My 2016 Wrap-up in a Post

It is that time of the year again. Time for 2016 wrap up and looking forward for the new year 2017. As much of my time revolves around books, reading and writing, I following wrap up my year with the books I’ve read, my favorite quotations and my poems/thoughts.

My books and ratings:

The Zahir (Paulo Coelho): Simple. Impressed me less than other works by this author (The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes my faves). My rating: 3/5
Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari): Light read. Funny. My rating: 4/5
The Kite Runner (Khaled Housseiny): My best read for the year. My first reading for this author and definitely plan on reading his other two books (A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed). Story events feel real and very well developed. You can relate to the characters and events. My rating: 5/5
The Girl on The Train (Paula Hawkins): Enjoyable thriller. Liked the book better than the movie. My rating: 4/5
Adultery (Paulo Coelho): Again not one of my best reads for this author. My rating: 3/5

My favorite quotations:

“It doesn’t have to be huge, to be hugely important.” – Unknown
“Whenever there is lasting love, there is a family.” – Shere Hite
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn
“A person’s needs are met, and his appetite subsides. A person’s wants are met, and his thirst swells greedily without end.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
“The worst thing is to choose a path and then spend the rest of your life wondering if you’ve made the right choice. No one can make a choice without feeling afraid.” – Paulo Coelho
“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.” – Khalil Gibran
“The first thing you must do, if you find yourself in a hole, is to stop digging.” – Unknown
“Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.” – Paulo Coelho
“The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves.” YVES SAINT LAURENT
“Until we’re broken, we don’t know what we’re made of.” – Unknown
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston
“Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.” – Paulo Coelho
“You will learn by reading, but you will understand with love.” – Shams Al-Tabrizi
“I was always told time is the great healer, obliterates memory, sublimates passion. Not true. I was never a plaything of time.” – Rabih Alameddine
“A SHIP is designed to take you places. So if your companionSHIP, friendSHIP, partnerSHIP, or relationSHIP isn’t taking you anywhere, then it’s best to abandon that SHIP.” _ Unknown
“There is no Wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.” – Unknown
“The most wonderful places to be in the world are: In someone’s thoughts, someone’s prayers, and someone’s heart.” – Unknown
“When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. The gray area between yes and no. Silence.” – Dan Brown
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou
“Love is also a mysterious thing: the more we give, the more it grows.” – Paulo Coelho
“Life fractures us all into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” – Carrie Jones
“Seize the opportunity offered to you by tragedy; not everyone can do that.” – Paulo Coelho
“Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others, move forward with it.” – Ray Bradbury
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare
“If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve.” – Emily Dickinson
“Every moment is an invitation to live out of your weakness or to live out of your strength.” – Marianne Williamson
“We never know the quality of someone else’s life, though we seldom resist the temptation to assume and pass judgement.” – Tami Hoag
“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.” – Steve Maraboli
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama XIV
“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” – Charles Chaplin
“Life was never made to be easy but people are born with the capability to cope with its hardships.” – Unknown
“What makes the desert beautiful, said the little prince, is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Unknown
“Open your arms if you want an embrace.” – Rumi
“In order to hear Love’s words, we must allow Love to approach.” – Paulo Coelho
“She wasn’t a person to whom things happen. She did all the happenings.” – Muriel Spark
“The world doesn’t make sense until you force it to.” – Frank Miller
“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.” – Edward Abbey
“Keep looking up. There’s nothing on the ground but your feet.” – Lee Martin
“One must dare to be happy.” – Gertrude Stein
“The human heart will never wrinkle.” – Madame de Sevigne
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Martha Troly Curtin
“How to stop time: Kiss.
How to travel in time: Read.
How to escape time: Music.
How to feel time: Write.
How to release time: Breathe.” – Matt Haig
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have.” – John Grisham
“To love abundantly is to live abundantly.” – Paulo Coelho
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we have only one.” – Confucius
“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” – Mo Willems
“We have to acknowledge sometimes that this moment is enough. This place is enough. I am enough.” – Sue Monk Kidd
“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” – Judy Blume
“I am not interested in being original. I am interested in being true.” – Agostinho da Silva
“Woe to those who were never beaten! They will never be winners in this life.” – Paulo Coelho
“And also don’t forget, the reason opportunity is often missed is that it usually comes disguised as hard work.” – Clifford Irving
“I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.” – Matt Groening
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” – Toni Morrison
“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.” – Rumi
“Everything has its reason for being; all you have to learn is how to distinguish what will pass and what will last.” – Paulo Coelho
Every day you spend without a smile is a lost day.” – Bassam Fattouh
“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.” – Jean Genet
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
“There are no easy answers, there’s only living through the questions.” – Elizabeth George
“Life is too short for us to keep important words like I Love You locked in our hearts.” – Paulo Coelho
“As far as I am concerned, poetry is a statement concerning the human condition, composed in verse.” – N. Scott Momaday
“Clocks will go as they are set, but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.” – Thomas Otway
“I said show me the ladder, that I may climb up to heaven. He said your head is the ladder, bring your head down under your feet.” – Rumi
“We love because we love. There is no reason to love.” – Paulo Coelho
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
“When love is not accepted move on; when love is not appreciated walk away; hopefully time will teach what real, true love is.” – Rumi
“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks.” – Thomas Goodwin
“Unfailing love, endless blessings.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“We have become the men we wanted to marry.” – Gloria Steineur
“Do for yourself, for no one else will.” – Johanna Lindsey
“Sorrow sweeps clean the house so joy may move in.” – Rumi
“Life is like a train. Get on board.” – Khaled Housseini
“Don’t get influenced. Get inspired.” – Hala Ajam
“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” – Henry Fielding.
“It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.” – John Updike
“Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none.” – Lois Lowry
“It is what it is…But it will become what you make it.” – Unknown
“Humans, not places, make memories.” – Ama Ata Aidoo
“Don’t say maybe if you want to say no.” – Paulo Coelho
“Cakes are healthy too; you just eat a small slice.” Mary Berry
“One can’t fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.” – Mario Vargas Llosa
“Deserve your dream.” – Octavio Paz
“Be the flame, not the moth.” – Giacomo Casanova
“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.” – Cat Cora
“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Unknown
“If your feet are firmly planted in the ground you’ll never be able to dance.” – Iris Johnasen
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” – Khaled Housseini
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespear
“He always accuses me of trying to look cool; I was like, everybody tries to look cool, I just happen to be successful.” – Daniel Clowes
“And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills far more quickly.” – Paulo Coelho
“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Gossip ends at a wise person’s ear.” – Paulo Coelho
“The meaning of my life is the meaning I choose to give it.” – Paulo Coelho
“Wisdom means both to know and to transform.” – Paulo Coelho
“Living is making decisions and dealing with the consequences.” – Paulo Coelho
“Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.” – Paulo Coelho
“There are moments when one should act and moments when one should accept.” – Paulo Coelho
“One can be the master of what one does but never of what one feels.” – Gustave Flaubert
“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive – I’ll find love again.” – Paulo Coelho
“In books and in life, you need to read several pages before someone’s true character is revealed.” – Gail Carson Levine
“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“If you’re looking for a happy ending and can’t find one..find a new beginning instead.” – Unknown
“Sleep doesn’t help if it’s your soul that’s tired.” – Unknown
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain de Botton
“I cannot let the fear of the past color the future.” – Julie Kagawa
“You, he said, are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that I believe, is why you are in so much pain.” – Emilie Autumn
“I think that you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.” – Thomas Keller
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Mae Jemison
“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.” – Dan Gutman
“Happy endings are a luxury of fiction.” – Trudi Canavan
“When you set standards and stick to them, there will be people in your life who will fall away. Let them.” – Unknown
“I learned that people leave. Even if they have promised a thousand times that they won’t.” – Unknown
“When everyone else is losing their heads, it is important to keep yours.” – Marie Antoinette
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Sophia Loren
“Not every woman is born beautiful, but if she is not beautiful at thirty, she is simply stupid.” – Coco Chanel
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent
“A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.” – Coco Chanel
“Grow through, what you go through.” – Unknown
“Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” – African Proverb

