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Why Do I Read..?!

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Have you ever felt like if you put down a book and stop reading for a while, your whole world will come crashing down?!

Do you ever get the feeling that the only thing holding you to your normal state is your books in which you bore yourself day and night just to skip past your reality?!

Or do you ever feel like just sitting in a place and arguing with yourself that you are just going to waste your time sitting idle so it is better to hold a book and read it cover to cover?!

I have felt almost every single one of those emotions.

Ever since this year started I got back to reading books. I don’t remember when was the last time I read a book with passion or such eagerness like I am doing now.

I can recall reading a book previously; more like savoring it’s every single page, word by word. But now all I can see or feel is me in a rush to end the book as quickly as I can and start another one right away. I do not stop for anything. All I want to do is just read, read, and read, no matter what.

Reading has become so important and such an integral part to me that even if I am sitting idle for a second or browsing the internet I feel like I am wasting my precious time which can be well spent on reading a book instead.

I don’t know the reason as to why I feel this way but I do feel like if I ever stop reading my world will collapse the very instant. I believe it is better to lose myself into a world that doesn’t exist but is at least an immense source of comfort.

I think if I don’t, all the lies and make beliefs I tell myself to keep going from one day to another will reveal their selves, and confront me telling how my reality is nothing but a bunch of fake scenarios I keep making in my head to survive these long days and even longer nights. It might disclose to me about how everything I hold dear is just a hoax, and it is time to let go of it, for my own good.

But maybe I am not strong enough to do it, to let go, not right now, and maybe never.

I can’t stop reading because I am not prepared to face my own actualities. I am too afraid to deal with my own lies.

Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom ❤ (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

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1)      My thoughts are not your thoughts

Neither are your ways my ways

For as the heavens are higher than the earth

So are my ways higher than you ways

And my thoughts higher than you thoughts

(God – Book of Isaiah)

 

2)      Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. –Reb

 

3)      My grandparents did these things. My parents, too. If I take the pattern and throw it out, what does that say about their lives? Or mine? From generation to generation, these rituals are how we remain… connected. –Reb

 

4)      There is no room for cynicism in this (God’s) line of work. –Reb

 

5)       God: Stop celebrating. For those were my children, too.

I think it is the first time I’ve heard that God might love the “enemy” as well as us.

 

6)      In any conversation, I was taught, there are at least three parties: you, the other person, and the Lord.

 

7)      When you come to the end, that’s where God begins. –Reb

 

8)      Most religions warn against war, yet more wars have been fought over religion than perhaps anything else. Christians have killed Jews, Jews have killed Muslims, Muslims have killed Hindus, Hindus have killed Buddhists, Catholics have killed Protestants, Orthodox have killed pagans, and you can run that list backward and sideways and it would still be true. War never stops; it only pauses.

 

9)      Reb (on wars): God does not want such killings to go on

Mitch: Then why hasn’t it stopped?

Reb: Because man does

 

10)   ‘He sleeps in a storm’: If we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have.’ We can sleep in a storm.

 

11)   Much of what we called “depression” was really dissatisfaction, a result of setting a bar impossibly high or expecting treasures that we weren’t willing to work for.

 

12)   He knew why he was here: to give to others, to celebrate God, to enjoy and honor the world he was put in. his morning prayers began with “Than you, Lord, for returning my soul to me.”

When you start that way, the rest of the day is a bonus.

 

13)   Women: Poor child, you haven’t got a home.

Little Girl (with accompanied by her family): But we do have a home. We just don’t have a house to put it in.

 

14)   Mitch: You’re like that biblical quote. What profits a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul.

Reb: That’s Jesus.

 

15)   Getting old, we can deal with. Being old is the problem. –Reb

 

16)   Mitch: But what if someone from another faith won’t recognize yours? Or wants you dead for it?

Reb: That is not faith. That is hate.

 

17)   If the only thing wrong with Moses is that he’s not yours; if the only thing wrong with Jesus is that he’s not yours; if the only thing wrong with mosques, Lent, chanting, Makkah, Buddha, confession or reincarnation is that they’re not yours – well, maybe the problem is YOU.

