20 Quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure

Here are 20 quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure.   1. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” ― Henry David Thoreau, I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau 2. “Failures are the stairs we climb to reach … More 20 Quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure

Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

Think The Fault in Our Stars blended with All the Bright Places – that’s exactly what you get in Lara Avery’s heart-breaking, life-affirming and dazzling novel, The Memory Book. Published last July, it is one of the most underrated books of the year and is a remarkable heart-felt story that will have you laughing and … More Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

The heart of humanity in “The Book Thief”

How do you write a fresh story about the Holocaust? Australian novelist Markus Zusak has cracked it with The Book Thief, which has become a number one international bestseller. Although this book is classed as young adult fiction, I strongly suspect it was written for adults when it was originally published in Zusak’s native Australia. Some … More The heart of humanity in “The Book Thief”

Making things right in Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall”

If you only read one book this year, it should be Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall. This profound story will have you hooked from the get go. Oliver vividly draws a picture of the devastating damage caused by bullying and the ease of which some teens turn a blind eye to this behaviour whilst at … More Making things right in Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall”

The power of love in “Rules of Attraction”

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles is one of my favourite young adult romance novels. It’s a story made beautiful by the love affair, riveting by the plot, hilarious by the characters, and by all accounts, unforgettable. This second novel in Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry trilogy gives us everything we could want: a love that consumes us, passion, … More The power of love in “Rules of Attraction”

“Life of Pi”: a story that will make you believe in God?

I am a massive fan of Yann Martel‘s powerful and beautiful novel, Life of Pi. It is one of my favourite books of all time. Martel gave us a story worth remembering, a story that makes us believe in the impossible, that makes us question our beliefs and, most of all, makes us think twice about … More “Life of Pi”: a story that will make you believe in God?

The simple beauties of life in “The Marble Collector”

As usual, Cecelia Ahern manages to find, and more importantly, to convey the beauty that lies in what is everyday and mundane in her twelfth novel, The Marble Collector. In this case, marbles, shining, delicate and intricately crafted, lie at the centre of a personal journey. A journey that not only makes the characters question … More The simple beauties of life in “The Marble Collector”

11 Times kids proved they were smarter than adults in literature

We see and hear stories all the time about times when young children and kids say something so profound that we become convinced that they truly are smarter than most adults in the world today. Usually something so obvious that young children never know the strength in their own words. I’ve found that it’s sometimes … More 11 Times kids proved they were smarter than adults in literature

Finding the good in “Chasing Olivia”

Chasing Olivia is the second novel in Micalea Smeltzer‘s Trace and Olivia series. It’s a beautiful yet ultimately heartbreaking story that reminds us to always have hope and live our lives to the fullest. Through her series, her characters and their stories, Smeltzer makes us believe in the impossible and the power of love, and Chasing Olivia … More Finding the good in “Chasing Olivia”