Category Archives: Books

The books I’m reading, the ones I love and the ones that didn’t fit. This is what I thought of them, the good, the bad and everywhere inbetween.

Notes from My Travels by: Angelina Jolie

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My 3rd book post happens to be the very emotional: Notes from My Travels by: Angelina Jolie. It is all about her humanitarian work  with the UNHCR in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador. This has been a fascinating and very sad book for me to read, because we are so sheltered in America and there is so much going on in the world that we don’t know about.

Finally finished a few weeks ago, the book is very emotional and sometimes heartwrenching like I said before and the sheer lack of funding that UNHCR recieves and the amount of effort that they put out is amazing. I love that Ms. Jolie is a part of such a wonderful organization and that she has brought about such an awareness to the overwhelming amount of refugees in the world today and what is being done for them and what still needs to be done.

Quotes that spoke to me:

“More than twenty million refugeed exist today.”

“One-sixth of the world’s population lives on less than one dollar a day.”

“The strength of survival here is amazing to me. They don’t complain. They don’t even beg.” – Angelina Jolie

“The children here grab your hands and walk with you, smiling and singing. They have nothing. They are wearing ripped dusty clothes and they are smiling.” – Angelina Jolie

Wuthering Heights by: Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights by: Emily Brontë for my second book post because it has been on my to read shelf for way too long and on my actual bookshelf for even longer.

At one-fourth through the book I find that the story has mystified me and so far is a truly wonderful piece of fiction. Although at times the storyline can be confusing, the majority is like a story that you have heard before but no matter how hard you try you cannot remember what will happen next.

Half way through, so far the story itself is that of two families that have been brought together and at the same time torn apart by love. The two main characters Catherine and Heathcliff grow up together as childhood playmates who alone know the innermost workings of the other’s mind, however the princess is never allowed to love a stable boy the thought alone is beneath her station. It is because of this that Catherine leaves to marry the only suitable option to her, Mr. Linton, though she hardly loves him, and poor Heathcliff makes his heart cold and wishes only revenge on the entire situation. Now because they still share a selfish love of one another they continue on a path of destruction tearing their families apart, Heathcliff marries Catherine’s sister in-law purely to punish Mr. Linton for having dared love Catherine and because he took her away from Heathcliff, he must now suffer the loss of his foolish younger sister. Both Catherine and Heathcliff marry for selfish reasons devoid of love; Catherine marries to keep her station and Heathcliff marries to cause pain and suffering by breaking a soul that dared to love him. It is basically a story of two families interacting with each other throughout time whether hurting or loving each other.

This is turning out to be the never-ending book, I do enjoy it but thinking that I could read it in one week is just downright laughable. It is definitely a two-week book, primarily because you have to really pay attention when you are reading it otherwise you can become really lost and confused(which is the main reason that I could not finish it as quickly as I’d hoped).

Favorite Quotes:

” I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.” – Catherine Earnshaw

” …so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…” – Catherine Earnshaw

” If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” – Catherine Earnshaw

” And there you see the distinction between our feelings: had he been in my place, and i in his, though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him. You may look incredulous, if you please! I never would have banished him from her society as long as she desired his. The moment her regard ceased, I would have torn his heart out, and drunk his blood! But till then – if you don’t believe me you don’t know me – till then, I would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his head!” – Heathcliff

” I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” – Heathcliff

“… treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.” – Isabella Heathcliff

Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer

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Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer. I know what you are thinking, for those of you who are fans it is probably one of your favorites too. However, if are not a fan you lie in two groups: 1. you think the whole concept is trivial and a bit tweenish and 2. you are open to the idea but prefer Anne Rice’s version of vampires. Either way, this is my blog and convey’s my opinion.

Twilight is a book that I not only enjoy, but love. I found the series shortly after the deaths of my lab mixes, and was drawn to them by a mindless existence in movie theaters and bookstores. It was unlike anything I had seen or read before, and I must admit I saw the movie before reading the book. Being the reader that I am the movie was not enough, it is but a mere glimpse into a world that a book will submerge you into. It was the perfect escape for my devastating loss. If you let it, the world that is Twilight can take over your senses, can make you believe in what you had given up on. While submerged in a world of magic how can you allow yourself to be deadened by the pain of reality?

The families love and understanding of one another is so complete and judgement free that it seemed unreal to me. And at the same time it made me wonder if that is how it’s supposed to be, if your family is meant to share your pain with you to understand your hurt so you aren’t alone. That is why it has wound its way into my heart, when I feel alone like that all I have to do is read a book, like this one and I can feel the love and understanding and the sadness will fade away.