Book to Basics #29 The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans

I love sunflowers. That's one of the cards I lay down. Sunflowers are, me.

Last month (wow, was it realy just last month?! It feels so long ago!), I received a surprise gift! It was funny actually, because I was waiting for my online orders to arrive so technically, I was expecting a package, but I wasn't expecting to receive a gift! At first I was worried because when I saw that the pack contained a book, I'm like... "uh-oh" missent package. But when I saw the Sunflower image, I knew it was for me! And it was!

Frankly, I didn't like the book because it's too simple. If you have read through the books I have listed so far, and if you would judge the way I would comment or simply, judge my comments, you should notice that I particularly like complicated reads. Not that I'm too smart to appreciate simple stories, but rather, I want to be smart so much that I always try to feed my head with perplexing thoughts and motives. I want to be a character so confusing, each door you take would lead back to me. :)

However, what I didn't fint in between the words, I found right above the surface. The Sunflower is so simple, but the exposition right at the beginning was really moving... so instead of putting it down, I continued reading on (clue: think Dr. House, only with a heart).

I also found irresistible relatability in The Sunflower's simplicity. Although I cannot fully relate to the protagonist's point of view, there were very little details about her that reminds me of me: such as her love of sunflowers.

But among the few things I find remarkable about The Sunflower's simplicity, the best that I can't let myself forget sharing would have to be the way it used sunflowers as a metaphor of hope. I truly appreciate this because like many sunflower-lovers, el girasol is nature's reminder that things do get better.

I would recommend The Sunflower to anyone who would like to be cradled with very subtle pleasant thoughts.

Here are some quotes I took note of while reading the novel. I hope these quotes make you smile, if not make you interested in picking up a copy of The Sunflower. (Pick a copy, not a flower!) :)

Seek not your destiny for it is seeking you.

Love is never convenient--and rarely painless.

This is my favorite:
Absence is to love what wind is to fire--it extinguishes the small and inflames the great.



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  1. Seek not your destiny for it is seeking you.

    LOVE this line!

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