#pickabookFriday – Tuesdays with Morrie

Hello lovelies, how are you guys? I hope everyone is filled with lively spirit!

It is Friday again or should I say Friyay ^^ I always feel yay-ing on Fridays because it is a moment where I can sit down, pick a book and kind of relax after a week of work. In today’s #pickabookFriday post, I will be talking about another Mitch Albom’s gem:
Tuesdays with Morrie

The story is told from the author’s perspective based on his life experience and his encounter with Morrie Schwartz, his University professor who is ill from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The author is intrigued by his professor’s attitude towards death and his life lessons leading to a weekly meeting on Tuesday. This story takes its time to unfold yet leaves the reader wanting more. It is such a page turner this one.

In this story, you will see  a lot of focus on character development for both the author and his professor, Morrie. With every page you get to know Morrie a little bit better and connect to this personality and I feel that is a beautiful thing a book could give the reader. Tuesdays With Morrie is a story that will help to remind us to stop and remember what is important in life because tomorrow might never come.

Some beautiful takeaway from this book:

  1. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love,and to let it come in.
  2. Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.
  3. Death ends a life, not a relationship.
  4. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
  5. Love wins. Love always wins.

I think we can all learn something from a good book and I hope this book will enrich you in one way or another.

Have a great weekend guys!

xx, Mielyn

#pickabookFriday – Have a Little Faith

Hello everyone! We have come to the end of the work week (for most of us) and that means it is time for another #pickabookFriday instalment. This week's feature is another Mitch Albom's gem – Have a Little Faith.

Sometimes we all need a little pick me up book and this book fits in just well. Please don't be discouraged by the title of the book with the perception that it might be purely religious. I understand religious books might not be everyone's cup of tea. This is a beautifully written story of a remarkable journey between two worlds – two men, two faiths, two communities – that will inspire you in one way or another.  It is a story about how two distinct men use their faith for survival. In this book, the author reflects on different aspects of life such as  how to endure when difficult things happen, what is heaven, issue of intermarriage, elements of forgiveness, doubting God and the importance of faith in trying times.

Why this book is profound? Mitch Albom pens his magic in this book which successfully delivers the message that there is a profound comfort and hope in believing in something bigger than oneself. Some quotes I would like to share with my readers,

"Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

“You are not your past.”

Although this true story is based on the author's journey, it is a story in which everyone can connect. There is something to take away at the end of the read.

Hope you guys enjoy reading as much as I do. Do share your favourite books in the comments so all of us could be inspired to add more books our collection! Happy Weekend everyone!

xx, Mielyn

#pickabookFriday – The Time Keeper

Hello my lovelies! After a long week, hope you guys having a Friyay to celebrate the hard work you have put into the week. Amongst other things, I feel picking up a book is also a great way to wind down. What’s best than to be inspired by a good book. It’s time for another series of my #pickabookFriday. Today’s winner is The Time Keeper from Mitch Albom.

First of all, I love this author. In my honest opinion, his books have the ability to speak to your heart and reevaluate your inward and outward look of life. I feel sometimes we all need experiences to ground ourselves, don’t you agree?

Coming back to The Time Keeper. It is one of those books despite the farcical sequence, delivers because of its underlying message. The Time keeper is like a fable like story of a man who invented the world’s first clock and eventually became Father Time. Father Time was banished because he was quite literally ahead of time where he listens to the consequences of teaching man to count time.

“Soon man will count all his days, and then smaller segments of the day, and then smaller still – until the counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost.”

This is a story about the meaning of time.

It is not easy to imagine a world without time. However, the more we count time that can be done in various ways, the more misery it creates.

“Man alone measures time. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear no other creature endures, A fear of time running out.”

I feel it is a great book for all of us especially in this fast paced aged. Now I gave you a teaser, go check the book up. You will think about time in a different way.

Have a great weekend guys.

xx, Mielyn Grace

#pickabookFriday – The Little Prince

People who read, raise your hands. 🙂 Hi everyone, it is the last day of our weekday and we are gearing towards the weekend! Hooray!

Reading is an activity that is very close to my heart. It literally brings me to a place where I could just be immersed in an alternative reality. To put into perspective, I spend around 20 minutes in a clothing store but could easily spend 2 hours in a bookstore. That’s how much I love being surrounded by books. In a world where everything is getting extremely busy, it could be challenging to sit down and actually read something. However, there is nothing more rewarding than keeping our minds agile. I am a big advocate for people to pick up reading. I believe knowledge empowers you. It doesn’t matter what type of books you read (I mean books not tabloid magazines), you will keep firing those neurones in your brain to keep it active. A active mind leads to a better overall wellbeing. Thus, #pickabookFriday is where I will talk briefly about a book I’ve read in the hope that it would inspire everyone to take up this meaningful activity. 🙂
In this first post of this series, I chose The Little Prince. It is my favourite book mainly because of the strong messages embedded in it which I could relate to at any stage of my life. This lovely book is packed with beautiful metaphors and analogy. It discusses the different roles people assume in life, the varying characters of humans, different perspective in looking at life issues and most importantly friendship and love.  No matter what stage of life you are at, you will definitely take away a meaningful message. The beauty of this book lies in its ability to ignite inner reflection on what is important for you. I believe it is a book that will appeal to anyone.
There are many insightful moments in the book but one quote stood out from the rest:

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes”
What are the most beautiful things for you?

Happy reading everyone and have a great weekend!


xx, Mielyn