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Absolute Truth, For Beginners

Time is everything. Time is uncertain and certain, kind and unpleasant, longed for and dreaded. Life is made of moments in time and thus, time is inevitable.

I recently just finished reading, Absolute Truth, For Beginners
By Katarina West [http://katarinawest.com]

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“Life (n.) A sitcom with no audience, runs till the day you die.” – Absolute Truth, For Beginners p. 273

This book made me think a lot because I found myself connecting with the main character, a 24 year-old girl uncertain as to where her life is headed. The book starts with Elisabetta arriving at her first job, after over a year of graduating college. She has suffered the post-grad struggle, which I know so well and finally, found something to keep her feet wet, even if it’s not in her field of study, Art History.

Throughout the story, taking place in Italy, a series of events unfold intertwined with the idea of time, love, unhealthy relationships, homosexuality, lack of self love, hopelessness, despair, mental instability and ultimately forgiveness. In just a little over 300 pages I was submerged into a story that really broke my heart.

I thought of how many people, including myself, go through this long period of self-doubt and lack of self-love; swearing on everything that they are the only one’s walking on this unfortunate and long path. I know, because I find myself there at times. Then you pick up a book like  Absolute Truth, For Beginners and you’re reminded that there is someone out there walking a path much similar to yours (maybe even worse and twice as complicated.)

Each reader is different therefore, a book can get interpreted in many ways. For me, this book is a reminder. It reminded me that time is tricky, precious and rare. That life is what you make of it and that love is the hardest puzzle to ever be made…but that there’s someone out there willing to make it with you. You just have to wait for time to be on your side.


 

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*I kindly received the book for my honest review.*

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Differences

The more I read the more fascinated I become with the idea of reading. This idea of putting pause on your life and being teleported to another world for a few minutes or hours can be quite soothing. I have the same feeling towards movies but with books it’s different…it requires a different sort of thought process. Books generate a different reaction from you…with books you submerge yourself deeper into the plot; you disappear into that world and everything around you becomes irrelevant.

The second book I read was A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Everyone knows Nicholas Sparks for his touching love stories.

I personally never read any of his books but fell in love with movies based on his stories (The Notebook & A Walk to Remember.) I’m a sucker for a good love story, the kind that make you sob like a baby or make you cheese super hard because deep inside you wish that was you receiving that passionate kiss. So I picked this book because the movie made me sob like a baby and when I saw it at the bookstore immediately became super excited. I started reading the book thinking I knew exactly what to expect….but WOW was I completely WRONG!

The book and movie have two complete different plots! I was in shock! The movie keeps the general story line (boy falls in love with a girl who happens to have Leukemia,) keeps the names of the characters and even little things here and there from the original plot but everything else completely changed. I can sit here and list 101 differences but I won’t. What’s the point? Differences are everywhere. It made reading the book more exciting even more touching. The book focused on love, faith in God and the idea that even in the most unfairness of circumstances hope and happiness should never be lost. In its own way the movie did the same thing. So instead of focusing on the differences why not focus on the bigger picture?

It’s a theme we should all apply to our lives and something I try to remember everyday. Hope should never be lost because just how Sparks said in the last sentence of his book, “…miracles can happen.”

8 more books to go!  

365 Pages

All over the world new goals and dreams are set into place for 2015. Immediately, 2015 became the year of possibility and hope. January 1, 2015 feels fresh and promising!

On December 31, 2014 we all said goodbye to a year filled with all sorts of accomplishments and failures. We all did it our own way either alone, with family, friends or loved ones. Traditions were set into play: Champagne, 12 grapes, the right color of underwear, everyone has their own. Regardless, it was a celebration, big or small but once the clock turned to 12:00AM it was a new beginning.

Today, we begin to write our book of 365 pages. We smile at the world because we feel unstoppable. Today, we begin to dream big all over again because the air smells fresh with the scent of hope. Today, we try to smile even if we didn’t welcome in the year quite as we wanted because there are better days ahead. Today, we forget about our future hardships because we are excited about the new possibilities. Today, I begin to write my book of 365 pages and it’s starting with a small positive note to you.

Lets not forget what we learned from 2014 and put it into action in 2015. Lets start executing our New Years resolution. Lets do what we can’t see ourselves capable of doing. Lets be great!

Happy New Year!