, and strength will come. That which adoration adores appears at night. Those asleep may miss it. One night Moses stayed awake and asked, and saw a light in a tree.”

“There is a way that leads from all-colors to colorlessness. Know that the magnificent variety of the clouds and the weather comes from the total simplicity of the sun and the moon.”

“Humble living does not diminish. It fills. Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.”

“Miracles don’t cause faith, but rather the scent of kindredness that unites people. Miracles overwhelm unbelief. Faith grows from friendship.”

“May God cause you to change your life in the way you know you should.”

“There are no rules for worship. Say whatever and however your loving tells you to. Your sweet blasphemy is the truest devotion. Through you a whole world is freed. Loosen your tongue and don’t worry what comes out. It’s all the light of the spirit.”

“Love is a quality of God. Fear is an attribute of those who think they serve God”

“The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“When you’re traveling, ask a traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.”

“Love of one’s country is part of the faith.” But don’t take that literally! Your real “country” is where you’re heading, not where you are. Don’t misread that hadith.”

“Do not believe an absurdity, no matter who says it.”

“Do not grieve over what is past. It’s over. Never regret what has happened.”

“Don’t give advice to someone who’s groggy and falling asleep.”

“Any love based on physical beauty is not love.”

“This world is a mountain. What we do is a shout. The echo comes back to us.”

“I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar.” And he made it clear in other places that someone who considers religion or nation an important human category is in danger of severing the heart from its ability to act compassionately. This is a radical idea now, but Rumi held the conviction in the thirteenth century with such deep gentleness that its truth was recognized.”

“If you are rich and full-fed, don’t laugh at the impulsiveness of the poor. They were not acting from their souls, but they were acting out of some necessity.”

“Meditation, or any solitary practice (a walk before dawn, a poem every morning, sitting on the roof at sunset), gives depth and expands the soul’s action.”

“Anything you do every day can open into the deepest spiritual place, which is freedom.”

“Love has no calculating in it. That’s why it’s said to be a quality of God and not of human beings. “God loves you” is the only possible sentence. The subject becomes the object so totally that it can’t be turned around. Who will the “you” pronoun stand for, if you say, “You love God”?”

I’am so small I can barely be seen. How can this great love be inside me? Look at your eyes. They are small, but they see enormous things.”

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”

“Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek.”

“Your deepest desire for a window should be as an open empty place through which to hear the call to prayer.”

“Traveler, don’t try to decide where to stop. Whatever you are attracted to, you weary of. From being a sperm cell to a young man to an old man, notice the changes. Stay light on your feet and keep moving. Speak any language, Turkish, Greek, Persian, Arabic, but always speak with love.”

“Tenderness is not always appropriate. Sometimes, there must be a sudden turning away.”

“Love is the vital core of the soul, and of all you see, only love is infinite.”

“Don’t judge those who are beyond judgment. Don’t speak of anything you haven’t experienced.”

“The taste of today is not that of yesterday.”

“Reason and patience like well-meaning uncles come to rail about how difficult this world is. Love helps you see into the invisible. Water washes your hands. Earth sits quiet like a childhood friend.”

“All beauty is God’s beauty.”

“I tell everything, but I do not say it, because my friend, it is better your secret be spoken by you.”

“The puppet show looks charming, but go behind the screen and watch who runs it.”

“Let your prayer be pure praise, not begging for something to happen, or not happen.”

“Giving to charity and giving up jealousy are ways to say how it is inside us.”

“Any time you exert yourself by going somewhere, giving money, or taking time to pray, you are saying, There is a priceless jewel inside me. Fasting says, I have not eaten even what is permitted. I must want no connection to what is not. Giving to the poor says, I am distributing my own property. Certainly, I will not steal from others.”

“On every trip, have only one objective, to meet those who are friends inside the presence.

If you stay home, keep the same purpose, to meet the innermost presence as it lives in people.”

“Pay attention to those who want to change so badly they cry and dissolve into loving kindness and freedom.”

“Good people find each other. Honor your friends and watch what happens.”

“Sometimes, though, it is fear that brings you to the presence.”

“There is one sure way to know a hypocrite. Listen to how he speaks, the quality of the voice and his peculiar enunciation will reveal more about him than his face or physique.”

“Quit pretending to be clear. That pretense keeps you from receiving what I can give.”

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

 

 

 

So whats your favorite thoughts from the book?

Please feel free to post it on the comments section.

And that’s it for now. Till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!

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Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho: 18 Selected Inspiring Thoughts.

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For this blog post of mine, I’m going to share with you those quotes that I’ve highlighted while I was reading Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra.

