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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I am still sick, so I am at home in bed celebrating New Year´s eve by myself. I was never a New Year´s kinda of girl, so I don´t mind. I am actually enjoying a night by myself. Being the introvert that I am, after spending so much time with my family during Christmas, this is just what I need. 

I know most of you are getting ready to celebrate New Year´s eve, so I will not write a whole lot  more, but leave you with quotes to keep in mind for the new year. Quotes I will try to live by myself in the coming year♥

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Stay safe, and enjoy your evening♥

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Keep calm and go to Paris

Some kind of stomach flu has been going around in my family the last week, and now I seem to have gotten it. So as I sit with a blanket around me, feeling a bit sorry for myself, I think about my life a year ago and getting sentimental over pictures like these:

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I guess it is all a part of the holiday blues I am bound to experience this time of year. 

Enjoy your sunday – I will focus on getting better, while reading a good book♥

 

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The voice of a blogger

A couple of days ago, I read an interview with Joy Cho, who is a graphic designer, blogger and entrepreneur. When asked about her best advice for new bloggers and how they could set themselves apart from other bloggers, she gave this answer:

“Stay true to what you are interested in and what you want to share with the world. It can be tempting to see what successful bloggers post and try and follow what they do, but the world doesn’t need more blogs that are similar to what already exists. Create what’s you and find what makes you different than everyone else. I know it’s easier said than done, but remember that everyone has something to share and that can inspire others”.

Lately I have been having a hard time not follow to closely in the footsteps of other bloggers, I admire. I sometimes feel like I don’t know what my voice is. It is important to be inspired, but it is even better to stay true to yourself, and try to combine your own unique voice, with whatever inspirer you. This blog is and has to be a reflection of who I am.

In a way it makes sense to me why I do not feel like my blog is totally me at the moment. Because I don’t feel like me and is quite unsure at what direction my life is taking right now. 2014, what will it bring to me? And more important, what will I bring to it? My uniqueness, my view on the world and my voice is going to bring a chance to the world. Not the copy of someone else, someone else´s view on the world, someone else´s voice. I have to keep that in mind, though I might be scared♥

A very good thing about inspiration though, is that it often leads to self-reflection. To blog post like this and hopefully to some form of inspiration to others. And it often helps me get out of a rut like the one I seem to be in right now. I know it is all part of a process, and I am convinced that once we are past the New Year, everything will feel much better.

Dear readers, do you know what you uniqueness is? Your voice? 

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found on pinterest♥

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The Uncommon reader

Yesterday, in between getting ready for Christmas and spending time with my family, I managed to start reading “The uncommon reader” by Alan Bennett. I have had it for quite some time, and thought that Christmas was the perfect time for reading some of the books, which have just been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time.

A book about reading – perfect! It tells the story about the queen of England, and what would happen if she started reading all the time. Neither the English people nor her own staff thinks this is a good idea, and wants her to stop reading so much, and especially so publically. The book focuses on the meaning of reading, and how literature can teach the reader something about the human mind, or can simple be just mere entertainment.

The queen is, at the beginning not a great reader, but with the help of Norman, a “kitchen boy”, she soon gets introduced to a lot of different authors and more and more worlds are now opening to her.

Read it, if you like books on reading, writing and authors or just enjoy a good story.  

I have found some quotes that might give you an idea what the book is about. 

 “Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met within the pages of their novels, and were as much creatures of the reader’s imagination as the characters in their books. Nor did they seem to think one had done them a kindness by reading their writings. Rather they had done one the kindness by writing them”

“I would have thought,” said the prime minister, “that Your Majesty was above literature.” 
“Above literature?” said the Queen. “Who is above literature? You might as well say one is above humanity.”

“The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something lofty about literature. Books did not care who was reading them or whether one read them or not. All readers were equal, herself included. Literature, she thought, is a commonwealth; letters a republic. Actually she had heard this phrase, the republic of letters, used before, at graduation ceremonies, honorary degrees and the like, though without knowing quite what it meant. At that time talk of a republic of any sort she had thought mildly insulting and in her actual presence tactless to say the least. It was only now she understood what it meant. Books did not defer. All readers were equal and this took her back to the beginning of her life. As a girl, one of her greatest thrills had been on VE night when she and her sister had slipped out of the gates and mingled unrecognized with the crowds. There was something of that, she felt, to reading. It was anonymous; it was shared; it was common. And she who had led a life apart now found that she craved it. Here in these pages and between these covers she could go unrecognized.”

“It was reading, and love it though she did, there were times when she wished she had never opened a book and entered into other lives. It had spoiled her. Or spoiled her for this, anyway”

“To begin with, it’s true, she read with trepidation and some unease. The sheer endlessness of books outfaced her and she had no idea how to go on; there was no system to her reading, with one book leading to another, and often she had two or three on the go at the same time.” 

 

Enjoy♥

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How to make it in Paris

How to make it in Paris

It is no secret that I am a very big fan of Kanako Kuno, so I was very pleased when I found the interview above with her. A year ago, I had just come back from Paris to celebrate Christmas with my family, and I find my self reminiscing about my time in Paris, and how it was the begining of a lot of things. This blog for instance and my heartfelt wish to become a writer(which I had been to scared to admit to myself before). I made some good friends in Paris as well, and I know that I am not likely to see them often which makes me sad, but also grateful that I even had the chance to spend time with these amazing people. 

Tonight I will decorate the Christmas tree with my sister, listen to Christmas carols and perhaps watch a movie and read in a book. Chocolate and tea is a must, and so is being grateful for what I have, and what is to come.

What are you grateful for this year? 

Merry Christmas everyone♥

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Christmas presents

I just ordered two books as a Christmas present to myself, even though I promised myself not to keep buying books, since I don´t have room for them. But somehow it does not matter that much. I think it would be asking too much, to give up buying books completely♥

The first one is “How to be a Heroine – or, What I´ve Learned from Reading Too Much” by Samantha Ellis and the second one is Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. Both books, that I am looking forward to reading very much. 

 

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My little library and 2014

When I started this blog more then a year ago, I was not sure where I was going with it. I just knew that I wanted to inspire people, and to have a place where I could express myself – have a creative outlet. 

It is almost 2014, and I know I want to take this blog somewhere else. I am just not sure where yet. What I do know though, is that 2014 will be filled with books, travels, laughter and other amazing things which will inspire me, and take this blog in the direction that I want it to take. 

At a workshop today, I spoke to a women who had just come back from living 4 years in London, which again got me thinking about leaving my comfort zone, and jumping into the unknown…

Have a lovely Thursday dear readers♥

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 By Kanako Kuno