Words We Read (4)


Words We Read is a feature that we created to share various book quotes we read that really mean a lot to us. For more information and past posts you can head over here.

Wow. Haven’t done this one in a long time. But man, I am super excited and super motivated to get it going again.

I have read a lot of books with words that hit me just right, especially lately. With words that touch me and make me think about my own life and the things currently happening in it. Sometimes they come from a book that blows me away, other times they come from a book that I didn’t fall head over heels in love with. Even in those instances where I like it but don’t adore it I find that I can take something away from the book. Today, it comes from one of those books.

I read the book Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner recently. Though this book really hit on some things that I think we need to talk about more, I just fall in love with it. I felt pretty meh towards it, no feelings one way or the other. But the writing…oh the writing had it’s moments where it just hit me and I had to stop and think about it. So today, I share a quote from this book, because it really had me thinking. And this is a solid reminder that just because you aren’t in love with the book doesn’t mean that it has nothing to offer you. There’s a difference between a bad book and book that you enjoyed but didn’t love.

So…the quote that I found that I could not stop thinking about…

“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”


What’s a book that you’ve read lately that has a quote that really stuck with you?


Words We Read (3)


Words We Read is a feature that we created to share various book quotes we read that really mean a lot to us. For more information and past posts you can head over here.

This week I am sharing a quote from a book series that I absolutely devoured. I was very into dystopian type of books, and the Legend series by Marie Lu really hit me at that time of my life. I loved the action, the intensity, and the characters. The relationships that develop between the main characters and the drama that is happening all around them…this made it an absolute page turner for me. I binge so few series, and this was on that I dove into and didn’t leave until I was done.

Today’s quote is one that has hit me a lot lately. The past few weeks have been pretty miserable for me. I have really struggled mentally and felt like I was dragging everyone else down. I had found myself stuck in a vicious cycle of negative thinking and I couldn’t get out. This quote reminded me that I can. That each day is a fresh start and with each fresh start comes the opportunity to try again.

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

Legend by Marie Lu


QUESTION: What is one of your favorite quotes from a dystopian book?


Words We Read


Isn’t it funny how books can touch us in the deepest and most meaningful way!? Obviously there is a reason that authors do what they do, and it’s just so fascinating that they can take ordinary words and put them into the context that makes us feel emotions, that makes us cry. We are always in awe of the talent levels of authors. Even the authors that are more “mediocre” have more talent than we could ever dream. It’s amazing what authors do, and we are in awe of your work (whether it’s a book for us or not).

Book quotes are some of our favorite things, ones that we tend to forget to share. They remind of the story we read, of the journey we are on in our lives, and the feelings that we have had (or are having) in our lives. These are the quotes that we write down wherever we can, that we put up all over the internet, that we share with so many people because they are on a journey too…and maybe these words can help.

So today, and randomly throughout the months, we will be sharing some words that we have read that have hit us. For our first post we have a very special theme for you.

For the 20th birthday of the Harry Potter books, we have decided to pick a book from the Harry Potter series to share with you! If you are among the mass of Harry Potter nerds (just like us) then you know that it is SO hard to pick a quote. JK Rowling just has such a way with words, and we could probably pick multiple quotes from each book. But here are some of the quotes that have stuck with us…

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

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ANNOUNCEMENT! There is more than one reason that we are sharing Harry Potter quotes today. Not only are we celebrating 20 years of the series that drove us further into reading, but we are also planning on…A HARRY POTTER REREAD!


That’s right! Starting this Monday (June 26th) we will be opening up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (for the first time in AGES) so that we can once again get lost in that world. Let us know if you want to join us (comment or email) and we can set something more formal up. But that means you should probably be looking for more Harry Potter on the blog in the future.

NOTE: We will be using the hashtag #mdwstreadalong on twitter and instagram if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing. We are pretty pumped for this.

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite Harry Potter quotes?

Words I Needed to Hear (8)

This is something I have started doing randomly on my blog, finding quotes that kind of hit me and sharing because I think someone else may need it it. More information and past posts can be found here.

Wow. It’s been awhile since I have really dug into this feature. Life had gotten pretty busy and honestly..this is the first week in awhile that I have no big plans and can finally relax and recover. I am hoping to really dive back into this feature, because I think it has a lot of value including being a bit therapeutic for myself as I discuss just why these particular words have hit me.

Today, we get a little background before I share what I stumbled upon. Years ago, many many years ago, I was pretty crushed by someone I had thought was a friend. I won’t give names, I won’t give a lot of details (because years later I still worry that people would judge me and my reactions and what I did because of it). To sum it up vaguely…this person worked pretty hard to earn my trust. We became fairly good friends (I had thought) even though many people shook their head. Even though deep down in my gut I was not sold on it and not 100% comfortable. Well this person worked hard to earn this trust and then took advantage of a particularly weak moment, a not so fabulous moment on my part. And then…they never said a word about it. I actually found out from a different friend of mine at the time, and I was hurt. Oh I was so hurt. I honestly can’t even describe how I felt without really getting into the nitty gritty. Betrayal. I think that’s the most accurate word. I couldn’t trust this person. I started feeling like I couldn’t really trust anyone. Eventually I gathered up the courage to confront this person (confrontation is not my thing) and they denied everything and told me everyone else was lying to me to make a dramatic situation out of nothing. So yes, ties have been cut with this person and I have never looked back. Am I bitter and angry today? Not really. I mean it sucked, but I have moved on and forgiven that person as best as I can.

