What I Read | January

Greetings to all of you. May you have a nice day ahead. Finally at last, I am back with reviewing books that I have read over these pas...



Greetings to all of you. May you have a nice day ahead. Finally at last, I am back with reviewing books that I have read over these past few months. I have some time to finish reading a book and currently on a semester break, right now, that is explainable. Been neglecting my avid-reader sense that I forgot to update some new books to fill the online shelves. Seems like that I have to discover new books recommended by other people. 

So, this books I already had finish reading since November 2017 to January 2018, it took me months to finish it showing that how much of of a procrastinator I am, living like a slob like I always am. Enough with blabbering, I found this book while searching for some books that are good to read online and this came up by few recommendations. 

TitleUntil I Say Goodbye: A Book About Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel
Pages- 384 pages

Forewords- In June 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles. She was forty-four years old, with a devoted husband and three young children, and she had only one year of health remaining.

Susan decided to live that year with joy. She quit her job as a journalist and spent time with her family. She built an outdoor meeting space for friends in her backyard. And she took seven trips with the seven most important people in her life. As her health declined, Susan journeyed to the Yukon, Hungary, the Bahamas, and Cyprus.

She also wrote this book. No longer able to walk or even to lift her arms, she tapped it out letter by letter on her iPhone using only her right thumb, the last finger still working. However, Until I Say Good-Bye is not angry or bitter. It is sad in parts but it is filled with Susan's optimism, and sense of humor. It is a book about life, not death. One that, like Susan, will make everyone smile.

From the Burger King parking lot where she cried after her diagnosis to a snowy hot spring near the Arctic Circle, from a hilarious family Christmas disaster to the decrepit monastery in eastern Cyprus where she rediscovered her heritage, Until I Say Good-Bye is not only Susan Spencer-Wendel's unforgettable gift to her loved ones--a heartfelt record of their final experiences together--but an offering to all of us: a reminder that "every day is better when it is lived with joy"

Review- The book is a wonderful reminder to live in the moment, to have the strength to live with uncertainty and to let go of what you can no longer do. She talks, for example, of no longer being able to swim and letting it go, focusing instead on what she can do and can enjoy. Honestly, this is beautifully told and such an inspiration. I would read it again to remind myself to live in the moment and cherish all that comes my way. What a good book.


Love, Syfka

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  1. Gosh, sukaa sangat tengok org baca buku english, sy baru je nak start baca (first try baca ni) haha sbb tulah lambat nak habiskan sbb nak cari maksud lagi hehe :)

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    1. Boleh improve our english better by reading some books especially classic and literature ones hehe all the best baca buku english!

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