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Leave an imprint

“I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.” Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

piano playing ©Diane M Schuller

What a surprise I got and want to share with you. Jessie over at Behind the Willows is a very active and interesting woman who writes an amazing blog about her children, her life, the books she reads, their hunting dogs, and then some. When I get time for blog visiting, Jessie always delights with her entertaining way of writing with her frank humour. But she surprised my boots off when she wrote about ME! No kidding, go check it out. She has a short video in that post and that’s Jessie playing in the video. Thanks bunches Jessie!

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”  — both quotes JoJo Moyes from Me Before You.


reading chair

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes:  Right from the beginning, I was loving this novel and didn’t want to put it down.

On my Goodreads account I gave it 5 stars out of 5. I absolutely loved this novel and would give it more stars if I could. The characters, especially Lou, were irresistible. The story is funny, sad without being maudlin (oh well, maybe some of us might get a bid maudlin near the end), insightful, thought-provoking, and not a boring moment to be had. I loved this book, period.

Definitely recommended — and great for book clubs (although I did not read this for book club). And it’s with this novel in mind I leave my final thoughts.

Until next Monday dear friends and readers, try something outside your comfort zone, live your week fully, leave an imprint.

PS: You all need to know how much I value your comments — they really are the best bits for me. And I appreciate the time you take to pop in here and then take even more time to leave me a note. You’re the best.

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Candace - February 15, 2016 - 6:29 pm

How fun to be the topic of a blog post! I checked it out. I think I’ll take you up on the book recommendation since I often like what you like. I need a novel, I’m reading something else right now and it’s just not engaging me the way I had hoped so I need a novel break.

Jessie - February 15, 2016 - 9:56 pm

Oh, gosh! Now here I am thanking you for your thank you. But that’s what happens when thank you’s are extra kind! 🙂

I also loved Me Before You. It was a stunning book. I’m pretty sure I started it at night, read the whole thing until the wee hours of the morning and then spent the next day in a haze- for more than one reason.

Lisa Gordon - February 16, 2016 - 3:42 pm

It’s a wonderful post, Diane, and so truly well-deserved!

Susan Clark - February 16, 2016 - 4:59 pm

Nice quotes from you and Jessie. We have two weeks each year of sublime music thanks to our symphony summer school. I know exactly what it means to carry the remnants with you.

Alina - February 17, 2016 - 10:43 am

Thank you so much for such a beautiful and inspiring post!

Sherry - February 17, 2016 - 4:05 pm

I love it when bloggers introduce their readers to other bloggers in such an appreciative way. Good for Jessie! That way we learn about her too.

I value your book recommendations and think that if you like something I probably will too — so on the list it goes.I love the image of the inviting chair and thinking about you reading in it.

I absolutely agree that we go outside our comfort zones — not because we “should” but because we often find something magical and rewarding and surprising when we do…something really worth the extra effort.

Jennifer - February 20, 2016 - 8:03 am

I passed on Me Before You in a second shop because I have so many books in a pile already. After reading your recommendation, I am regretting my decision. Hmm…I wonder if it is still there? Have a nice weekend!

Diane - February 21, 2016 - 9:49 am

I hope everyone doesn’t mind that I always send a direct email back to you, rather than responding here. I’m always so worried a person doesn’t know I’ve responded if I were to leave a reply here. Thank you to every one who takes the time to leave a note — I sure do appreciate it!