Sunday, March 22, 2015

Thoughts on The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggger

“I'm sorry. I didn't know you were coming or I'd have cleaned up a little more. My life, I mean, not just the apartment.” (Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife)

The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger is a novel about Henry, a time traveler, and his wife Clare. Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder. It causes his genetic clock to reset and as a result he travels through time. He gets pulled to moments of emotional gravity. For instance, his mother’s death, his wedding, and so on. After meeting his wife he finds himself travelling to her past, when she was a little girl as young as six years old. He visits her regularly as she is growing up. With every visit he get to know his wife and himself a little better. The story takes a turn for the worse when they find out that if they don’t find a way to stop Henry from time travelling, it will end up killing him.

The story of Henry and Clare is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It is amazing how Audrey Niffeneger accomplished to write a story that is so complicated in such a way that it is still easy to follow and it makes perfect sense. She jumped from time to time almost every other paragraph and still everything fit perfectly. Unfortunately, sometimes it fit too perfectly. The story contains some amazing plot twists, but they were often too predictable because of the way the story was told. This did however contribute to the feeling of helplessness, that nothing could be done. The characters knew that there were some horrible events to come, but they couldn’t do anything to stop it from happening. Everything was inevitable and nothing could ever be changed, because everything had already happened somewhere in another time.

I highly recommend this book. It tells a beautiful story and the way it is brought to the reader definitely deserves some appreciation.

P.S.: The movie does the book justice. So, even if you are not going to read it. At least watch the movie.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thoughts on The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” (The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom)

The FivePeople You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom tells the story of a Eddie, a wounded war veteran. After the war he came back home and started working at an amusement where he spend the rest of his days working as a maintenance man. On his 83rd birthday a tragic accident happens at the amusement park. One of the attractions broke causing a cart to fall down to the ground. The main character, Eddie, pushed a little girl, who was going to be crushed by the cart if he hadn’t done so, out of the way. By doing this he himself got killed and ended up in the afterlife.

At the beginning at the book you get the impression that Eddie is just another insignificant person who has died. However, nothing is less true. As you read you witness him meeting people whom he has had an impacted on or whom have had an impacted on him throughout his life. As it turns out, every life is connected with another and therefore, every life matters in some way.

There is a lot of prejudice surrounding this book. People do not want to pick it up because they think the subject is too heavy, or they do not want someone else’s beliefs forced on them. I am not going to lie. It is a heavy subject. It is also a subject that is usually associated with religious beliefs. However, Mitch Albom managed to  avoid all of this. The religious aspect of it all is close to non-existent. The only thing this book does is assure you that whatever comes next, it will be ok.

I loved reading this book. It is one of those stories that makes you feel warm inside and satisfied with what you have got. I encourage anyone to read the book. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thoughts on The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman

"Your soul is a living, breathing, organic thing. No different than your heart or your legs. And just like your heart keeps your blood oxygenated and your legs keep you moving around, your soul gives you the ability to do amazing, beautiful things." (The Tiny Wife, Andrew Kaufman)

The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman (Kindle Edition)
The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman is a relatively short novella telling a modern fable. The story starts when a robber walks into a bank asking for the most sentimental objects the people in the bank have on them. He tells them that with the object he takes 51 percent of their souls with him and if they don’t figure out how to grow them back, they will die. Thereafter, the characters have some rather bizarre things happen to them. For example, Stacey, the main character, started shrinking in the days that followed the robbery. Another woman found God underneath her couch and put him in the washing machine because he looked filthy.

Although what was happening to the characters was very odd, they did seem to challenge them. They had to either face their fears or, like Stacey, work on the relationships they had with their loved ones. Not everyone succeeded and therefore they died. But, those who did succeed, ended up changing for the better.

What would you do?

This book made me think. A lot. What would I give? Do I carry objects with me that might, even though I believe they help me, are holding me back? Do I have things that hold me from facing facts and dealing with stuff I have to deal with?

Yes, I do. I always, and I mean ALWAYS carry my iPod and a book with me. Those things might seem a little materialistic, but they keep me safe. They shut the big bad world around me up for a while and allow me to be in my own safe and cosy world where there is always coffee and hot chocolate. And even if I don’t want to be alone with my own thoughts, they tend to be able to shut me up too.

