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Interesting quote I came across and thought I’d put up……I think this applies to several if not all people in my life.

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Books that help me deal with life

I tend to read my way through life. Going through a rough time at the moment and I’m finding solace in conversation, listening to music and reading books. As noted in a previous post I am a real bookworm. Some of the books which have helped me so far are When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold S Kushner and The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, plus any books from the brilliant Chicken Soup For The Soul series by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen.

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I cannot remember when I first picked up my first Chicken Soup book, but I can remember the title of it – Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul. I still refer to it now even though I’m not a teen anymore. The stories from any book in the series give you hope and remind you that you’re never alone.

The Four Agreements is a very simple and easy-to-read book based on four concepts:
Be impeccable with your word

Don’t take anything personally

Don’t make assumptions

Always do your best
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When Bad Things Happen To Good People is about finding peace when the going gets tough. Written by a rabbi who lost his 14-year-old son to an incurable genetic disease, it explores why there is so much pain in the world and how we can find peace despite it.

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I know I will continue to read books of any genre to help me through my tough times. I will explore this topic throughout my blog regularly.

Decisions AKA Being a grownup

Why is it so hard to decide what you want to do after college? Distractions, I suppose, is the major one – running around being a student can be hard, balancing assignments and a social life and so on. I have had a couple of part time positions, both unpaid. I’m 23 and I do wonder sometimes how long it will take me to get a full-time job. I do think I need to start looking though; if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s uncertainty. Think I may have to rely on family for a bit longer though – just thinking about this stuff is kinda unsettling. Feeling very unsettled already really doesn’t help. I’m no good at long-term decisions!

Wish being an adult wasn’t this hard…….!

The Life Of A Bookworm

Ever have the feeling of being so drained your eyes and brain seem to glaze over? I think I’m getting to that point now. Pushing myself to finish the last two big assignments due before the Christmas break is taking its toll. At this point all I want to do is hibernate and read books……lots of them! I’ll read pretty much anything, from classics to chick lit to fantasy and non-fiction such as cookbooks and self-help and biographies. This love of books was instilled in me thanks to my parents, who are both librarians. When I was younger, I read non-fiction pretty much non-stop. Now I try to read an even split between fiction and non-fiction.
Goodreads is very helpful for us bookworms. This is an American site founded in 2006. It allows you to create virtual bookshelves and track what you are reading, the number of books you have read and the number of books you want to read – all under one virtual roof. No more handwritten lists of must-read books, which you’re always losing (oh, the frustration!); Goodreads takes care of it! If you have a book which is not in their database you can add it too. I can read several books in a week if I don’t have anything more pressing to do. The longest time I have ever taken to read a book is two weeks (it was Gone With The Wind). Of course this depends on the book’s length, but like I said, I’ll read anything!