In which by the way, I’m also grateful that I’ve read this at the right time when I needed such inspiring and profound thoughts to help me feel calm and at ease. For such insights shared in this book about everything in life gave me such strength to overcome my fears and to be more braver and more positive all throughout. To keep the faith and believe that it’s going to be okay.

 

So here are the following quotes:

  1. “Learn three important things: Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. And take pride in your scars.”

  2. “In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement.”

  3. “They listen to the beating of their own heart. They’re aware of being tense, of being afraid. They consider their life and discover that, despite the fear, their faith is still alive in their soul, driving them onward.”

  4. “Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.”

  5. “Solitude is not the absence of love, but its complement.”

  6. “In cases of unrequited love, there is always the hope that one day it will be requited.”

  7. “Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.”

  8. “Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams. This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.”

  9. “May I be capable of accepting myself as I am: a person who walks and feels and talks like anyone else, but who, despite his faults, is also brave.”

  10. “No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth.”

  11. “Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.”

  12. “Fate is never unfair to anyone. We are all free to love or hate what we do. When we love, we find the same joy in our daily activity as do those who one day set off in search of their dreams.”

  13. What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

  14. Anxiety is part of love, and should not be blamed because of that.

  15. “Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms.”

  16. When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you’re still here. That is a victory. Show your happiness and celebrate your ability to go forward.”

  17. Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown.”

  18. “Love is an act of Faith.”

 

Well, that’s it for now, and till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!

 

Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

a22ee4224c6fc7a20ab86699469cf0cfAs expected, this book entitled Easy by Tammara Webber is such a beautiful story that it got me hooked on reading it in just a short period of time. And I’m so grateful to Goodreads for letting me discover this wonderful novel.

I think it was at that time when I was surfing the site for an interesting but unfamiliar book to read that I found this. But it took me awhile before I’ve decided to read it. I guess its because I was never keen on reading college romances.

Anyway, the beginning of the story was certainly an unusual one. For it was really interesting, suspenseful, exciting and catchy. The story of Lucas and Jacqueline is definitely one of my favorites, and reading their emails and text messages were so much fun. Plus what I like about the story, aside from the fact that it’s actually my first time to read a college romance, is that, on how both of them have found each other.

So even if both of them were kinda lost, but fate had stepped in so that they can learn from each other, and support one another with all the love growing between the two of them. I’ve also learned from reading this story is that when it comes to loving someone, it’s not about giving up what you really want in life just for the sake of your loved ones, for it’s all about balancing everything to support one another (but of course, not that one-sided support).

Because doing so would be like you’re evolving your life for that someone alone, which shouldn’t be the case since you have to retain your individuality as a person.

All in all, it was definitely a page-turner and I had so much fun reading it.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it, until my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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Book Review: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

 

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is a beautiful story about Angelo Bianco, a young priest, and his childhood friend, a violinist named Eva Rosselli.

Set in Italy during the German Occupation, this is a tale of a passionate and forbidden love in a time where things were so uncertain, and full of obstacles.

The kind of novel that I had never thought that would make me feel so emotional while reading it. Seriously, it was that engrossing and heartbreaking to read.

Furthermore, the author of this inspiring story had captured its readers by giving them a glimpse on how these people from all the countries that were invaded by the Germans lived during those times. So as a reader, I was painfully hit hard of the idea on how arduous it is for them to live a life in fear, but at the same time, trying to be brave and strong as they cling to the hope that one day, they will be able to see the light of a newer and brighter world. A world in which everyone would live in peace and harmony – without any judgment or discrimination just because they have a different race or religion. And that it also doesn’t matter who they are because what matters most is the sense of respect, kindness, and love for one another.

For sure, every reader who have already read the book, knew that the story of Angelo and Eva is something that they will never ever forget. Not just because of their love story, but more on how this couple have been such an inspiration, and despite the fact that Angelo is a Catholic (and a priest), and Eva being a Jewish. Such obstacles have really been a test on how strong is their love for one another. Using that love not just for themselves, but also offering it all to God; asking for the strength and courage to guide them in helping the Jews in their community. Risking their lives because they want to fight for justice because of all the inhumane and cruel things that they’ve witnessed from the German soldiers and officials.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

So before I wrap it up this blog of mine, I would like to share that before I’ve finished reading the novel, I already knew that this one have definitely made it at the top of list as one of the best books that I’ve ever read. For it was so heartbreakingly beautiful, and I still haven’t recovered from it. And just thinking about it every now and then gives me that emotional feeling that I just couldn’t entirely explain.

