Sunday, 8 February 2015

Book of the Month | January 2015

Ideas only ever seem to pop into my head at night time when I'm in that strange inbetween time of being awake and falling asleep. It's as if I like to taunt myself because I'm presented with a dilemma every time; to reach for a notebook and scribble some words down fully waking myself up in the process OR to let myself fall asleep and inevitably forget forever whatever it was that seemed like a really bloody good idea at 2am. Sometimes I lie awake at night pondering the ideas that got away, I mean, there could have been a best selling novel in there somewhere. Doubtful, but possible!

It's 2am as I'm writing this (which may explain why I'm perhaps not making much sense) and I've been flicking through my bedside notebook. The last page has 4 almost illegible words because I guess scribbling down ideas in the dark when you're really tired means a distinct lack of good penmanship. Anyway, those words were 'book of the month'. Not all ideas scribbled in that notebook make much sense in the cold light of day, but I really I like the idea of making a note of the book that has made the biggest impact on me each month. I'm hopeful that I'll end up with a collection of 12 books that will sum up 2015 for me. 

Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay
There's something very intimate about poetry. A collection of carefully constructed lines, made up of specific words deliberately chosen and arranged in a particular way to make you really feel something, be it an emotion or an atmosphere or an idea. It is often so deeply personal to the poet that it's almost like reading their diary or looking directly into their soul. It's why I think poetry is also a distinctly personal experience because it depends on a connection. You may appreciate the work of one poet, but another may hit you straight in the heart and speak to you in a way you've never felt before.

This collection is one that speaks to me and I don't think I have the words to ever fully convey why, or to explain why I think you should experience it too in a way that will ever do it justice. All I will say is that Lemn is a pretty inspiring guy. If you have 15 minutes to spare I highly recommend his TED Talk in which he talks about us being time machines and being in a constant state of migration. If you're feeling a little lost, I hope you'll find it as comforting as I did.

I hope you're having truly a wonderful day.

12 comments:

  1. Haha I often wake up in the middle of the night with some idea, I think thats when the best are made :) xx

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  2. I have a special place in my heart for poetry. I will definitely be looking into this one. And that Ted Talk... wow.

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  3. Love this post idea Jennie, can't wait to see which other books you feature! x

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  4. I very rarely read poetry (still scarred from a-level English Lit!), but I think now is the time to re-start. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople. com

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  5. I really like that idea. And I totally know what you mean about those genius idea that you get in that "in between" state at ridiculous hours of the night (or morning actually, that state when you're not completely awake, but not completely sleeping either).

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  6. "to reach for a notebook and scribble some words down fully waking myself up in the process OR to let myself fall asleep and inevitably forget forever whatever it was that seemed like a really bloody good idea at 2am." That happened to me so many times. But most of the times I am too lazy to search for a notebook. Maybe I should keep one under the pillow?

    But your idea is great! I can't wait to find out the rest of the books that mark your months. Unfortunately I had no great book for January, but I already have two for February.
    Andreea | http://catsfika.blogspot.ro/

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    1. Glad that February made up for January! xo

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