What I Learned - Appetite by Anita Cassidy (Blog Tour)
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this fantastic book by the lovely people at Red Door Publishing and asked to be part of their blog tour to coincide with it's release....if you get a chance check out all the other lovely stops on this tour...
I loved everything about this book. It's a few weeks since I finished reading it but the characters have all stayed with me - I will miss the boys, however I am still, all these weeks later, processing how I feel about Naomi...I don't want to give away why, but let me know what you think once you've read the book...
What I Learned:
I actually had a wee tear slide down my face when I went back and re-read this quote after finishing the book. This is so true, and so eloquently put. The wounds inflicted from words are always far harder to recover from. 14 years away from a man who favoured this type of torture and it still often plays in a loop in my head.
...and it's so important you squeeze out that pus otherwise it will cause you much bigger problems in the not too distant future.
***DROPS THE MIKE***
This quote from the ever wise Solange could apply to anything in life, not just teaching. If you are doing something in your life that you have stopped believing is worth doing, maybe it is time to stop, take a step back, a deep breath and re-examine. Maybe its time for a change, or maybe it's just time to remind yourself of all the things you loved about it in the first place.
It takes so much more than time to really know a person - and actually sometimes, if you ask me, you don't even need the luxury of time. Sometimes you just meet a person and "get them" straight away. These are the rare people, the people you should hold on to!
Very uncool! Always have something you are interested in, passionate about. That passion will always shine through and maybe even infect others. Never ever apologise or justify your passions. They are yours and life is too short not to do something that makes you smile (although as I am typing that I am processing my feeling about Naomi again...I need to add that you should pursue those passions only if they are not detrimental to the people around you that you care about, or indeed ultimately detrimental to yourself)
I love this quote... and actually when I stopped and thought about it I can think of a few times in my life when this has happened and it has been truly magical!
FOMO!! Love it! I have a dog and a teen who suffer from this affliction!
So I am about to hit you with a cliché, but it is a cliché because it is true. Only you are the master of your own destiny. Only you can choose how you react to the external events in your life. Only you can choose to make the changes in your life that will take you to where you want to be and the person you want to be. Have a look around you - what is it that's stopping you from making all your dreams come true? What little thing can you do today to start the changes?
I think we've all been in a place where we need reminded of this, heck, in fact, I think I might be there right now!
How much easier would life be if we could just summon that montage?!!!! My version of this is a notebook where I jot down the good things, the nice things, the positives. When the hard days come this magical book is there in place of the illusive montage. It can be a reminder of why I am struggling on, or just on reading something nice someone has said, a reminder that I am worth the effort it takes to make life better!
This is just a brilliantly wise passage - and when you really stop and think about it completely true1
A timely reminder that it happens to all of us - again another good reason for my wee magical notebook!
Just gorgeous - and so true. This goes back to your passion shining through and people being drawn to it - even if you help make one person's day brighter your work here is done!
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous book, and despite having finished reading it weeks ago now the characters have really stayed with me. The boys in particular, but still all these weeks later I am really not sure how I feel about Naomi. The words selfish, self-serving and narcissistic spring to mind for her, which is harsh on my part because ultimately she is really just insecure and miserable and her behaviour is really only damaging herself. It's strange because I wanted to like her but I am really struggling to conjure up some sympathy and good feeling towards her that is really rare for me! (A testament to how well written she is!). However the boys, well, despite having a tough time in their own separate ways they really step up and become heroes in their own lives, and actually as a result, heroes in other lives too. I love both of them in their own ways, and actually, Anita Cassidy if you are reading this, I would love spin off books about both - a prequel of Matthew's big adventure just prior to us meeting him in this book, and a "David" self-help book written 5 years after we meet him in this story - I have been thinking about these things a lot!
Anyway, I would highly recommend you go out and grab yourself a copy of this book - I guarantee it is unlike anything else you will have read!
About The Author
Having enjoyed a successful career in recruitment and advertising and begun to raise her children, Anita started writing in 2012 during NaNoWriMo.
Anita divides her time between London and Kent and is currently writing another novel focussing on the intersections between work, love and life, covering issues such as family and self vs community, BDMS and polyamory and I can't wait to read it. Her writing both challenges and entertains.
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