27 Things I've Learned From My Favorite Books, PT.1
Today is my birthday. I am 27 years old and I am having a crisis. I am not who I thought I would be at 27. I have not done the things I thought I would do by the age of 27. And, I’m still reading the same kinds of books that I read 7 years ago at 20. Am I the same person I was 7 years ago? Have I not evolved, have I not changed? More importantly…is it time to grow up? Should I be reading more serious books? Should I put down my fantasy worlds, my YA books and my romance novels and finally submit myself to lit? Non fiction, history books?
It took me a few days, but the answer is HELL NO. My books are real books and they are age appropriate. Why? Because, I learn from them. Because, they’ve changed me. BECAUSE I LOVE THEM.
Below is part 1 of the 27 Things I’ve Learned From My Favorite Books:
1. It’s never too late to make it right. From Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
After abandoning Harry and Hermione in the worst possible moment when they needed each other more than ever, Ron came back with a vengeance, saving Harry’s life, taking out horcruxes, fighting in a major battle and winning the girl. If Ron can come back from his selfish actions, who is to say that I can’t?
2. Never too old for love. From Anne Elliot in Persuasion
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a boyfriend, had strong feelings for another person or even held someone’s hand. Sometimes I feel like it will never happen. Then I think of Ann Elliot in Jane Austen’s final book Persuasion. She was well and truly on the shelf. A spinster who at the ripe old age of 27 rekindled a love that she had ruined and got her happily ever after.
3. Never be afraid to try new things. From The Night Huntress series
This is a little bit different than the rest. I won One Foot in the Grave the second book in the Night Huntress series by Jeanine frost in a Facebook competition held by the publisher. I had never read fantasy or paranormal romance and thought vampires were stupid. Then I got this book in the mail and I consumed it. When I say consumed I mean I recently found my copy and both the back and front covers are missing. I read it so many times it began falling apart. From there I discovered my undying love for urban fantasy and kick ass girls in high heeled boots who are deadly as their boyfriends, if not more so. If I hadn’t been willing to try this book, which at the time was completely different from anything i’d ever read, I would have missed out on the great loves of my life.
4. Sometimes the thing that makes you weird is the thing that makes you stronger. From Cat in One Foot in the Grave
Cat is an anomaly half vampire, half human. Unheard of. It makes her an outcast, neither human nor vamp and no one knows what to do with her. But, do you know what Cat is? A half breed! It means that she is as fast, as strong and as fierce as any vampire but is not an animated corpse. She gets the supernatural skill but still gets to eat, and breathe and watch the sunrise. I love that, because my loud personality, my inability to be embarrassed, my brutal honesty are the things that make me stand out, gives those people who don’t like me a clear reason not to, but it also makes me strong, makes me able to adapt and roll with the punches. Being a little odd can be an asset.
5. Sure, you could get even or you could forgive and have an enriching life. From Captain Wentworth in Persuasion
When Captain Wentworth returns to upper cross he has one thing in mind, to show Anne Elliot everything that she’s been missing. He wants to flaunt the fact that she was wrong about him and that he was so much better than she thought all those years ago when she broke their engagement. But, after a few days in her presence, after seeing her strength, her kindness and talking to her and remember her keen mind, he can’t hold on to the anger any longer. He needs to forgive and allow himself to love her. And you know, I absolutely believe they lived happily ever after because of it.
6. One great friend can make all the difference. From Ron and Harry
There are people who hate Ron Weasley. People who think he shouldn’t have gotten the girl and that blows my mind. Because, when I think of Ron I think of the boy with the big family, who had inadequacy issues and still took the most famous boy in their world under his wing. I think of him not going home with his siblings to stay behind at Hogwarts so Harry wouldn’t be alone. I think about him believing somewhere in his heart that the girl he loved was into his best friend and coming back an saving Harry anyway. I think about the dark tunnels he walked into, the spiders he faced, the trolls he fought and the best game of chess ever played all in service to his Bff. What’s funny is that I don’t aspire to be Harry and have such friends. I aspire to be Ron Weasley who is so much better in the books.
7. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. From Aristotle in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
This will be difficult without spoiling the plot. But, towards the end of the book the question of how Aristotle truly feels is on the forefront of his mind. But, what I love most about this book is that halfway through, way before he asks himself the question, he takes an amazing action that puts himself at risk. That action answers all the questions and doubts whirling inside of him more incredibly than any words ever could.
8. You don’t have to settle, no matter the circumstances. From Lizzie Bennet in Pride & Prejudice
Let’s face it, Ms. Elizabeth should have accepted Mr. She just should have. She was 1 of 5 daughters in a world where she couldn’t work, in a town where the men were scarce and she had younger sisters who were sixteen years old and already on the marriage mart. There was a great chance that she wouldn’t get a second proposal. And, when she did get a second proposal from someone as rich as Mr. Darcy who was socially her superior she absolutely should have accepted. But she didn’t, because she wanted to to be happy. She wanted to be respected and respect her spouse. She wanted the truest love and she risked everything until she got it.
9. Letting people in is the scariest thing you can do, but it could change your life. From Kate Daniels in Magic Shifts
When the Kate Daniels series begins, she’s alone. Not just alone, but lonely and grieving. She has to be alone and has to keep herself secret simply because of her heritage because the man who is her father who will come looking for her one day and when he finds her, he will kill her and lay waste to her life. So, she keeps to herself as not to take anyone down in the cross fire. But, as the series continues she gets a best friend, a badass teen protégé, an adopted daughter and one of the most amazing men in books as the love of her life. Is she afraid for them constantly? Yea. But, they’ve all proven themselves strong, capable and deadly enough to walk into an unbreakable prison to break her out.
10. If You Don’t fuck up where’s your halo? From Keith Richards in Life.
Keith Richards has been addicted to heroin, he’s watched the woman he loved almost die in a wreck while carrying his first child, he’s fallen out of trees, he’s had his girlfriend’s lover shoot himself in his bed, he’s been in love with his best friends girl, he’s had his best friend sleep with his girl, his been banned from France, put on the USA’s watch list and has been in rehab several times and he is one of the greatest guitar players and song writers of all time. By all rights, Keith Richards should be dead, but be was alive to write Life one of my favorite memoirs and to make me cry during a performance of one of my favorite songs Happy in 2015. He’s not perfect, he’s fucked up but he’s alive and has done some amazing things with his life. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes it’s how we come back from those mistakes that matter.
11. Sometimes you just have to hold on to what you love. Percy Jackson in the Mark of Athena.
If you haven’t read this book, skip this one.
At the end of mark of Athena, the heroes win. At least, they think they win until the villain while falling into Tartarus makes one last play and wraps her web around Annabeth’s leg and begins to pull the daughter of Athena into Tartarus, the hell of the titans. The unsafest place for a demigod to be. Quick thinking Percy grabs her hand. He holds on for as long as he can. Until he realizes there’s no use, she’s going to fall. So he makes a quick choice. He knows that the prophecy calls for the doors to be opened from inside of Tartarus. He knows that the girl he loves is going to fall and he knows that he doesn’t let go of the wall he will fall with her. So, he gives his friends instructions to meet him on the other side, then e holds on to Annabeth’s and together they fall into hell. I love this scene, one because it proves once and for all that Percy Jackson is THE hero.( sorry Jason grace) and, it shows thy when you love something or someone you hold on to them no matter what it takes. Especially when that person makes you better, especially when you know that together you are unstoppable.
12. Don’t be the fantasy, be the real. Remington “Riptide” Tate in real.
When Brooke meets Remy, the MMA fighter that every girl wants she wants run away, hook up with her fantasy guy and have an adventure. Remy refuses to sleep with her, because he doesn’t want to be her one night stand, that steamy story she tells her friends, a night of adventure. He wants to be her adventure, her guy, the one she says goodnight to every night. He wants to be her real.
To Be Continued…