This week, in between long stretches of work, I read a really awesome, uplifting YA novel called Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Every single time I would browse the bookstore this year, the light blue face of this book stared at me, beckoning me to pick it up. But I didn’t — mostly because I didn’t want to be disappointed in the face of so much hype.
You know what though? It turns out that it more than lives up to the hype, and Wonder is one of my favorite reads of 2013.
It is the story of a boy with a unique face and how he handles his first year at school. He is an ordinary kid at heart who adores his dog, Star Wars and grilled cheese sandwiches, but on the outside, he is different from everyone else.
What I loved about this book is that it is written so realistically that anyone of any age can relate to it. It reminds us about having an open heart, about being kind, about friendship and loyalty. It’s about having faith in yourself while you try new things and embark on new adventures.
Read this one for sure: I dare you to not be moved.
This week, I’m also lovin’:
Inspiration daze + work acceleration + goal-setting exercises + living colorfully + the admirable, graceful, luminous Angelina Jolie + Rifle Paper Co. + Paris-themed accessories and knick-knacks + The Daily GOOD + ginger carrot salad dressing + animal print whimsy + Sincerely Jules tops and pullovers + giant Hershey’s milk chocolate bars + the ‘Choose Kind’ pledge + Shulman & Associates + simple dinners + real estate fantasies + Christmas paraphernalia + catch-up phone chats with my BFF + Denzel Washington + crisp, cold NYC nights + Earl Grey with honey and OJ + indulging one’s self without (too much) guilt + The xx and Sigur Ros + hysterical laughter with my sassy mom + coffee breaks and story-time with my hubby + deep breaths and not sweating the small stuff + remembering that there’s always tomorrow if today isn’t enough