My Favorite Quotes

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Spring is here, and with it, an abundance of reading and beautiful quotations.

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Here are my favorites:

 

“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream, and support, and do things.” -Amy Poehler

 

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” -Emily Dickinson

 

“Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” -Virginia Woolf

 

“Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.” -Edgar Allan Poe

 

“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simple have something to read as the world crashes down around you.” -Lemony Snicket

 

Let me know what your favorite quotes are, as my list is ever-growing!

If you want to catch up with me elsewhere, you can see me on Instagram and Tumblr.

-Heather

 

 

 

Sometimes the smallest light shines so bright | An unexpected book store

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I visited the Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA, and these were some of the treasures that I found.

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As someone who lives a pretty stagnant life (as in, I work and a library and write in my free time, staying away from parties and roller coasters) I enjoy a little adventure once in awhile. Coming upon this little book mill was completely unexpected and absolutely satisfactory. I was lucky enough to go on a rainy day (as I love the rain) and the cosiness of the environment was at an all-time high. There were creaky floorboards, old windows, and the sound of rushing water from the river behind us. Plants overtook surfaces and books were scattered in disarray. I secretly wondered how difficult the process of getting married here would be.

It was one of those places nestled in the middle of nowhere that is delightful and stays somewhere safe in the back of your mind. I am thinking back to it now, happy that the experience was full of inspiration, and nothing can touch it.

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And I did end up buying books (of course) and one of them was a book I already have a copy of (of course).

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Please leave any comments if you have been to this magical place or if you have suggestions for more magical places like this that I can explore!

 

“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and

paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge

and power. They are, simple put, the best of places.”

-Jen Campbell

February Favorites

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Bee Button – I got this adorable pin while galavanting around Northampton with my friend Emily. She had a matching one, then I bought a bee blouse, and good time was had by all.

Milani Lipsticks (Matte) – Holy cow, these lipsticks are becoming my absolute favorite. They go on easily and aren’t a pain to take off (favorite shade is Matte Passion)

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I am a Very Forceful and Dedicated admirer of Lemony Snicket, so this series was basically all I care about for about six months. I thought it was fantastic, and I binge watched it all and once and then rewatched it again. I’m mostly excited that they are putting so much effort into one of my favorite book series. The casting was impeccable and the acting is excellent. The only criticism I have is that I wish it had that dreary Victorian style that the movie exuded, as it gave off such a dismal mood. But I still loved everything they did with the sets and I am so incredibly ready for the next season.

X-Files – On a much different note, me and my mom have been binge watching X-Files at night. I’m not really sure how this started, but there are so many episodes, so I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. (I want to believe!)

What have you been into this month? I think we are al itching for the weather to warm up so we can go outside, so I’m curious to know what hobbies you’re interested in as well.

-Heather

 

Book Club: February 9th, 2017

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As you may have gathered from my previous post, I reread The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was so magic and wonderful and a beautiful story to dive into during these cold winter days.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already!

Best quote:

“Where there’s life there’s hope.”

I also think it’s one of those stories that you can return to every so often and be charmed over and over again. As for me, I’m nursing a cold and stuck inside due to the feet of snow that are piling up outside my windows. I’m thinking of something a little different for my next read. I love the snow outside, but The Hobbit got me in a spring-y mood. I’m itching for the days that it gets warm in the afternoons and we can maybe plant some new flowers.

(I’ll leave you with another quote from the book because they are all SO good.)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Book Club: December 4th, 2016

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I finally read The Bell Jar. I think I am totally behind on reading this, and I’m so happy I finally bought it and read it.

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How can I explain The Bell Jar? It was sometimes slow, sometimes fast, but most of all, it was sad. I read a lot about Sylvia before I read it, so I knew which parts she was taking from her own life. There were parts that actually made me cry.

There were also times that I felt that the plot fell a bit short, and that the central theme to the book is that the narrator is spiraling into madness, rather than any big events actually happening in her life. It was all very interesting just the same.

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In all, I would give this 3/5 stars. 

