Every Book Is A Self Help Book

Welcome Back, Small Bunnies.

As the Pandemic rages on and Instagram remains off of my phone, I thought I’d share with you the most helpful books I’ve read lately.

These aren’t traditional self help books but it is my personal belief that any book is a self help book as long as you’re reading. So without further adieu, here are my recent reads that took my heart – broke it, flirted with it, took it out for a drink, offered it a cigarette and then left without a word in the morning.

Enjoy!

Still Life With Woodpecker

Tom Robbins

What I took With Me:

Remember the important things like how to make love stay and that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood

Favorite Quotes :

“Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not.
Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay?
Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.”

“There’s no point in saving the world if it means losing the moon.”

“Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense. Alone, the world offers itself freely to us. To be unmasked, it has no choice.”

Borne

Jeff Vandermeer

What I took With Me:

What loneliness can do, what lengths you’ll go for intimacy knowing how much it will hurt but going forth undeterred anyway. You choose your family. You can’t change nature. Logic will break your heart forever.

Favorite Quotes:

“but this was always the test of our relationship. Were we symbiotic or parasitic?”

“Am I a person or a weapon?”
Always he wanted to know that he was a person. He just kept giving me different choices so one time I might slip up and say, “You’re not a person.”
“You are a person. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”

Daisy Jones & The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

What I Took With Me:

Remember that everyone has intoxicating evocative presence and magic, even you. Leave this book confidently, longing for music and sunshine and reverence and art.

Favorite Quotes:

“Art doesn’t owe anything to anyone.
Songs are about how it felt, not the facts. Self-expression is about what it feels to live, no whether you had the right to claim any emotion at any time. Did I have a right to be mad at him? Did he do anything wrong? Who cares! Who cares? I hurt. So I wrote about it”

“People say that life keeps moving, but they don’t mention that it does stop sometimes, just for you.”

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

What I took With Me:

Let go of the hate in your heart, the unfairness of your life and the people who slip away. You have no control over anything. You resign yourself to circumstances and you work to make them better and sometimes they are and sometimes they are not. You exist broadly in the minds and hearts of many people and vice versa. Isn’t that a sweet antidote to all the injustice of death of suffering? It’s not a consolation prize but at least it’s something.

Favorite Quotes:

“There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you’d been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you’re suspended knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.”

“We had made a fetish out of our misfortune, fallen in love with it.”

“There would never been an end to all the things I wished I’d asked my father. After so many years I thought less about his unwillingness to disclose and more about how stupid I’d been not to try harder.”

“You don’t have to like your work to be good at it.”

There you go pals.

Have you read anything recently that feels like it altered your DNA or at the very least perspective? Share with me if you did, I’m always on the lookout to get my heart broken.

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