 

18)   Mitch: When someone from another faith says, God bless you, what do you say?

Reb: I say, Thank You, God bless you, too.

Mitch: Really?

Reb: Why shouldn’t I?

I went to answer and realized I had no answer. No answer at all.

 

19)   I walked a mile with Pleasure;

She chatted all the way;

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say

 

I walked a mile with Sorrow,

And ne’er a word said she;

But, oh! The things I learned from her.

When Sorrow walked with me

–          Robert Browning Hamilton

 

20)   You are not your past. –Pastor Henry

 

21)   When you give, you get. –Reb

 

22)   Reb: You know, we have a tradition. When you go to a funeral, you’re supposed to stand by the coffin and ask the deceased to forgive anything you’ve ever done. (He made a face.) Personally, I don’t want to wait that long.

 

23)   Reb: Mitch, it does no good to be angry or carry grudges. It churns you up inside. It does you more harm than the object of your anger.

Mitch: So let it go?

Reb: Or don’t let it get started in the first place.

 

24)   Reb: You know, in our tradition, we ask forgiveness from everyone – even casual acquaintances. But with those we are closest – wives, children, parents – we too often let things linger. Don’t wait, it’s such a waste.

 

25)   Nothing haunts like the things we don’t say.

 

26)   I am neither better nor smarter, only luckier. And I should be ashamed of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it.

 

27)   Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.

 

28)   God was there before number one. :’)

 

29)   The only whole heart is a broken heart.

 

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Quotes

Don’t Die.. </3

My most favorite part from the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This made me cry, and such a thing never happens with me. But this was just too sad. *Sigh*

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As we held each other, Jai whispered something in my ear.

“Please don’t die.”

It sounds like Hollywood dialogue. But that’s what she said. I just hugged her more tightly.

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Pausch hugging his wife Jai at the lecture..
Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

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1)      If you dispense your own wisdom, others often dismiss it; if you offer wisdom from a third party, it seems less arrogant and more acceptable.

2)      When you are screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.

3)      No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

4)      Time Management:

1-      Time must be explicitly managed, like money

2-      You can always change your plan, but only if you have one

3-      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things?

4-      Develop a good filing system

5-      Rethink the telephone

6-      Delegate

7-      Take a time out

5)      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things? You may have caused, goals, interests. Are they even worth pursuing?

6)      Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.

7)      Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put in complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.

8)      Treat the Disease, Not the Symptoms

9)      If at First You Don’t Succeed… Try, Try a cliché.

10)   Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

11)   It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit… and keep moving forward.

12)   Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

13)   A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.

14)   One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.

15)   Halfhearted or insincere apologies are often worse than not apologizing at all because recipients find them insulting.

16)   Proper apologies have three parts:

1-      What I did was wrong.

2-      I feel badly that I hurt you.

3-      How do I make this better?

17)   Rights have to come from somewhere, and they come from the community. In return, all of us have a responsibility to the community. Some people call this the “communitarian” movement, but I call it common sense.

18)   When we are connected to others, we become better people.

19)   I’d always thought father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, it’s real. Sometimes, she looks at me and I just become a puddle.

20)   A parent’s job is to encourage kids to develop a joy for life and a great urge to follow their own dreams.

21)   As we held each other, Jai whispered something in my ear.

“Please don’t die.”

It sounds like Hollywood dialogue. But that’s what she said. I just hugged her more tightly.

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25 And Counting

Bruno Mars & Ed Sheeran

Dear All,

I think I have somewhat seen one of the most amazing days in my life. On 8th August, 2013, in St.Louis, two of my most favorite and superbly talented musicians kicked it off on the stage. Yes I am talking about none other than Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran came to Bruno Mars’ Moonshine Jungle Tour concert in St.Louis and jammed with him on stage. Ed sang his The A Team and Bruno sang Nothing On You. It was one of the most magical moments.

Of course I wasn’t there as I live nowhere near any city Bruno is performing on his tour but we have YouTube and some awesome people who post videos of their experience. I want to thank every single one of them for posting stuff so that people like us, the less fortunate, get a chance to see two of the most incredible people who need no blah auto tune to make them sound great.

