HIGHLIGHTED WORDS | LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD BY AVA DELLAIRA

Welcome to another highlighted words segment where I share with you guys some phrases and words from books that I read and I felt it was relevant and relatable. This blog series also shows my laziness to write a proper book reviews lol (sorry) I should change my blog name to The Lazy Writer is that one taken yet? 🤔

ANYWAYS… 😬

Let these highlighted words from the book speak for the book itself.

Love Letters To The Dead By Ava Dellaira (Novel)

Credits to goodreads

“Sometimes your music sounds like there’s too much inside of you. Maybe even you couldn’t get it all out. Maybe that’s why you died. Like you exploded from the inside.”

“The more you love something, the harder it is to lose.”

“I think it’s like when you lose something so close to you, it’s like losing yourself.

“But life isn’t like that. You can’t be sure how it’s going to come out, even if you do everything right.”

“Music fills up a home. And one day, suddenly the music could escape through a window. For the rest of your life, you had to chase it.”

it feels good to belong somewhere.”

“If beauty is truth, and if truth is beauty, they are defined by each other, so how do we know the meaning of either? I think that we make our own meanings, by putting ourselves into them.”

“Then I just go around and around. And I still don’t know how to make sense of the world. But maybe it’s okay that it’s bigger than what we can hold on to. Because I think that by beauty, you don’t just mean something that’s pretty. You mean something that makes us human.”

“Maybe that’s what being in love is. You just keep filling up, never getting fuller, only brighter.”

“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

“You are in awe of something so beautiful, and at the same time, you know that particular sunset will only be there for a moment.”

“I know that it can be hard to believe that someone loves you if you are afraid of being yourself, or if you are not exactly sure who you are. It can be hard to believe that someone won’t leave.”

“When we are in love, we are both completely in danger and completely saved.”

“We were here. Our lives matter.”

“Truth is beautiful, no matter what that truth is. Even if it’s scary or bad. It is beauty simply because it’s true. And truth is bright. Truth makes you more you. I want to be me.”

“I have found that sometimes, moments get stuck in your body. They are there, lodged under your skin like hard seed-stones of wonder or sadness or fear, everything else growing up around them. And if you turn a certain way, if you fall, one of them could get free. It might dissolve in your blood, or it might spring up a whole tree. Sometimes, once one of them gets out, they all start to go.”

“Nirvana means freedom. Freedom from suffering. I guess some people would say that death is just that. So, congratulations on being free, I guess. The rest of us are still here, grappling with all that’s been torn up.”

“After something really bad happens, the next worse thing is people feeling sorry for you about it. It’s like confirmation that something is terribly wrong.”

“It’s sad when everyone knows you, but no one knows you.”

“Do you ever think that for one second you could forget about how it’s supposed to be and just deal with the way it is?”

“Maybe it’s just when you get older, you understand things that you couldn’t before.”

“So maybe when we can say things, when we can write the words, when we can express how it feels, we aren’t so helpless.”


This was actually the last book that I read, and I had a hard time finishing it because I was so caught up with everything that was happening in my life at the time. Work and personal stuff got in the way. So, after 5 months I had finished it (yay). I enjoyed reading this book, there were so many quotes that I totally connected with as you can see from the ‘highlighted words’ above. The book had this great concept by the way, telling stories through writing letters like with Love, Rosie. I always loved that way of writing a book, I know it’s kind of overrated but it’s cute.

Anyways, I hope you liked these highlighted words as much as I did. 😊👋🏼

HIGHLIGHTED WORDS | THE DOGS I HAVE KISSED BY TRISTA MATEER

I have always loved reading books, there was a point in time where that was all I ever did with my free time but then adulting happened and suddenly I didn’t have that free time anymore lol. I have read plenty of books but I never really wrote reviews about them except when I feel a strong connection to it but it’s more of a reaction than a review. So, I went to my goodreads page and saw all the books that I have read in the past and I initially regretted that I didn’t write a reaction/review to it because I was too lazy to write reviews on books. I just feel like a lot of things happen in books and there’s a lot of details unlike in movies, and I am not good with organizing and explaining my thoughts to write concise reviews. But I did highlighted some pages, phrases, sentences, and words that I felt I related to. So, for the next few days I am going to do a blog series where I share some of these highlighted words that I connected to at the time that I read it and for you to also have insights on these featured books.

Let these highlighted words from the book speak for the book itself.

The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer (Poetry Book)

“I have been told that girls always fall for men like their fathers,
but I found it a hard concept to grasp when he was always gone.”

“Words like sweetheart and princess make me straighten my back.”

“When I found out that you could cry ‘please no, please don’t, please no, please don’t’ loud enough to wake the neighbors and they still wouldn’t turn on a porch light.
And I never wanted to tell anyone but the poems.”

“Will I ever let this guard down long enough to learn anything new? Fuck no.”

“In this life, you’re going to love like pulling teeth (one after another) and that’s okay.”

“compromising yourself is part of growing up.”

“it’s hard to tell the difference between wanting to die and just wanting to sink for a while.”

“I want to take the messy part of you in like small children, like stray dogs. Kiss them on the mouth, give them a place to stay.”

“Is this okay, is this okay, is this okay, or does it make me weak.”

“I don’t know why I thought the sound of your voice could make up for all the bad things that ever happened to me.”

“I don’t know how to be angry with you, but my pride demands I figure it out. It is so easy to make monsters out of the people I have loved, to pick up a pen and write ‘THIS IS YOUR FAULT’ until the page is full. It is easier to make myself the monster, to snap and bite and run and hide. It is easy to bare my teeth. It is harder to be honest.”

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