Over the summer I have started to get back into reading. It relaxes me and takes my mind off things for a couple of hours. I especially enjoy reading before bed instead of scrolling Instagram or Twitter for the 23948635 time. I think it is also scientifically proven that your sleep is less effective when your mind is still racing from all that media input just seconds before falling asleep.
The last book I finished was Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything. I initially heard about this book from Ingrid, you all probably know her as Miss Glamorazzi on YouTube and it seemed like an easy read yet something that is quite moving. Having read The Fault in Our Stars in the beginning of the summer I discovered a rather morbid appreciation for books featuring tragedies that remind you of the blissful life you can have if only you make the best out of every situation.
Schneider’s book revolves around the main character Ezra, once the most popular boy at school who gets hit by a car and loses his ability to move freely and lighthearted through life. He disconnects with his other popular friends and finds himself sitting at the ‘nerd’ table at lunch. With the help of Cassidy, a girl he falls in love with he discovers his true self, detached from all social expectations and fake aspirations. However, the tragedy of his accident does not remain the only misfortune in his life.
What I took away from this book was that really all of your power and capabilities lie within yourself and while sometimes it takes other people to notice them before you even get aware of them, in the end it is you who it all comes down to. You can be as small or great as you want to be if only you believe in yourself and not in the illusion others have created for and of you over the course of time. You don’t owe anybody but yourself!
A book I would really like to read next as I have heard a lot of people talking about this book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Have any of you read it? Any other books I should give a go?