How has this past year been for all of you? It has been incredibly tough for me; I went through a ton of pain and wept a ton of tears. Things just kept on turning out terribly for me this year, but hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
Shout out to all my good ol' friends (Mel, Rachel, Sam, Hilda, Joie, Natalia-oneechan) in this blogging community! You are all awesome, and even though some of you don't regularly blog anymore (I don't either, eek!), and some of you still do, I wish you girls the best for the new year.
Honourable Mentions for 2014
● The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran ●
This is one of those books that really changes your life. It is a masterpiece of moral philosophy, and is a collection of poems on numerous aspects of human life, such as 'Joy and Sorrow', 'Love', 'Pain', 'Self-Knowledge', 'Freedom', and more. Whenever I feel like I've lost my way in life, or need a bit of guidance, I reach for this book. This particular edition also features beautiful artwork by Gibran himself. Whether you are in your teens like me, or in your twenties, or forties, I highly recommend this short collection to everyone. Even if your own morality does not perfectly align with Gibran's, it is still a thought-provoking and brilliant work of literature.
● Kafka on the Shore, by Haruka Murakami ●
My first Murakami book, and it absolutely blew me away! The day after returning my library copy, I went to the book store and bought my own. I even have stickies labeling sections that I particularly enjoyed, which I go back and reread every now and then. This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart, because it is psychological fantasy that delves to very complex depths. Also, there are certain sections of it that are really gruesome, so definitely 18+. It is beautifully written, intellectually challenging, and an absolutely amazing read.
● Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn ●
I finally gave in to the 'Gone Girl' hype this November. This book will twist your brain into knots, light it on fire and bam!- blow it to bits. It is all just so...messed up...and sick...but shocking and amazing too. There's really no other way to describe it. I'm not brave enough to watch the movie though, but a friend informed me that it was "pretty well done".
Ushering in 2015
|These aren't necessarily special picks for the new year; they just happened to be at the library today so I took them out, haha!|
● The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne ●
When I was going through a lot of obstacles during 2014, I started searching online for anything that would help me to get back on my feet. One day, I found the website for The Secret, and turns out, it's a self-help book that enables people to unlock and utilize the Law of Attraction to live happier and healthier lives. The mini passages on the website definitely helped me, so I have decided to now read the book itself.
● Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire ●
Remember this?! All of us book bloggers a couple years back will definitely remember this title. The blogosphere was in complete juxtaposition, just like the two words in the book's title. Reviewers either absolutely loved it, or completely hated it. I'm super late on jumping the bandwagon, but definitely curious on which side I'll be falling on.
That's about it for this final 2014 post. Thanks for reading, as always!