Well yes, it’s a fiction, but all the details about the invasion that were described in the story were true. A reminder, especially after so many decades had passed, that one should always hope and pray that something like that should never happen again, and to keep the faith that the good will always triumph over evil.

Plus, even if I’m a person who doesn’t entirely practice her religion, but I faithfully believe in God. That I believe, not in its traditions, but in humanity’s faith to do good things.

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And as a bonus, below are the following quotes that I’ve highlighted while reading the book.

“They can take our homes, our possessions. Our families. Our lives. They can drive us out, like they’ve driven us out before. They can humiliate us and dehumanize us. But they cannot take our thoughts. They cannot take our talents. They cannot take our knowledge, or our memories, or our minds. In music there is no bondage. Music is a door, and the soul escapes through the melody.”

“Love had not made them poor. Love had made them wealthy. In that moment, they were royalty, a king of fortune and a queen of destiny, embracing a tiny prince of peace.”

“God makes me strong. He gives me courage. He gives me peace. He gives me purpose.”

“Sand and ash. The ingredients of glass. Such beauty created from nothing. It had been something Babbo had marveled about and something she’d never understood. From sand and ash, rebirth. From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion, Eva felt reborn, renewed, and she vowed to press on. She vowed to push back, to make glass from the ashes, and that courage was a victory in itself. Eva”

“Does it matter how we pray, if our devotion is pure, if our love for him leads us to love and serve and forgive and be better?”

“But we have to live in order to learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.”

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well that’s it for now and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Highlighted Poems: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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“Poetry is what happens when your mind stops working, and for a moment, all you do is feel.”

-Atticus

For my first blog post for the month of November 2017, I’m going to share with you those poems that I’ve highlighted and saved while I was reading Ms. Rupi Kaur’s latest collection of poems.

In which by the way these poems have been a very inspiring and mind-boggling one to read. And it’s like getting into a glimpse into the poet’s vulnerability, and because of that, she was able to flow such thoughts in a writing that had resulted into creating such poems that a lot of modern women can truly related themselves into.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Furthermore, it was very thoughtful of her, to dedicate it to her dear mother – the woman who was braved enough to leave behind her family and country in order to pursue a better life with her husband and children to a place that is culturally different than what she was used to.

In addition to that, ever since Rupi Kaur had been a child, she had always looked up to her mother as a source of strength and inspiration in becoming the kind of person that she wanted to be. Someone who is independent and knows her worth as a woman.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

And if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

 

 

28 Books that I would Recommend for Everyone.

For my annual birthday blog. I’m going to share with you the list of top 28 books that I’ve already read since I’ve started the 2017 Goodreads’ Reading Challenge.

Although I still haven’t finish yet in reaching this year’s goal of reading a total number of 68 books. But so far, I’m making a wonderful progress because I’m already a few more books away. Hopefully, in a few months, I’ll be able to accomplish it.

Well anyway these are the titles of novels that I would definitely recommend for you if you are looking for something new to read.

 

  1. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

    Click to see my Book Review      

  2. Treasures by Lisa Jackson.

    img_3701“A riveting blend of mystery and romance makes Lisa Jackson’s navels irresistible. Now the bestselling author of Twice Kissed and Wishes brings sensuality and suspense to enthralling new heights as a woman seeking to discover her identity finds herself thrust into a world of hidden secrets and dangerous desires.” -Goodreads Summary

  3. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

    Click to see my Book Review

  4. First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Goodreads Summary

  5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

    “milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.” -Goodreads

  6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

    Goodreads Summary

  7. Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinksy

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    Goodreads Summary

  8. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

   “What a beautiful story and I’m so proud to say that I’ve read this one in just one sitting. “
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  1. When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke

    “Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Book 1 of the bestselling Canadian West series.” -Goodreads

  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    “This can happen to anyone.”

    It’s a brilliant story and would totally freak you out as a reader. For its a novel that was written in order to portray that something like that does happen in reality. And of course, what we might perceive about anyone on the outside is not as truthful or real on the inside.

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  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

    Click to see my Book Review

  2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

    Goodreads Summary

    “It’s surreal and insanely funny.”

    “Although, there were some things that were slightly exaggerated in the story. But this certain type of people called “Crazy Rich Asians” really do exist. And as a reader of the book, you might find it entirely fascinating to read about the extravagance on how these people lead their lives, but you’ll also learn an important lesson that money is definitely not everything. Sure it is our means to give us a comfortable life. But is it truly everything? Not really. Cause it is the little mundanes, the special moments that we have with our love ones that gives everything a whole new meaning. For love, happiness, kindness, our sense of contentment, and a whole lot more of positive things, are the ones that are priceless beyond measure that money can never provide us.”

