This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about inspiration that can found in our favorite books. I am not one to jot down favorite quotes, so this is a challenge for me.
1. “I knew not to give the best of myself to the worst of people.”
― A.S. King, Please Ignore Vera Dietz
2. “People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever-changing.”
― Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun
3. “Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”
― Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger
4. “Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.”
― Derek Landy, Death Bringer
5. “Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper
6. “I will remember this word,” he said. “Shenanigans. It is a good word.”
― John Flanagan, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
7. “…looking up at the stars, he had accepted life as a medium for action. Something to wield like a tool. One’s own life: an instrument for the shaping of the world.”
― Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters
8. “And life goes on, which seems kind of strange and cruel when you’re watching someone die. But there’s a joy and an abundance of everything, like information and laughter and summer weather and so many stories.”
― Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road
9. “To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
10. “People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.”
― Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life
It’s Friday and I am once again turning to the book I am reading (actually, listening to) for a fantastic find to share with you. Today, it is haikus. Before I started writing this I did a little research on haikus and learned that there are just about a million rules for writing this tiny 17 syllable poem. And purists will argue that just because a poem follows the 5-7-5 pattern that doesn’t mean it is a haiku. Rules, scmules. I have never been able to get down with poetry, but I was inspired by Amber Appleton and Private Jackson from Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Amber, the queen of optimism, befriends a Vietnam vet and they bond over green tea, dogs and haikus. If you are all about traditional haikus, you may not enjoy these. Here a few samples of Amber’s doggie haikus:
A pup will never
Forget to kiss you goodnight
Even when you smell
Dogs have lots of fur
Does that count as wearing clothes
Or are they naked?
True, these are silly, but there as more serious haikus in the book, and they help both Amber and Private Jackson cope with the traumas they have endured.
Here is what Amber says when the lightbulb clicks on for her and she gets why PJ obsessively writes the tiny poems:
“The moment just was-free of the emotions and judgements or any of the other illusionary things we humans feel the need to attach to everything we encounter…I totally got why he had been writing haikus all this time, ever since ‘Nam, training his mind to allow things to exist without all the complicated emotional baggage.
Everything simply is-always and forever.”
˜Amber Appleton, Sorta Like a Rock Star, pgs 196-7
And now I have a new appreciation for poetry. True. So, I gave it a whirl.
Winter in Cleveland
Morning rain gives way to snow
Strange is the norm here
I swear I will never torture you with poetry again! I will still argue that Amber’s are a fantastic find.
I thought I would try something new this year. On Fridays I will share something fantastic that I came across during the week. For my first fantastic find I present a quote from the book I have been listening to this week.
“…I knew not to give the best of me to the worst of people.”
From Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King pg. 197
I don’t think I need to say anything else. I’ll just let you think on that.