Falling Forward

30 for 30: Re-read 30 Favourites – Books 2-6

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This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite BooksSo far I’ve read 6 out of 30.

2. Berlie Doherty – Tilly Mint & The Dodo

Date Read: 6th July 2013
Rating: 4 stars

Mini synopsis: Young girl takes a trip to a mystery island, meets a dodo.

Read it because: It’s one of the books that stuck with me ever since I read it when I was a little girl. Read it to your children, especially.

3. Douglas Coupland – Girlfriend in a Coma


Date Read: 9th July 2013
5 stars

Mini synopsis: The tales of friends struggling to cope with the loss of a friend, watch out for curve balls.

Read it because: It’s wacky but it’s intriguing and beautiful. If you can suspend disbelief for a bit then you’ll probably enjoy it.

4. Toby Litt – Journey Into Space


Date Read: 
Rating: 4 stars

Mini synopsis: Teenagers in space (unlikely to reach their destination) dream about trees on a planet they never saw.

Read it because: Toby Litt is such an intriguing writer. His books are being released alphabetically and each one has been written in a different genre. How many writers can you name who’ve done that?

5. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones


5 stars

Mini synopsis: Murdered girl can’t stop watching her family from heaven. Will her murderer be caught?

Read it because: Oh, just read it. Whatever you’ve heard about it, whether you think you’ll love it or hate it please just read it. But avoid the film like the plague, that thing was a bloody train wreck.

6. Douglas Coupland – Life After God


5 stars

Mini synopsis: Short stories that intertwine about loss of faith, humanity and being alone.

Read it because: Coupland has a beautiful, distinctive writing style. This is a short book, so a great way to dip your toes in to see if he’s your kind of writer. If you love one, you’ll love them all. (See also: Girlfriend in a Coma)


Grace in Small Things

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  • A fan on a hot day
  • Dreams of swimming pools
  • Disco balls
  • Writing letters
  • Cool showers

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear summer,

Thank you for making such a  heartfelt appearance this year. I always feel better when the days are long, the nights are warm and we can have as many BBQs as we can squeeze in to our weeks (side note: that’s a lot of BBQs just so you know).

I’ll be sad to see you go this year, you’ve been a good one.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.


Grace in Small Things

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  • Booking holidays
  • Beautiful books about your hometown
  • Tissue paper pom poms
  • Solar lights
  • Growing something from scratch

See the whole list here


30 for 30: Rules of Civility

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This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite Books.

1. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

Rating: 5 stars

Mini synopsis: Loves young dream, not meant to be. Glittering high life comes crashing down, yet 1930s New York remains fabulous.

Read it because: It transports you to a world of gin martinis, jazz club dances and sneaking into all manner of soirees.

My favourite quotes:

“Old times, as my father used to say: if you’re not careful, they’ll gut you like a fish.”
“It’s a bit of a cliche to refer to someone as a chameleon: a person who can change his colours from environment to environment. In fact, not one in a million can do that. But there are tens of thousands of butterflies: men and women like Eve with two dramatically different colourings – one which serves to attract and the other which serves to camouflage – and which can be switched at the instant with a flit of the wings.”
“How little imagination and courage we show in our hatred. If we earn 50 cents an hour, we admire the rich and pity the poor, and we reserve the full force of our venom for those who make a penny more or  a penny less.”
“As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion – whether they’re triggered by anger or envy, humiliation or resentment – if the next thing you’re going to say makes you feel better, then it’s probably the wrong thing to say. This is one of the finer maxims that I’ve discovered in life. And you can have it, since it’s been of no use to me.”