Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Published by: Harper Collins Canada

Published on: September 9th 2014

Pages: 333

Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Literary Fiction

Purchase:  Amazon   Book Depository    Chapters

Summary                        

This book is hard to summarize because it has a lot going on and is kind of all over the place but I will do my best.

Our civilization has collapsed after a deadly flu wipes out the majority of the population. We follow a cast of characters, seeing the lives they lived before the flu, what happened during the pandemic and fifteen years after.

 

My Thoughts                     

This book has soo much love surrounding it, everyone raves about how amazing this book is and I honestly don’t get it. I’m not saying it is a terrible book and I hated it because I didn’t I just thought it was ok. I guess I am just missing what everyone else is seeing and that’s ok, it happens.

One of the things that set me up for not loving this book is that it is quite different than what I imagined. Many people when describing this book is they say it is a dystopian and when I think dystopian I think of a society that is being oppressed by government or an individual. And I thought that individual was going to be this prophet but that wasn’t the main focus of this book and not a lot of time was spent there. I think of it as more post-apocolytic Instead the book focuses on a few characters and their lives before and after the flu. And each of the characters are in some way connected to a famous actor Arthur Leander.

Cons

  • I felt like something’s were poorly explained like the disease that wiped out the world. Also, everything went off the grid within a few days, I just didn’t find that very believable.
  • My main issue with this book is I didn’t connect with the characters and so I didn’t feel for them or care about their stories. I also found it confusing when she would say a side characters name and then call them by the instrument they played other times, I just didn’t know who was who half the time.
  • There are certain items that a character has kept that marks the end of the world for her and these items hold importance in the books themes and connects the characters. And in the end when it is revealed how the character received these items and the connection it was just not satisfying to me and I was like what is the point.
  • What is the point is how I felt about this book, there was not much going on and I guess the point of this book is to answer the age-old question “what is the meaning of life” and “what makes us human” and I think her exploration into those questions fell flat for me.

“If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there’s nothing that you cannot justify. There’s nothing you can’t survive, because there’s nothing that you will not do.”

Pros

  • Well written.
  • I loved the atmosphere the author created for the post-apocalyptic scenes
  • I enjoyed reading about places I am familiar with since I live in Southern Ontario.

“No one ever thinks they’re awful , even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.”

I have to say I am a little sad that I didn’t see what everyone else did while reading this book. Have you read Station Eleven? If you have let’s discuss in the comments below.

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April Book Haul

April Book Haul

Happy Mothers Day!

What is everyone doing for Mother’s Day? I will be heading to my moms for a visit and to take her to the movies. We are going to see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer. It looks funny and I am sure we will both have a good time.

I know I did one of these recently but I didn’t feature any books from April because it would have just been too long of a post, so here we are. 🙂

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

  • Kristin is one of my favourite authors and I will buy anything she writes. Even thought I haven’t read all her books but the few that I have, have all been great emotional reads.

An American Marriage

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • Solely bought this for the cover and didn’t even read the synopsis but the title does sound interesting.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • I borrowed this from the library and it was past due, so I had to return it before I was done reading it (still not done) and I am enjoying it so I figured I might as well buy it. It is a generational novel following two sisters, one who was sold into slavery and the other who married a slave trader, and it follows each of their family line.

April Book Haul

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

  • The blurb by Celeste Ng is what sold me on this book. “A Tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters”

The Women in the Window by A. J. Finn

  • This book has been all over lately and I love a good thriller, so, had to buy it. Anna has agoraphobia and spends her days in the safety of her home but one night when she looks into her neighbours window she sees something that she shouldn’t have and it spins her life into chaos.

April Book Haul

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

  • So far, I have enjoyed all Chevy Stevens books and I hope that continues with Never Let You Go. This one is about a womenl who leaves her abusive husband and starts a new life.

Still Life by Louise Penny

  • Katie from Life Between Words recommends this series and I trust her opinion. I also like supporting Canadian authors and it was only $8.

April Book Haul

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • I have seen this book on few vlogger’s channels and they all say great things about this book. It is a dystopian, about a travelling symphony and their travels lead them to a violent prophet.

April Book Haul

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

  • Set in 1926, Australia a light keeper and his wife find a baby and a dead man in boat that has been washed on to the shore. The wife wants to keep the baby thinking it is a miracle from god, since they have had trouble conceiving but Tom doesn’t think it is a good idea and that the mother is missing the child.