My poems and thoughts:

January

The Haunt III

I feel like running
Afraid storm is coming that
Haunt me from my past
A haiku found poetry from Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall”

February

The Undeclared

To you
I write today
As the sun hugs the sea
I regret what I never told
My love

The Heart You Keep

Time heals all, they said
I know they tricked me though, for
the heart you still keep

March

One Night in September

It was a cold September night
When you recited your vows to become another’s knight
It was all so sudden
Where was all this hidden
Who could have known
On a chilly Fall night you would be gone
Leaving behind a love of years
And many haunting memories
No, there are no regrets ahead
No, there are no tears left to shed


May

My Friend…

My friend,Your actions lately I fail to comprehend
Far and aloof you have become
Restless I am, your falseness unable to overcome
Is it you or me?
Everlasting the heartache, worthless the apology
Nonetheless you strangely remain
Dearest to my heart no matter the pain

Face To Destiny

Her velvet veil vanishes
Revealing  a fair familiar face
Into dark-grey dazzling eyes I dare to dive
I dare to drown deep into my destiny
September 2016

Confessions of Cinderella

Cinderella runs away fast
Knowing the magic shall not last
It is hard for dreams to prevail
For this is all but fairy-tale
The clock bangs announcing midnight
Time to bid farewells to her knight
Sadly she weeps, to no avail
For this is all but fairy-tale
Carrying out usual chores
She futilely hopes that he shows
But prince charming loses the trail
For this is all but fairy-tale

Random Thoughts Series: On Life and Living

Do we lead the life we live, or does life lead us?
Do we draw our destiny, or is it all in the stars?
Do we make life, or does life make us?
Many Questions… Random Thoughts… Busy Mind…

 

I’d like to end this post with a fun new word that I’ve learned this year:
Collywobbles (n.): Butterflies in stomach

Wishing you all a happy new year 2017 full of many happy collywobbles 🙂