  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    “A heartwarming story about a disfigured child (who’ve just taken the first step into a normal childhood) and his parents’ unconditional love towards him; that despite on how the world views him physically on the outside, but to his mother and father, he will always be a special and extraordinary kid.

  4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    Goodreads Summary

“Well at first, you might find the personality of Eleanor Oliphant as somewhat hilarious, but once you’ll get to know her, you will realized that her story is entirely heartbreaking, and at the same time emotionally heartwarming. Moreover, every readers of the book would tend to feel a bit affected after reading it.”

  1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

    img_3690“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience.”

    The whole story of the sequel was entirely mind-boggling but full of profound truths about the realities that are happening in our society; especially when you’re also talking about the many different acts of DISCRIMINATION.

 

  1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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  2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

    Goodreads Summary

  3. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

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  4. How to Find love in a bookshop by Veronica Henry

    Click to see my Book Review

  5. This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Goodreads Summary

  6. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

    Goodreads Summary

  7. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

    Click to see my Book Review

  8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    Goodreads Summary

  9. The Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

    Goodreads Summary

  10. The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans

    Goodreads Summary

  11. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

    Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

    this is the recipe of life
    said my mother
    as she held me in her arms as i wept
    think of those flowers you plant
    in the garden each year
    they will teach you
    that people too
    must wilt
    fall
    root
    rise
    in order to bloom

  12. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

    Goodreads Summary

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  1. The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter

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By the way, if you’re interested to purchase a copy in any of those titles that were listed above. You can buy it online with a FREE delivery worldwide at Book Depository.

Thank you so much for checking out my list and if you have any thoughts about my post, don’t hesitate to write it in the comments section.

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

 

 

 

 

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Book Review)

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A very unconventional memoir that was written by a journalist of The New Yorker named Ariel Levy. It’s a book that gives its readers a glimpse of who she is; her point of view, an insight about herself, her frustrations, opinions, ideas, and all the notions about her true self in this modern world. In which by the way makes this book quite refreshing and honest to read.

Although, I have no idea of who she is since I’ am a Filipino reader, and the only reason that I’ve decided to read this one was because I’ve been hearing such good reviews about her book especially from fellow Goodreads members, celebrities, and other famous public figures. So it was just all out of curiosity that made me chose this one in my reading list.

Then after getting unto her memoir, I was a bit surprised and slightly uncomfortable at first when I’ve already gotten to that part when it was revealed that she’s a diverse type of woman. But despite the fact of about her, I’m still glad that I chose to read this one. The reason is that I’ am quite fascinated by the author’s writing skills, for it was somewhat impeccable and affable to understand. Then I was also enamored by her being so truthful and bold for writing this one.

Well I’m not sure if she’s a feminist or what, but I truly admire her, because through her words, she was able to point it out into the world the things that she truly believes in. Furthermore, she is someone with her own principles in life. And one of my most favorite part in the book was when she was describing about it on how it feels like to be a millennial woman; shedding its readers some light on how a female tend to perceive things specifically during their 20’s and 30’s.

So now that I already know what the fuss was all about. I would most certainly say that this is a book that one should truly recommend to every fellow readers out there. A memoir that talks about being an unconventional woman in today’s modern society. An inspiration for every feminist.

But I have to remind you that as reader, you really need to be more open-minded before getting into a glimpse of Ms. Ariel Levy’s world. For there are certain issues that she had shared that you might find a bit sensitive especially for some people of different cultures and traditions.

It may seem to be that way, but this is a wonderful lesson to each and every one of us that we shouldn’t be too judgmental; but to be more kind, respectful, and understanding particularly to those who are in between in terms of their own struggles and sexuality, and you might think that they are different, but, they are also a human being who truly deserves such fair and just treatment in our society.

A sincere and real equality for all.

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And by the way, here are the following quotes that has intrigued me while reading the book:

“There is nothing I love more than traveling to a place where I know nobody, and where everything will be a surprise, and then writing about it. It’s like having a new lover—even the parts you aren’t crazy about have the crackling fascination of the unfamiliar.”

“Nature. Mother Nature. She is free to do whatever she chooses.”

“What does it mean to be a woman? What are the rules? What are your options and encumbrances? I wanted to tell stories that answered, or at least asked, those questions.”

“Character is who you are when nobody else is watching,”

“It is a still stranger thing that there is nothing so delightful in the world as telling stories.”

Well, that it’s for now.
Till my next book review.
Thank you so much for reading! 😊✌🏻