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"The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods."
— feeling star
"“I know now what matters, and it is not what I have lost. It is my memories. Wounds heal. Love lasts.” "
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Vianne, one of the main characters, says this in one hof her flashbacks.  I connect with this quote so much, as should we all... what do we remember of our memories, or at least try to?  Love. Even if we try to recall the hurt that we truly felt in a moment, we can conjure some of it to fruition, but it will never be as bold as that first sting; time diminishes the wound. We live and move on.

 

Vianne says this after talking about a troubled time in her life, and searching for love in the wrong places (I'm not placing a spoiler-alert here... you MUST read this book!).

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Although I wasn't sure about this book when I was assigned it as a responsibility for the adult version of "Battle of the Books," I found myself oddly struck by its realness. Although Harold is portrayed as an awkward guy, he is remarkably humble, and many of his stories of inadequacy, heartbreak, and regret/chances not taken are something we all experience (albeit somewhat different from his).  Although it seems outlandish--his spur-of-the-moment pilgrimage--it actually makes sense and the ending is that much more believable.

 

I just found out there's a sequel, but it's written about Queenie, the woman for whom he starts this journey.

Introductions, Introductions

— feeling what?!?
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

 

Pop Quiz... about who else? ..... me!

 

Which of these do you think is true of me as a reader?

1.  I didn't reach my goal of reading 52 books last year (only 42).

2.  I love reading books where a young adult has a life-changing event.

3.  I can't stand horror or scary fiction.

4.  I read most titles out of suggestions from friends.

5. I chose to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry because I'm participating in my first Battle of the Books.

 

That's right... all of them are true!

 

So.... I just started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Awkward.  Just awkward. The whole premise of the book seems so unlikely.... weird word choice.   Anyway, Harold Fry is  a timid, middle-aged married man in England goes on a walking journey to deliver a letter to a long-lost friend he recently discovered is dying... wait for it...  he says:

"as long as I walk, she'll stay alive." 

He seems to think she'll wait for him; the cancer won't kill her, but she'll wait.  So, yes. This book is a little odd.  But, I can't help but feel compelled by this character.  He is so real. Even when he has an awkward conversation from a payphone to his wife, you can't help but feel intrigued and happy for him; he has an enlightened joy and newly found happiness in his purpose... silly as it may be.

 

 I can't help but wonder, as Harold stays in a hotel for an unexpected two-day stay, whether he'll have the stamina to continue... also, he doesn't have the appropriate great... I mean, won't his shoes fall apart?

 

 

 

 

Currently reading

The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah
Progress: 331/448 minutes
Fangirl
Rowell. Rainbow