Like most of you I'm an avid reader. I'm hoping to re-connect with old friends, make new friends, and of course spread the love of reading and writing around to everyone!
These days I'm all about the magic with a little touch of realism, and this book delivered. It's a short but complex story, that had a great unnamed narrator. However, Lettie Hempstock, her mother, and grandmother were my favorites. I just loved how they warped reality and I think this is a skill I'd like to cultivate myself.
Also there were two quotes that really spoke to me, that I'd like to share:
"I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality I knew was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger. I saw the world from above and below. I saw that there were patterns and gates and paths beyond the real. I saw all these things and understood them and they filed me, just as the waters of the ocean filled me". -p. 143
"I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as grater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy". -p. 149
P.S. I still believe in courage, kindness, and sometimes just a bit of magic!