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  • Writer's pictureEmma Cohan

Currently Reading: Susan Cain's Bitter Sweet

How sorrow and longing make us whole.

I learnt a new saying today. It's an Arabic proverb "days of honey, days of onion," It means just as you take the good times, you have to accept the bad ones. Ain't that the truth.

I picked this book up as I saw it referred somewhere I forget now. Anyhow I'm on that mission of looking for meaning after experiencing the loss of my amazing mother. It still feels like a dream but the reality of her not being here is crystal clear.

So far I'm on chapter one and its been quite the eye opener. from what I understand the book to be about, Susan talks about how she recognizes that light and dark, birth and death, bitter and sweet are forever paired. That maybe we live in a bittersweet state of mind. With a mix of research, storytelling and memoir this book explore's how we experience sorrow and longing and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, connection and transcendence.

As I've taken a sneak peek through the book reading snippets I read this gem

“Everything you love, you will eventually lose.” But in the end, love will return in a different form."

This is so true.

I'm not entirely sure what to expect, however from the very first words, I fell in love with both this book and the author's writing style. I'm pretty sure it will be a book I refer back to and I'm excited to see what journey the book takes me on. I will be writing a follow up review once I've finished the book.

Have you read this? Let me know!

I hope you have a good book to read or listen to this week.

Happy reading,



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