Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 39: Get Better Every Single Day

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You are given a new chance every day to wake up and live.

To live, to do something, and to make even an infinitesimally small difference in the world.

But before you get around to changing the world, you need to change yourself. Not so that you become a different person, but so that you become a better person.

Strive to grow and improve and evolve.

Strive to rise above your limitations of yesterday, even if you only just rise by a minute fraction.

But rise. Grow. Get better.

Lots of love,


Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 38: Silence, Calmness, Kindness.


Do not mistake my silence for ignorance.

Do not mistake my calmness for acceptance.

Do not mistake my kindness for my weakness.

We live in a world that takes us for granted. Takes our love for granted; takes our respect for granted; takes our silence for granted; takes our patience for granted; and even takes our selfless gestures of kindness for granted.

In a world like that, you begin to question the purity of your soul and the love and honesty of your actions. You begin to feel that maybe, just maybe, you should give up on these people and become shallow, unkind, selfish, indifferent. Only so you stop feeling hurt.

But as hard as it may be, hold on to your silence and your kindness. Those are the things that may you who you are and set you apart.

Lots of love,



Still Me, by Jojo Moyes: A Book Review

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“I felt as if the world had briefly stopped turning, like there was just me and the Universe. And a million good things that could happen, if you only hung on in there.”

I just finished reading the third book of this series by Jojo Moyes, and all I can say is, I’m disappointed. Following the immensely moving first book, Me Before You, and the good-but-not-so-great sequel, After You, this book comes as a let-down, especially with respect to its plot.

Louisa Clarke, the quirky female protagonist of the series, is now in New York City, away from her home, family and ‘Ambulance boyfriend’ Sam in England. While a big chunk of the first half of the book centers around her claustrophic, Limo-driven role as an Assistant to the wealthy (and dysfunctional) Gopniks, it also brings to life the beat of New York City. With an echoing voice of Will in her heart, constantly encouraging her to say ‘yes’ to all new experiences, she explores the city with a newfound excitement to belong. It was almost as if NYC was a central character to this book, however, I felt there was more scope to bring a little more depth to that facet of the book.

The story then moves towards the predictable problems of long-distance relationships, and new possibilities of other romantic interactions. Which all sort of fell flat.

Even though I couldn’t put this book of 450+ pages down for long, it left me feeling annoyed somehow. With all due respect, I do not believe that this book was needed for this series.. Me Before You leaves you aching and crying and emotionally moved, and Still Me does none of those things.

However, I believe Jojo Moyes’ writing was fresh and familiar all at once! It felt almost friendly to read Lou’s narrative, and the fact that the reader is familiar with all the central characters leaves you to enjoy the writing.

Overall, I would rate this installment (hopefully the last) of the series a 3/5.

If any of you have also read the book, please share your thoughts of the book in the comments 🙂

Lots of love,



25 Iconic Quotes For Book-Lovers

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Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 37: To all you bibliophiles out there!

Here is my collection of the most famous and iconic quotes about the joy of reading. If you love books as much as I do, you’ll know just how accurate their quotes are! Also if you haven’t read it already, you can also check out my post, 11 Reasons why Books are Better than People .

Read and enjoy! 🙂

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

-Anna Quindlen

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

-Charles William Eliot

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”

-Paul Auster

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

-Oscar Wilde

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

-Anna Quindlen

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”

Helen Exley

“I get sad every time I hear someone say, “I don’t read”. It’s like saying, “I don’t learn”, or “I don’t laugh”, or “I don’t live.””


“When you learn to read, you will be born again; and you will never be quite so alone again.”

– Rumer Godden

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

– Frederick Douglass

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”

-Jorge Luis Borges

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

-George R. R. Martin

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

-Tahereh Mafi

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

-Mason Cooley

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

-Victor Hugo

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

-John Green

“I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

-William Lyon Phelps

“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

-Annie Dillard

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”

-Nora Ephron

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time—proof that humans can work magic.”

-Carl Sagan

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”

-A.C. Grayling

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

-Stephen King

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

-Jane Austen

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

-Carlos R. Zafon

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

-Alan Bennet

Lots of love,



Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 36: I am the Storm

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There are often days, more frequently than you’d hope, when you will feel the world pushing you down; telling you that you can’t. People will try to convince you that you aren’t pretty enough, brave enough, smart enough, strong enough.

They will try to break your resolve, and they will try to make you doubt yourself.

And when they do that, don’t waste your energy trying to convince them otherwise. Because trust me, they wont believe you.

So instead, show them.

Show them with your kindness, show them with your wits, show them with your strength, and show them how you don’t even need them to see your success.

Be that fierce, raging, relentless storm, that people think you’re not strong enough to sustain.

Lots of love,



Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 35: Monday Motivation

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Just for all you super hustlers out there, here is some Monday Motivation for you!

Begin this week with the only goal of working hard, working smart and never losing sight of what you sought out to do. It’s always hard to come back to work on a Monday, but if you change your perspective, it’s a fresh new start, with new opportunities to strive for growth.

In my experience, I have realized that you usually get what you work for (I say ‘usually’, because I also believe in destiny, which plays a big role in where you go in life). If you sit on your bum and expect things to fall into place only because you waited for it, well… I’m not so sure of what you get at the end of that hopeful waiting.

But, if you relentlessly work toward achieving your goals, and are determined to hustle until you get there, I can assure you that you are going to reach places you had probably never even dreamt of.

If the going gets tough, just focus on one small step at a time, one day at a time, but just don’t give up on your dreams.

Lots of love,



Daily Dose of Sunshine, Day 34: Sundays

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On some days, the best thing to do is absolutely nothing.

What better day to do nothing than a Sunday.

Be lazy today. Don’t cook, don’t shower, don’t turn on your laptops, don’t check your emails.

Be lazy and guiltfree, because it’s a Sunday!

Or if you are someone who really feels the need to do something, you can seek inspiration from my post on 9 Reasons Why Saturday Is The Best Day Of The Week. https://stardustandsunlight.com/2017/11/18/9-reasons-why-saturday-is-the-best-day-of-the-week/

Enjoy your Sunday readers!

Lots of love,