What I Learned - One Day by David Nicholls
I'm really late to the party with this one, and it's simply gorgeous. Although my copy ended up a bit soggy from the mascara laden tears dripping off my chin onto the pages.
What I Learned:
I love everything about this sentiment. Isn't that all we can really hope for - the opportunity to leave our wee mark on our little bit of the world.
This made me smile and took me right back to my youth. I was forever making mix tapes and when I listen back they absolutely reflect my mood at the time. The modern playlist equivalent doesn't feel quite the same. I think all of us of a certain age spent at least a couple of Sunday afternoons recording the charts in the hope that the dj wouldn't speak over our favourite song!
Never a truer word spoken. If you're not proud of it, and want to shout all about it from the rooftops, then why? Time is precious so spend it in a way that matters.
I actually shouted my daughter through and read this out to her. This is her to a T! Huge stationery fetish. She takes it a step further - some of her notebooks are far to precious to actually write in!
Not always, but sometimes! Not the special, well made, well cared for ones. They last a lifetime!
I need to get a hold of this book. It resonates because it's completely true. How often do we miss the great important thing at the time only to look back later and realise how special it was. Despite our best efforts life makes it so hard to truly be in the moment and appreciate the specialness.
I see here one of life's most important gifts...the gift of eternal optimism. Essential to get us through the day.
...and doesn't this just make him one of the greatest fathers out there. Our children are our greatest legacy so lets do everything in our power to make them proud.
Isn't this just the perfect description of living with grief on a day to day basis. You just never know when the plunge will come.
This is my 15 year olds daughter reality at the moment, and the stress it causes is heart-breaking to watch. I'm trying to explain to her that if she just tries to ensure that she is studying and doing what she loves then the rest should fall into place.
Perfect advice for life. In this hectic fast paced world I think we would all do well to remember this lesson.
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can't say enough good things about this amazing, gorgeous and clever book.
Stopping in with 2 people on one day every year over the course of 20 years is such an brilliant premise and it's so incredible cleverly done - we get a real sense of everything that is happening in these 2 characters life from this little snippet, glimpse into their story once a year! Amazing.
I'm not going to say too much because, despite the fact that this has been made into a movie, I still had no idea what was going to happen and this made the reading all the better for me.
I love all the reference to some truly amazing books too, and the opening line is one of the best I have ever read.
Drop everything and read this book right now!
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