However, I realize that this situation has started playing in my mind a lot lately. The warning signs I should have seen, how I should have acted before it became an issue, etc. My mind is kind of going crazy and it’s definitely changing how I view my relationships now. And the sad thing is, there is NO similar situation right now. I trust myself, especially after all of that. I trust the people I am around, and it has taken awhile to even get that trust going. So why? Why is this suddenly playing in my mind over and over again? It’s silly, but now I think I have never fully gotten over the emotions and the hurt. I may have forgiven all parties involved. I may have said I moved on and would be perfectly civil and polite if we were to run into each other, but the feelings have really rocked me (and this was YEARS ago).

So what words have really hit me today? What words have given me a reminder that I am more than this and that this does not define my life and my current relationships?



I am not going to let this situation take over my life. I am not going to give this awful memory the power to make it so that I don’t try, so that I don’t trust, and so that I don’t move forward and create deeper friendships. I will not let this take over my life as it’s threatening to do. If anything this situation made me stronger. It made me stand up for myself instead of letting myself get walked all over, which is typical of me. It made me take control of a situation and end those relationships that were clearly toxic. It made me value those I could trust so much more. I hate that I had to go through this to come to these realizations, but I am so glad that I can bring some positives out of this.

I can’t imagine I am the only one in the world that needs these words today. Whatever your situation, whatever memories are haunting you…just remember that they don’t define your future. Use them, learn from them, grow from them. We are all so much stronger than we know.

What are some words that have really hit you lately?


SST: Quotes from Timekeeper by Tara Simm + Giveaway!


Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

I am so excited to be sharing this book with you today for Sunday Street Team. There has been so much excitement surrounding this book with its diversity and unique storytelling, and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. Haven’t heard much about this book? Well…here’s a little bit more about it.

25760792In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever. The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

The time period, the characters, the writing…it all makes this story incredibly unique and definitely something for readers everywhere to be excited for.

As this book is so unique and the writing so incredibly I am going to share 5 of my favorite quotes with you. I hope that through these quotes you can see just how the writing captures the world and that it will make you wanting more. Now if you now me well you know that I am a sucker for first lines, so this first quote is the first line of the book. That will be followed by some other fabulous quotes from this book.

“Two o’clock was missing.”


“Time was everywhere and nowhere at once, making the moment last an eternity.”


‘‘You’re chaos and order and everything in between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music.” His smile was gentle. “I hear it all the time. Your music.”


“Time moved all things. Killed all things”


“He was a boy of air and dust and sunlight. Everything that had gone into the making of the world.”

If that isn’t enough to get you wanting to get your hands on this book I don’t know what will. This book came out this past week (November 8th!) so be sure to go out and get your copy today!

About the Author


Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. TIMEKEEPER is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, or check out her website tarasim.com for fun extras

And now…for what you all are definitely looking for (so you can get your hands on this book)…


Words I Needed to Hear (5)

This is something I have started doing randomly on my blog, finding quotes that kind of hit me and sharing because I think someone else may need it it. More information and past posts can be found here.

Lately I have been really feeling down because of things that have already happened. It’s silly when you think of it. I mean, it’s in the past. What can I do about what has already happened besides move forward? But sometimes that stuff just sticks in my mind, as I’m sure it does yours. It could be personal issues, like rejections or things people have done to hurt you in the past. It could be work related, maybe an incident at work or not really staying in one place for very long. Could be a string of rejections, personal or professional. For whatever reason, those moments can stick with a person.

Lately thinking back on these things and having them stuck in my mind has really been draining on me. My self-esteem and self-confidence has been shot and it has definitely influenced how I am each and every day. I feel pretty stupid for somehow ending up in the situations that I am in, and yet I can’t seem to get out. I don’t know how to fix it. So I just keep looking back, which is absolutely ridiculous because that doesn’t even help me. It really just hurts me.

Then I saw this fabulous quote from one of my favorite movies. It made me think. It made me apply it to my own life and to think of what I can learn from the things that have already happened to me. It’s not that I never do this. I have moved forward from painful experiences in the past before, but I feel like it’s not the first thing that comes to mind while I am in these painful experiences. But it’s time to reset and think of how I can move forward.

I really felt the need to share this today, because there is no way that I am the only one struggling with past pain coming back to haunt me. There’s no way to change what happened, but because of what happened we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.


