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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard
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The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours
by Michael Cunningham (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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So many good quotes in this book!!! I was quite dark, but full of hope too.
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A Story of Debt by Ashley Riordan
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If You Can Trust an Impostor by Ashley Riordan
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If You Can Trust an Imposter by Ashley Riordan
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Drunk on Creativity by Ashley Riordan
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Minimalism by Ashley Riordan
Minimalism: Essays
by Ashley Riordan
read in August, 2014
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Great essay collection on minimalism!

I really connected to a lot that Ashley wrote about and her essays gave me a lot of ideas on things to change in my life.
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“A pretty sight, a lady with a book.”
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“Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
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Donna Tartt
“The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.”
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“I am now at a time of life when I can look back on the past, for my soul has been refined in the crucible of interior and exterior trials. Now, like a flower after the storm, I can raise my head and see that the words of the Psalm are realised in me: "The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up on the water of refreshment. He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice for His own Name's sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils for Thou are with me."[6]”
Thérèse, Saint de Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

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