What I Learned - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A beautifully unique magical and enchanting story that will keep you hooked right until the last page - unlike anything else you will have read!
What I Learned:
This is true of anything, absolutely ANYTHING...and by default this means that you can change anything you put effort and energy into, nothing is impossible, you are never stuck. You have the power to change the ending of your story!
If you know your weaknesses you can work on them, or you can find "your people" along the way who could maybe make up for the things you lack. There's always a way.
Belief is at least half the battle.
I'd never thought about this before really, but it's so true. Things matter more when you put them out there for the world to see.
Wow. Us parents would do well to remember that the choice is theirs and theirs alone. Give your kids wings to follow their every dream.
Your dreams are yours and yours alone. Never explain. Never justify. Just go out and live them to the very best of your ability.
Well ain't that the truth. Sometimes the best things are the things we've been dreading the most. So don't make excuses. Go out and do as much as you can. You might just be surprised.
One of the loveliest, most honest passages on loss I have ever read.
...and sometimes it's really hard to take that step back and look at it from a different perspective. But no matter how hard it is worth trying. Things are rarely as bad as you think.
What a beautiful concept. And true. Everything you've done and experienced has brought you to now, and is taking you to the now of your future.
...so have faith that even if you don't necessarily understand it, you are moving in the right direction, and you will end up where you are meant to be.
Are we maybe all a little bit guilty of this. Sometimes I think it's the ones with the brightest lights that are the quietest and vice versa. Never hide that light. Shine as bright as you can. There isn't another you anywhere so don't deprive the world of you!
As a confirmed book addict this passage just makes my bookish soul absolutely sing!
(although I can hear my daughters voice in my head screaming "but all those books are wrecked!)
These are wise words. Always be. Never just seem. Follow through. Back it up with actions. Be the way you want to be seen. Life is way too short and precious to fake it.
This made me smile. It's like the smallest, most thoughtful gesture can mean so much more rather than the grandest, most expensive, flashy ones. Worth remembering.
This is all I wish for my daughter. And she's making it happen. Every single day. And I just couldn't be more proud.
I think every person from a small town has felt this at some time or another. This is silly but it makes me think of Belle singing about adventures in the great wide somewhere!
How true is this even without the 'Book Clock'. The pages are always turning. You may not be able to see it but your story is always moving on! And it's exciting!
Oh to have someone feel like this about me :-)
There's a great lesson in here really, isn't there? Holding everyone and everything together is exhausting. And no matter how hard you try the curve balls will keep flying at you like giant hailstones...knocking you out, breaking your glasses, making the ground treacherous under your feet, and no amount of you exhausting yourself will stop that. So maybe it's worth keeping some of that energy for just dealing with what will inevitably happen anyway.
Well this sounds just a little bit too familiar! The right hand side of our stairs have become an impromptu book shelf. And it makes me smile every time I look at it!
This goes back to a couple of quotes ago...so just breathe and go with the flow. There is nothing you can't sort out!
Often that is exactly enough! I just love this idea. You can make anything work if you care enough. And how true of life that sometimes the best things happen just by getting out there and being in the right place at the right time.
There's always something amazing just around the next corner. What is it they say? The best is yet to be!
I know some people who could use a little reminder of this! I am fiercely stubborn and independent (to a fault, I admit it but that's 15 years of single parenting for you!) and some people find it really difficult to comprehend! And don't forget that if she can rescue herself, the day might come when you need a bit of rescuing yourself and you know she will be up to the task !!!
True, and unbelievably sad. How many people like this do you know in life. If only they really looked and saw everything incredible in life.
This is by far my favourite passage in the whole book, heck in any book I've read for a while. It literally gives me goose bumps. And speaks for itself!
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Completely and utterly spell-binding, enchanting and magical, and quite possibly one of the greatest love stories of all time, exploring not only the love of another person but the love and draw of a place. To compare this book to the magic of Hogwarts or the feelings of any of the great love stories would be to do it a disservice as it is entirely unique and really and unlike anything else you will ever read. You will escape into the circus and never, ever want to leave.
In my opinion this book is an instant classic and like few others before it will become a book which is an old favourite on your book shelf that you revisit on a rainy, cold, miserable Sunday year upon year.
I can't wait for more from this exciting, mesmeric author.
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