“Tiny Beautiful Things”: Best book I’ve listened to in 2015

I recently got started on audiobooks after Debbie recommended Overdrive. You can get free access if you are member of the National Library Board, Singapore. They have loads of ebooks and audiobooks (legit comnercial ones instead of the amateur ones I used to listen to).

In the past I used to see people with earphones as anti-social. I wondered why they couldn’t appreciate just being in the moment or use their imagination to occupy themselves.

I take that back. I’m one of them now.

I love listening to audiobooks because it’s difficult balancing a Kindle on a crowded bus. It’s annoying trying to use my finger as a bookmark in a physical book while reading on the crowded public transport.

Anyway! That’s not the point of this blogpost.

I want to share what is my most favourite audiobook in 2015: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. The book is a collection of Q&A’s from her Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus.

I love that her advice column isn’t purely an advice dispensing machine. Instead, she weaves in stories from her own life, making me realize our lives are very similar. People have similar problems.

My favourite paragraph is from Column #64 “Tiny Beautiful Things” where she answered:

One hot afternoon during the era in which you’ve gotten yourself ridiculously tangled up with heroin you will be riding the bus and thinking what a worthless piece of crap you are when a little girl will get on the bus holding the strings of two purple balloons. She’ll offer you one of the balloons, but you won’t take it because you believe you no longer have a right to such tiny beautiful things. You’re wrong. You do.

The whole thing about innocent little girls and tiny beautiful things just overwhelms me. (I’m easily overwhelmed these days, it seems.)

I think books find you at the right time. Or maybe it’s the other way around. I really like that I “read” the book now instead of three years ago because it really helps with the problems I have now. (And the fact that it’s an advice column, it’s even more amazing.)

What’s even more amazing is probably my skillz at trying to link things that are totally irrelevant to make them seem like there’s magic.

See you in the next post!

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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