Book of the week| Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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Hello everyone. I hope you’re doing great. So recently, I’ve been going through a reading slump for no reason. It’s been on and off. Every time I read, I can’t seem to get into the book. So I’ve decided to buy a different genre to read, because I honestly read a lot of fantasy books, and I felt sort of stuck on one type of stories. And you know, as they always say, sometimes, all you need is a change. So I picked up Wonder.

Wonder tells the story of August Pullman. An extraordinary ten year old boy who was born with facial disfigurement, which prevented him from going to school like any normal kid. August has been homeschooled his entire life, due to the complicated and tough surgeries he’s gone through. One day, August’s parents decide that it’s time for their son to go to school. So will the odds ever be in August’s favor?

The story is told through seven different perspectives. August, his sister, Olivia, his friends, Jack, Summer, Olivia’s friend, Miranda, Olivia’s boyfriend Justin, and the last one is Julian. I really loved reading about August through the characters’ voices. Each one of them reacted differently. But the most one I felt sympathetic for is Olivia. She spent her life in August’s shadow, not that she doesn’t love him or even care about him, it’s just the fact that her parents concentrated on her brother more than her. She felt embarrassed by people judging her brother’s face. And at times, she got frustrated and it felt like her brother’s situation is too much to handle.

As august goes to Beecher Prep, (He is in the fifth grade by the way) he finds it hard to blend in, and communicate with normal kids, even though he feels normal on the inside, he feels completely different on the outside. The principle of the school and the teachers were very welcoming to August, but the kids around him felt terrified by his disfigured face, and avoided him most of the time. Until the principal chose three students, Jack, Jullian, and summer and made them accompany him at school so he won’t feel abandoned or alone. Jack didn’t like hanging out with August. He felt forced, and shocked when he saw his face, but then he got along with him. But Jullian, was really against the idea of being a friend to August. He always liked being the center of attention at school, so he thought that befriending August would lessen his popularity, which is totally unacceptable to him. Unlike Jack and Jullian, Summer was really thoughtful. She didn’t want August to feel like an outsider, so she didn’t really mind hanging out with him. She had many conversations with him, and whenever Jack and Jullian talked about how terrifying his face is, she would stop them and tell them to be nicer to him.  As the story goes on, we get to know more about August and how he copes at his new school with his friends. Oh, and as much as I would really like to talk about the whole book in details, I also don’t want to ruin the opportunity for you guys to read it.

“Some things you just can’t explain. You don’t even try. You don’t know where to start. All your sentences would jumble up like a giant knot if you opened your mouth. Any words you used would come out wrong.”

This is pretty much how I feel by describing this book. It literally snapped me out of my reading slump. I read different views about it, but I never thought the story would be so powerful and emotional. It will make you feel sad, laugh, cry, and sob in a good way. It’s the kind of a book that you won’t be able to put down once you start reading it. So many warm feelings in this book. It’s an insightful and astonishing story that sheds some light on important topics. Like bullying, courage, love, friendship and family.

Five lessons I learned from this book:

1- People can be mean, judgy, and not acceptable sometimes. But if they put themselves in the same harsh situation, they would understand.

2- Being courageous in this world is not an easy thing, and if you want to be one, you have to tell the truth no matter how hard it is.

3-  Having a supportive and loving family can get you through many life obstacles.

4- It doesn’t matter how we look like. All it matters is the beauty in our souls.

5- Fitting in is quite boring when you’re born to stand out.

The overall message of this story is to be kind no matter what. To choose kindness over being right. And by being kind, the world  would be a better place filled with kindness rather than hate.

“Be Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”

Feeling lost

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like you have no idea what to do with your life? No idea about who you want to become? You feel like you’re stuck at some point, and lost track of yourself? You don’t know what makes you happy and motivated anymore?

Feeling lost is so confusing, and depressing sometimes. It’s like you’re walking around, carrying a heavy weight on your shoulders and trying to find a way to get rid of it every single day. And when you try to forget about it, people start asking you, So what’s next? What’s your plan after school/college? Did you get a job? Then you feel like a failure, who has no charge over their life. It’s quite an overwhelming and terrifying feeling. Especially when there’s nothing exciting anymore. Everything is dull and repetitive. You live the same day over and over, wishing you could find an answer for what you’re feeling. But this feeling could be a chance for you to find whatever you’re looking for, if you just take a moment, try to understand yourself, and be aware of it.

Try to think of this phase as ” A journey of self discovery ” rather than feeling lost. Find out your interests. Cling to whatever makes you feel alive. Reconnect with yourself. Write whatever comes to your mind. Don’t fear an idea. Every time you feel bewildered, take a deep a breath, and ask yourself; What do I really want to do? And if you don’t find a solid answer, it’s okay, you’re not alone in this. Just keep going through your journey. Explore the world by any way possible. Don’t limit yourself to a one thing. Pay a close attention to everything around you. The songs you hear, the books you read, the conversations you have with people or even hear. You never know where your inspiration might come from. Don’t be afraid to take a completely different path, because it’s not what everyone expected from you. Ignore what people think about you. Don’t forget throughout your journey to enjoy discovering yourself. And always remember, you have the power to choose what do you want do with your life, and who you want to become.

What’s the point of living if we don’t try out new things? There’s a great joy in feeling lost. You basically have nothing to lose. So many things to do, and experience. You’re on one path, but there are tons of different paths you haven’t figured out yet. You don’t have to make huge changes, just little ones that will make you feel better about yourself.  There’s a strange beauty in not knowing what comes next. Once you embrace this time of your life, I promise you, wonderful things are going to happen.

24 things I’ve learned in 24 years

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1- It’s okay to outgrow people who hold you back.

2- When life gives you bad days, it’s just a reminder to appreciate the good ones more.

3- Everything is temporary.

4- Chocolate is a good therapy for the soul.

5-  What people think, or say about you is none of your business.

6- You can learn a lot about people by listening to what they say.

7- You can find comfort in books.

8- Pleasing people is impossible.

9- There’s nothing wrong with liking your own company.

10- Have faith in yourself.

11- Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone.

12- Forgiving people doesn’t mean you’re weak, it just means you’re more mature than them.

13- Home is where the good coffee is.

14- Do more of what you like.

15- You are capable of doing more than you can imagine.

16- Write down your late night thoughts, they can be interesting.

17- Do more crafts.

18- Use your fear as a fuel for motivation.

19- Trust your instincts.

20- Avoid negative people.

21- Sometimes, things don’t go your way.

22- Mistakes make you a better person.

23- There’s no point in worrying.

24- Be more understanding of others.

Book of the week: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.


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Good morning all. Today I’ll talk about Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Audrey is a 14 year old girl who wears black glasses all the time to avoid making eye contact with other people. She has two brothers, Frank, her older brother who’s literally obsessed with video games, and Felix the younger one. Audrey has a social anxiety disorder from a terrible incident that has happened in her school, which has forced her to be home schooled.

As the story goes on, Audrey meets her brother’s friend Linus, and as their friendship grows, and deepens, more, they start to connect and fall in love with each others. Linus helps her get through her social anxiety by making her go out more and challenging her to talk randomly with strangers. Even though her family is loud, messy, and fight over silly things all the time, they’re so supportive and loving to each other. It’s a light hearted book and a fast paced read.

 This book discusses a serious matter, but it also reminds people who have social anxiety that they’re not alone in this, they can overcome it by trying, stepping out of their comfort zone slowly, having positive thoughts about themselves, and most importantly, to never let it defines them as a person. The story is written in a realistic, hilarious, and touching way that will warm your heart at the end.