I Saw You Reading

July 17, 2021
by messerlyk
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Words Matter

“But I love you, and before you say it words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep. If they were just words we wouldn’t listen to songs, we wouldn’t beg to be read to when we’re kids. If they were just words, then they’d have no meaning and stories wouldn’t have been around since before humans could write. We wouldn’t have learned to write. If they were just words then people wouldn’t fall in love because of them, feel bad because of them, ache because of them, stop aching because of them…”
― Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue

This book is for book lovers and lovers of words and those experiencing grief or first love or unrequited love… But I’m not here to suggest you read it. I’m here to suggest you take the time to underline your favorite words in books. Shhhh. I didn’t say that as a librarian. I’m saying it as a lover of words. But so we don’t get in too much trouble, maybe just make sure you have a post-it note or journal or even just a scrap piece of paper to write down the beautiful words and phrases and passages that cross your path as you are reading. Because words have meaning and they matter and they can change us.

September 18, 2020
by messerlyk
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Beauty in the Broken

There is a book called Finding Beauty in a Broken World. While I haven’t read it, I LOVE the title. The title is a reminder for us to seek out and be aware of all the beauty that is right in front of us – even when the big, wide world seems chaotic and harsh. Oftentimes we get too focused on the negative or the busy-ness to pay attention. This theme runs through one of my favorite #yalit books: All the Bright Places. Yes, it’s a heartbreaking story, but the message I took away from it is that we have to pay attention to all the beauty (the bright places) in the world. Try it (before you watch the Neflix movie which doesn’t quite hit the same)!

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