Words I needed to hear (4)

This is something I have started doing randomly on my blog, finding quotes that kind of hit me and sharing because I think someone else may need it it. More information and past posts can be found here.

I have found myself feeling pretty meh lately. I have actually had good news job-wise, and have some employment throughout the summer (which I am so grateful for). Even with all these good things I am really struggling with trying to figure out just where it is I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to do. I have lately started even feeling a little under-valued, not worth it, etc. I work hard, with little to show for it. I have found myself having a hard time just relaxing like I so need to, and I really have found that my self-esteem has fallen a bit. This just seems so ridiculous though because I know I have SOMETHING good going on right?

I think it comes down to me being scared of what’s to come. It comes down to me being fearful of crashing and burning, because I really have had very little success as far as employment and such has gone since moving away from home. Seems silly though, right? Because without taking risks, without taking that jump, I am really not going to get anywhere am I? This last experience has rocked me. It has taken that fear of rejection that I have and multiplied it by a trillion. And yet, I am returning since they decided to take me back. I am excited. I am excited to have one more year of consistency, to have the opportunity to help. BUT I am also scared, because I know that I will be in the position of not knowing again.

So instead of looking at the bad stuff, I am looking at the good (well, trying to). I am looking at the fantastic experience that I know I am going to get. I am looking at the ways that I will be tested and grow. I am going to get the best out of this experience.

I know that I can’t be the only one struggling with these feelings. I can’t be the only one feeling like they aren’t really valued in where they are at and taking it a little more personally than necessary. We just have to remember…there is a reason we are here. There is a reason, and we are growing because of it. We are becoming better people. We are becoming stronger people. We just need to put on our brave face.



Words I needed to hear (3)

This is something I have started doing randomly on my blog, finding quotes that kind of hit me and sharing because I think someone else may need it it. More information and past posts can be found here.

Today I have really been paying attention to what I see going on in the lives of others via social media. And let me say, a lot of us are having a tough time. Reasons vary, but we could sum it up the same way…it hurts. No matter what hurt you are going through right now, it hurts. And sometimes it hurts to the point where you don’t think you can keep going on with it. I have been at that level of pain. I have had days where all I want to do is curl up in a dark corner and stay there. Pretty recently actually. Some days it’s just hard to put one foot in front of the other.

But guys, we got this. We totally got this. Sometimes it takes time, but we can make it. We are capable of so much more than we are giving ourselves credit for (which is definitely something I tend to forget. I am capable of more, but my self confidence is not the best at helping me remember that). So today, my quote comes from a character very near and dear to my heart. No matter what, remember this is true of YOU.


Words I Needed to Hear (2)

I have an entire Pinterest board called Words, and that’s simply what it is. Quotes for when I’m hurting. Bible verses that I needed and still need. Things that help me reevaluate where I’m at. Things that help me put my best foot forward and move on. And as I have been adding I thought that maybe someone else could benefit from this. Maybe, just maybe, something that I share can help someone. More about this new feature here.

As I look forward to this week, and to the things that are ending, I must admit I am a little sad. I am terrified of what’s to come, mostly because I have no clue what is next. I have been in this position so many times in the last few years, and I am exhausted. It is so easy for me to think about just curling up in my bed and doing nothing more because honestly…this sucks. But I am trying REALLY hard to move past this. Really hard to use this as an opportunity to learn and move forward instead of backwards.

So today…this is what I am reminding myself. This has not been easy, and lots of tears have been shed and frustrations have been let out. But I just need to regroup and move forward. It may feel like I’m falling. It may feel like I have failed. But I am going to use this experience and rise from it.



Words to help you through

Lately life has been throwing everything it can at me it seems. I know this is not the hardest moment of my entire life, but I think it ranks at least in the top five or ten. I don’t want to go into too much detail but I am just throwing it out there.

During this particular event in my life (even seems to be the most fitting word) I am trying my hardest to stay positive. It sucks. It sucks a lot. It hurts a bit (ok, it hurts a lot) and I am definitely a bit upset. I am trying to avoid bitter. I am trying to avoid anger and rage, because what can I do about it at this point? It’s already happened and I have to just move on.

So in attempts to keep myself out of this, I thought I would share a quote. I have an entire Pinterest board called Words, and that’s simply what it is. Quotes for when I’m hurting. Bible verses that I needed and still need. Things that help me reevaluate where I’m at. Things that help me put my best foot forward and move on.

I know that I am not alone. We all go through crappy situations. All situations are different, but crap is crap. So I wanted to share just one of the many quotes and things that hit me today as I was killing time on Pinterest.


Today, on a crap day…I had a friend come down to my house with doughnuts and watched movies with me between shifts at her different jobs. Today…I sent out many resumes to try to get my name out there. Today…I was loved on by many people who found out my current situations. Today I found some good in a whole lot of bad.

Even though I am still adjusting to the idea. Still trying to think of what step is next. Still wallowing in the crappiness that I have been dealt. Even with the bad…I am trying to find the good.