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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things


Every now and then a book comes along that cracks you right open with every. single. word! I am a huge book worm, at school I spent more time in the library than anywhere else, and I considered the MS Read-a-thon a sport, seriously. Books are my thing, and the Book Depository is where I spend way too much money filling and (over) filling my book shelves.

Cheryl Strayed is a ridiculously amazing writer! Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of letters and responses that Cheryl penned during her time as internet Agony Aunt ‘Dear Sugar”. The letters are varied and they are filled with some of life’s most defining, traumatic, deeply painful and complex questions. Cheryl shares her advice based on her own experiences, with her unique humour and beautiful depth of compassion.

These are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word love to the people you love so when it matters the most to say it, you will.”

“Trust yourself. Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.”

“The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love the most deeply in a new, more fractured light.”

‘Do not reach the era of child-rearing and real jobs with a guitar case full of crushing regret for all the things you wished you’d done in your youth. I know too many people who didn’t do those things. They all end up mingy, addled, shrink wrapped versions of the people they intended to be.”

“What if the greatest beauty of the day is the shaft of sunlight through your window?”

“There are so many tiny revolutions in a life, a million ways we have to circle around ourselves to grow and change and be okay. And perhaps the body is our final frontier. Its the one place we can’t leave. We’re there till it goes. Most women and some men spend their lives trying to alter it, hide it, prettify it, make it what it isn’t, or conceal it for what is is. But what if we didn’t do that?”

“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”

“Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there.”

“A terrible thing happened to you, but you mustn’t let it define your life.”

“Be fearless enough to let love transform you.”

Do you love Cheryl and her writing too?

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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    I have to read this book. I got all goosebumpy reading these – thanks for sharing. And this one “A terrible thing happened to you, but you mustn’t let it define your life” is my favourite! What a wise woman!

    • admin

      It is a must read, you can borrow mine anytime if you like xx

  • Helga

    I finished Wild a couple of months ago and loved it. I will certainly be having a look at this book too, I had no idea she was an Agony Aunt!

    • admin

      Helen I LOVED Wild too, and it was after that I went looking for more of Cheryl’s words and found Tiny Beautiful Things! xx

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