“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”* ― Learning, sharing and connecting through reading


One of the marvellous benefits of the internet is the opportunity to connect and share common interests with others around the globe, and in doing so, find new and expanded horizons.

It is always lovely to connect with fellow book-lovers and reading fans.  Participating in last weekend’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was a compressed version of the joys of sharing book recommendations, reading thoughts and of course the all important low-down on snacks.  In the end, I read for about 6 hours in total, getting through approx 400 pages across four books.  This is probably about double the amount of reading I would normally do, so in that empirical sense it was a success, although it is really not about quantity.  And it’s amazing how easy it is to fall in to a jolly conversation on twitter about favourite books with one of the Readathon hosts at 4am in the morning – so much more fun than just having insomnia, which is an annoying feature of my life at the moment.  🙄

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Further Thoughts on “Happiness Revealed”: a sense of wonder and some reading inspiration for Non-Fiction November

I recently posted a moving video which celebrates nature, beauty and gratitude.  I’m pleased that many readers said how much they enjoyed it.  In particular, my dear friend Mandy shared that:

“My lovely friend Bethan Christopher asked me what my recipe for life is. I decided this quote from Rachel Carson was apt. Bethan then illustrated it for me. The quote is “…drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see.” ― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder. I love that your post and my quote both mention ‘sense of wonder’.

Mandy has kindly agreed that I could share this quote and Bethan’s gorgeous illustration, which matches perfectly with the message of the video.  Isn’t it wonderful that we can make these unexpected yet powerful connections across the airwaves.

It has inspired me to dig out my copy of Silent Spring for reading next month as part of the Non-Fiction November readalong hosted by abookolive.  This classic fits perfectly with one of the four themes this year – ‘True’.


Meanwhile, let me share a small ‘sense of wonder’ experience from yesterday.  I had part-finished some sewing, tidied up and left the kitchen.  Returning a few minutes later, I was stopped in my tracks by this glowing scene and just had to try to capture it.  The photo does not really do full justice to the golden-ness that shone through the window but it is a lovely reminder of that moment of awe. 🙂