The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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It’s been a while since I finished a book that’s made me feel as delicious as the Alchemist has. I won’t go too far into it as I think its neccessecessessecessary for everyone to read.

Here are some quotes I took note of whilst reading:

“When you really want something, its because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on Earth”

“The secret of the happiness is to see all of the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon” (the simple things)

“The future was already written by Allah, and what he had written was always for the good of man so the tribesmen lived only for the present, because the present was full of surprises”

“If good things are coming they will be a pleasant surprise… if bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur”

“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it and if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better”

“When a person really desires something all the universe conspires to help that person realise his dream”

“A man’s heart helps him when he is trying to pursue his dreams”

“If a person is living out his destiny, he knows everything he needs to know there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“When you are loved you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you”

“Theres no need for iron to be the same as copper, or copper the same as gold, each performs its own exact function as a unique being”

🙂

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Book Luff

My Dad and I are very similar. Our stomachs blow up when we eat wheat, and we both have a crazy obsession with books.

I think my love for books began when I read Miranda Kerr’s ‘Treasure Yourself’ (laugh all you want but I no-longer throw up every time I hear the words taxi, takeoff and landing), Louise L. Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ (Again, no more night terrors of tsunamis in Sydney harbor), Gregory David Roberts’ ‘Shantaram’ and Jane Mulvagh’s biography of Vivienne Westwood. I’ve never been a huge fan of novels. It sounds shallow of me, but I’m not going to be camping outside Berkelouw books for the latest twilight. Sorry. However I do love a good classic, my favourites being ‘Everything is Illuminated’, ‘A Room of Ones Own’, ‘Gulliver’s Travel’s’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

I’ve just finished Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ and have just begun reading ‘The First Bad Man a Novel By Miranda July’. Reviews on these soon. If you want. But ill probably do them anyway.

My interest in healthy living and eating came from my love for books.

I wrote this post because I’m currently at home in Australia and have just spent my entire morning looking through my Dad’s crazy book collection.

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I’ve stolen two books this visit (sorry if you’re reading this, dad) and will be spending my 22 hour flight back to London reading about the life of Sir Terence Conran.

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One of the things I miss most about Sydney when I’m in London is their ‘Bookstore Cafes’. I know of a few in London but nothing as good as these. My favourites are Gertrude and Alice in Bondi Beach (http://www.gertrudeandalice.com.au) and Ampersand in Paddington (https://www.facebook.com/AmpersandCafeBookstore). If anyone knows any good places similar to this in London PALEASE let me know. Preferably with a homemade almond milk chai blend. And frappes. I love Frappes.

Thanks!

Ampersand with Angoose

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Book Review – Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth

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Originally chosen to get my ‘creative juices’ flowing before my photography course in New York (at The New School (where Diane Arbus taught (which I didn’t know..))) umm where was I… THIS book turned out to be not only an inspiration for my work but super interesting in its examination of Arbus’s early life and marriage. Arbus is known for her photographs of retardates and other controversial subjects and the book covers her inspiration, concepts and technical processes without any censorship (interesting section on Arbus’s love for her menstrual cycle…) Not for the faint-hearted the story of Arbus’s life is haunted by continuous bouts of depression which end up crippling the artist to the point of her self-inflicted death. Spoiled it. Soz.

Anyway read it.

Favourite Books

Three of my favourite books I read over the (southern) summer were Hippies In The City by Rita Balshaw, Empower Yourself by Miranda Kerr and The Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

Hippies In The City:

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Rita is one of the LOVELIEST people I have ever met. Her book is the perfect “guide to natural urban living” .  Rita wrote the book to help teach people how to have a holistic lifestyle whilst living in urban areas. Its filled with loads of tips and tricks and quirky drawings. Rita works at Perfect Potion in Bondi Junction (Sydney) where you can buy the book and grab yourself some DEEEELICIOUS herbal teas which she kindly let me try out. Let her know you read this post and she might give you a tasty sample. Also check out her website! www.hippiesinthecity.com 

Empower Yourself:

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A lot of people don’t agree with Miranda Kerr and her morals or what not but her first book, Treasure Yourself, changed my life. I can’t give enough credit to it, I’ve read it about 4/5 times now and every time it makes me feel SO DAMN GOOD… I recommend it highly. Anyway, I felt obliged to read her second book and whilst its not as good as the first it was still VERY ENLIGHTENING. The books pages consist of daily affirmations Miranda believes in and a short explanation on how to integrate the belief into your day. V nice stuff (GREAT bath read)

The Body Book.

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And last but definitely not least, my third favourite book I read over the summer was The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. While a lot of health related books are quite airy fairy, this book goes further into the science behind healthy/holistic living. It discusses things like hormones and chemical reactions in the body which for some people is a lot easier to understand. I loved this book and it was SUPER informative. Im going to read it again very soon. (Nicola, I want it back)

Clompch 🙂