The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon

  • I seen this on BookOutlet and it is blurbed by George R. R. Martin saying “this is the orginal Game of Thrones” but I didn’t realize that it was the third in the series. Hate when that happens

April Book Haul

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

  • Set in 1590, recently widowed Katharine moves into her uncles manor in Lancashire. While there she meets the schoolmaster, William Shakespeare, and is captivated by Shakespeare’s verse. I haven’t read a fictional account of Shakespeare so that is what intrigued me to pick this up.

The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

  • This movie adaptation looks great and I want to watch it but being a book snob I feel like I need to read it before I watch the movie. The Beguiled is about a wounded union solider who is brought to the Seminary for Young Ladies. The solider begins pitting the girls against each other to gain his freedom.

April Book Haul

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

  • Roaslind Perry has moved to Chicago, to work as a housemain for the privliaged Sloane family in hopes that she will find out what happened to her sister Miranda. I have started reading this and it is more of a romance than it is a mystery.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • I’ve read The Shadow and the Wind and loved it and this one has the same dark mysteriousness to it but for young adults. The Carver family moves into a new house and after they have moved in strange things begin to happen.

April Book Haul

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

  • I  picked this up for the cover, it is soo beautiful. I don’t even know what it is about, I tend to that a lot.

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

  • Second book in the Impluse series. I haven’t read Impulse yet but I will eventually.

April Book Haul

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

  • Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story – a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A dark story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

  • I have already read this but borrowed it from the library and loved it, so needed my own copy and plus I am on a mission to own all her books.

There you have it all the eighteen books I have added to my shelves recently.

Have you read any of these?

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Top Ten Tuesday// Books With My Favourite Colour on the Cover

Welcome,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have had such a busy day I haven’t had time to do this post until now but I didn’t not want to post it because I love this prompt. But really, any excuse to show of my beautiful books I can’t refuse. 😀 My favourite colour is blue and there are many options for me to choose from but I went with these ten.

 

 

 

What is your favourite colour and what are some of your favourite books that are in that colour? Let me know.

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Top Ten Tuesday// Books That Take Place in Another Country

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s prompt is books that take place in another country. I love reading books set in other countries. It is always fascinating to read about a different culture and learn something new. I have selected a few of my favourite books that are set in another country that isn’t Canada. I have also chosen a few books that I haven’t read yet but plan on reading soon. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday// Books That Take Place in Another Country”

Unboxing// February PageHabit

Unboxing// February PageHabit

Hey There,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, I am back with another unboxing, this one is the February PageHabit. Each month I purchase the History box with a mystery add on. These are my favourite genres and I love getting this box every month.

If you aren’t familiar with this company, PageHabit is an awesome monthly book subscription service. I just love this book box and highly recommend it.

Reasons why I love this subscription service:

  1. Annotated by the author
  2. Variety of genres to choose from
  3. You can add a book from a different genre to your order
  4. They donate to literary charities for each box and also when you share a pic through social media
  5. Note from author
  6. Great selection of bookish goodies

Continue reading “Unboxing// February PageHabit”

WWW Wednesday March 21, 2018

WWW Wednesday March 21, 2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! It’s fun and easy to participate all you have to do is answer the following 3 questions.

What are you currently reading?

I have a few books on the go that I recently started and therefore don’t have many thoughts to share. A Wrinkle in Time is a book I could read in one sitting but have been reading it slowly while on lunch. The Murray family is interesting and have been enjoying the read. I am about 100 pages into The Prusuit of Pearls and have also been enjoying it. Just started the audiobook for The Eight last night and I WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished listening to Her Evey Fear by Peter Swanson and really enjoyed this creepy psychological thriller. Refuge by Dina Nayeri was an enlightening read about life as an Iranian refugee. I liked reading about the complex relationship between Nilo and her father. WWW Wednesday

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What do you think you will read next?

I really want to get to The Nightmare next because I want to continue on with the Lars Kepler series and this is my TBR jar pick for March.

WWW Wednesday

What books have you recently read/finished?

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TTT// Books on my Spring TBR

 

Happy Spring Everyone,

I can’t tell you how happy I am that Spring is finally here, I am so over winter. lol This weeks TTT is books you plan on reading this spring. I love this topic for this week because I was planning on doing a Spring TBR post.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Continue reading “TTT// Books on my Spring TBR”