Favorite quote from the book:

“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”

 

As for now, I’m giving my brain a break from novels. I speed-wrote one for NaNoWriMo, and I think my mind needs some rest. I’ll probably be dabbling in poetry for a bit.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, you can catch up with me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Book Club | November 6th, 2016

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I have transitioned to poetry this month. Why I had never heard of Anna Akhmatova before is beyond me. She has all the right words that I needed to hear. Her poetry was stunning and I couldn’t put this book of selected works down. I’m so happy that my curiosity got the best of me when I took this out of the library. It was just what I needed.

To be honest with you, I needed a bit of a break from novels. This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo and all that novel writing leaves very little room for novel reading.

This is the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition. These things are so cute. They have many other poets in these tiny little books with their selected works. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend reading.

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The categories of her work were split up from different periods and subjects she was writing about. Having this by my bed made sleepless nights much more bearable. I was in love with the poems that had imagery about the fall and autumn months.

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Because I read through this, I would really love to get a book about her life. I also had a lot of questions about the translation of the poems from Russian to English, and a lovely librarian answered all of them. There are some editions of her work that are split down the page and have the Russian text on one side with the exact translation on the other. I would be really interesting in reading that. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves poetry that is easy to read but has deep meanings behind them. It was a really beautiful collection of work and I’m overjoyed that I picked up this little book.

 

Favorite quote:

 “For this gloomy beast within my breast –
A heart. But the thing is,
We’ve all had to learn not to sleep for three years.
In the morning we shall find out
Who has died in the night.” 

Because some of the subjects and themes were dated and references historical events, I tried to look things up to follow along. There are tones of Stalinism and suppression in many of the poems. This woman is so creative and talented, and to see her struggle with the revolution in Russia was inspiring.

One last thing that I really liked about this, I didn’t have to think too hard. Some poetry that I’ve read from this era is a headache wrapped in ink. I struggle through some of the sentences and metaphors, but this one was straightforward. And that’s not to say that it doesn’t have depth or symbolism, because it does. But she doesn’t try too hard, she is honest and colorful in her descriptions, and that made it very relatable for me. Check out my Goodreads to see what else I’ve read/reviewed!

One more brilliant quote from this lovely genius:

“Wild honey smells of freedom

The dust – of sunlight

The mouth of a young girl, like a violet

But gold – smells of nothing.” 

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Hello, Sunny Day | A Trip to Lenox

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Hello Everyone,

Today I went to Lenox, MA to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was the perfect day for a ride and especially for walking around a historic town. The little shops and cafés were so charming!

I went last fall as well and bought a few things for my dorm. It’s amazing to me that here we are a year later and so much as changed. Because it’s a bit later in the season it was actually empty. There were a few people in the streets, but not nearly as many as there is in late summer/early fall. A lot of the trees still had their leaves and it was wonderful to admire everything without shivering to death. So many of the shops were enchanting, we had to eventually pick and choose which we went into because it was getting so late!

Look at these beautiful bath accessories. It made me wish for a nice hot bath so badly! I have been seeing a lot of white-on-white decor lately. I really enjoy it, very minimal and clean. This packaging is also beautiful.

The best part about Lenox is the shops are so unique, some of them being in historic brick buildings and some being overgrown with plants. I loved walking on the stone streets and enjoying the sights.

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Aren’t these little mouse matchboxes adorable?!

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We also went to one of the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever been to. It was very old and used to be a courthouse.

Here was one of the main rooms that you walked into from the front. The photo unfortunately does no justice. Everything was beautifully preserved and the rooms were gorgeous. If you’ve ever been inside a library like this, let me know where it was. I love discovering new ones.

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So many of the leaves this year are browns and yellows. I think they aren’t as saturated as usual because of our lack of rain this summer, but I love the golden colors. They covered the sidewalks and and decorated the streets, giving the best picture of a New England town in Autumn.

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This is the outside of the library. It was also huge in the back. How incredible! The brick work and architecture was jaw-dropping. We were speechless the whole time inside.

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This was one shot of the main room inside.

If I had a library to go to like this near me, I would be very happy!

I think there is something magic about libraries (did I mention I got a job in one?). Seeing the shelves and shelves of books is incredibly comforting. The world is getting a little crazy and a little scary. But going to a sanctuary like this is a beautiful thing, and we are so lucky that they exist. It was a lovely, lovely place.

 

Have you ever been to Lenox? Let me know your thoughts/suggestions!

-Heather

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