I am just so happy I can’t explain. *tears of joy rolling down*

I am posting some pictures and a video of their performance.

Enjoy!!! 😀

PS. None of the following content is my own.

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This is what i woke up to on Eid morning :’) E-Panda (Eric Hernandez, Bruno’s drummer and older brother) posted this on his Instagram!!
Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding & Ed Sheeran!! *tears of joy!!*
Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding & Ed Sheeran!! *tears of joy!!*
Ed Sheeran hugging Bruno Mars after performing together!! ;') :') ❤❤
Ed Sheeran hugging Bruno Mars after performing together!! :’) :’) ❤❤
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Of course I am going to fangirl about how gorgeous my monkey man looked!!! ❤❤
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His crazy laugh ❤, His hair, His everything!!! He is just PURFECT!!!

 

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And Bruno tweeted this!!

 

VIDEO: And here is the link to the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqwof5hNmhc

Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Reef by Nora Roberts (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

The funny thing about some of these are that they’re quite similar to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire. 😀 People who have read the books or watched the series will notice!! 😀

Enjoyy! 🙂

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1)      Time, current, storms – they spread things out. –Mathew Lassiter

 

2)      Losing the grip on emotions made a man vulnerable, caused him to make foolish mistakes. –Silas VanDyke

 

3)      Present – The now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. –James Joyce

 

4)      I’m never working to make ends meet again, never doing what needs to be done and forgetting what I want. –Mathew Lassiter [Most favorite quote ❤]

 

5)      But the night was wild and full of voices.

 

6)      Lassiters always pay their debts.

 

7)      I’ll take what is mine. –Mathew Lassiter

 

8)      I had the mistaken belief that common sense would outweigh lust. –Tate Beaumont

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Book Review, Books

Review – The Reef by Nora Roberts (Book)

The Reef by Nora Roberts largely revolves around diving, salvaging and revenge.

The story starts with introducing a well known salvager family The Lassiters, James (father), Mathew (son) and Buck (uncle). In an unfortunate event James loses his life while looking for an exotic treasure, Angelique’s Curse, an amulet believed to be cursed.

Mathew refuses to accept it was an accident and believes his father was killed.

The remaining two Lassiters meet the Beaumonts, Tate – a Marine Archeologist and her parents, and form a partnership in salvaging the amulet. Mathew holds back information about his past which leads their partnership in jeopardize when the assumed killer of his father surfaces with Bad News written all over him.

It is a story of loss, despair, danger and love.

It is nicely written but by the almost-middle of the book part of it gets boring. Though after that as the story unfolds after every chapter, it gets more and more interesting.

It was a good book. 🙂

I would rate it 3.5 out of 5

Feel free to comment or share your views about the book! 🙂

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Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – River’s End by Nora Roberts (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

Enjoy!! 🙂

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1)      The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

–          Robert Frost

2)      Deep into that darkness peering, long

I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal

Ever dared to dream before.

–          Edgar Allan Poe

3)      Sam Tanner was mad… Mad with jealousy, with drugs, with desperation. Now he’d destroyed the object of his obsession.

4)      He wondered how it was possible that he’d never stopped loving her and what either of them, both of them, were going to do about it. –Noah Brady

5)      I’ve never been the same. -Noah Brady

6)     Noah:  ‘So how about a date when we get back?’

Olivia: ‘Excuse me?’

Noah: ‘A date, you know. Dinner, a movie, making out in my rental car.’

Olivia: ‘I thought you’d be heading back to L.A. soon.’

Noah: ‘I can work anywhere. You’re here.’

7)      I keep trying to take a step back from you. You keep moving forward. –Olivia MacBride

8)      Noah’s Mum: ‘And you can wipe that smirk off your face right now, young man.’

Noah: ‘Sorry. I thought I heard you say something about you being quiet.’

Mum: ‘I’ll ignore that, and tell you how much I appreciate you choosing a woman I can admire, respect and love.’

Noah: ‘I didn’t choose her. I think I ran out of choices the minute I saw her.’

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