Happiness.

Happiness is the most natural thing in the world when you have it, and the slowest, strangest, most impossible thing when you don’t. It’s like learning a foreign language: You can think about the words all you want, but you’ll never be able to speak it until you suck up your courage and say them out loud.

~Partials by: Dan Wells

Ever Changing.

Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.

~Jurassic Park by: Michael Crichton

Yourself.

Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.

~The Young Elites by: Marie Lu

Brave.

I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.

~Wild by: Cheryl Strayed

Currently:

In my bag:
Dark Places by: Gillian Flynn
We Bought a Zoo by: Benjamin Mee

In my headphones:
Spartan Gold by: Clive Cussler
Fiery Cross by: Diana Gabaldon

In my playlist:
I Fell in Love with the Devil by: Avril Lavigne
Ten by: Yellow Card
I Spend Too Much Time in My Room by: The Band CAMINO
After All These Years by: Journey
Winds of Wander by: A Fine Frenzy
Head over Feet (Acoustic) by: Alanis Morissette

Marathoning:
Dawson’s Creek
The Bold Type
Project Runway
Proven Innocent
The Code
For the People

BOOK CLUB: Water for Elephants

This month we read Water for Elephants by: Sara Gruen. This was my first of her books and one I’ve been wanting to read for years. While there were a few particularly steamy scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed the absurd and outrageous circumstances surrounding the traveling circus. I grew up going to the circus with my family and it this was so reminiscent of being able to escape into this world of fantasy.

I loved the loyalty between Jacob and the animals (and just Jacob with everyone), I enjoyed the present day just as much as the flashbacks, and I felt so satisfied with the ending. Gruen’s Author Note is one for the books and I definitely recommend reading it after you finish the novel. She comments on her research process and discusses the facts behind the fiction (as much fact as there is within the circus world). After everything in this book, I’m still waiting for an explanation for “Water for Elephants” and I was dying to know how much Elephants actually drink. (Well, I looked it up…it’s 50 Gallons per day [!!] ). Overall, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really enjoyed this one! (I may need to track down some other Circus-ey books!)

“Age is a terrible thief. Just when you’re getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head and silently spreads cancer throughout your spouse.”