So, would I be better off leaving my IPod our books at home sometimes? Do I overprotect myself sometimes? Or is shutting the world out every once in a while just as important as taking it all in?



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Christmas TAG

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
This year's christmas tree!
My favorite Christmas movie is probably The Polar Express. I remember watching it as a child in primary school after playing in the snow. We were all warming up whilst drinking hot chocolate and watching this movie. Since then, it has held a special place in my heart.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I open my presents on Christmas Eve along with probably everybody else in Belgium who celebrates Christmas. We celebrate the religious side of Christmas rather than the Santa Clause part of it. We do have a Santa Clause-like figure who delivers presents to all the children on the 6th of December and he is called Sinterklaas.

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
I do! My favorite Christmas memory took place at our family’s Christmas Eve dinner last year. My sister, who was pregnant at the time gave me a jar that read “Will you be my godmother?”. So, now I have an adorable goddaughter!

What is your favorite festive food?
My favorite festive food is the entire Christmas Eve menu that I have with my family every single year: rabbit with sweet and sour sauce, croquettes, apple sauce and chocolate mousse as dessert.

What is favorite festive scent?
This is, probably, the scent of my grandmother’s Christmas food.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Every year I have a nice Christmas dinner with my family and we open all of our presents.

What tops your tree?
I have no idea what it is called. But you can look at the picture and decide for yourself! (I do know it’s pink.)

What was the one (crazy, wild) gift you always asked for but never received?
This would be a swimming pool. Still waiting though…

What is the best part of Christmas to you?
uhm, Christmas and pretty much everything that comes with it. Drinking hot chocolate every night of December wearing Christmassy clothes, buying presents, receiving presents, spending time with family,… I could go on for hours.

This was my Christmas TAG! Feel free to do it yourselves. You can then leave the link below so I will be able to check yours out!

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Visiting Ideas

Do you know that little mark you get after being pinched? It doesn’t stay long. It just visits you for a while. Ideas tend to visit me in a similar way. They pop in wave around, do a silly dance and leave again. Unfortunately, they might never return. They don’t have to of course. Because, when I concentrate on my tiny visitor, very quickly other ideas start to flutter around it in chaos creating a blob, slightly bigger than the former mark. Then, other ideas start to flutter around the other ideas, creating a slightly bigger blob. As the blob grows, the idea grows. It becomes more specific. Its edges start to take form. It becomes something. A character, a place, a sequence of events,.. anything.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


When was the last time you told someone how you felt? And I don't mean giving your point of view on something that has occurred. No, I am talking about really expressing how you feel, what is going on in your head or heart.
every single person on this beautiful planet is thinking. This means there is a never ending stream of thoughts flowing all over the world every second of every day. Everybody thinks and everybody feels. Everybody. However, not many of us dare to express these thoughts and feelings. I cannot understand this. Why is it that we are afraid of something so common? We chose to ignore ourselves out of fear for what? Rejection? We are afraid to be rejected by someone else so we decide to just do it ourselves before they even get the chance?
We are stuck. We are all stuck in our little heads, surrounded by our familiar thoughts. We feel save here from the outside world. The outside world where everything is cold because frozen hearts are out there doing whatever they want. They are judging, bullying and making nasty comments. However, they are not the only ones out there. There are some warm hearts too. They have put on their coats of friendly thoughts and have faced the cold outside world. One friendly thought at a time, they are making it into a better place for all the other warm hearts taking shelter inside. They are building snowmen and putting lights in trees, hoping that when the other warm hearts look out of their windows and see how wonderful the cold can be they might want to come outside too.
What I am trying to say is that you might feel like your thoughts or feelings don’t matter. You might feel as if when you express yourself you are bothering someone else with it. However, there is a great possibility that you are not the only one feeling this way. And, by speaking up you might help someone who feels the exact same way as you do.
So, speak up! Let the cold outside world know what is going on in that beautiful head of yours. Make this world a better place. Make it into a place where warm hearts don’t have to shiver anymore.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

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