Since my last update I have finished reading The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker. I found this to be informative and mostly enjoyed it. I did skip some parts because as a vegan it was hard to listen to him go on about how chicken taste and even had a dream about me eating chicken which was kind of horrifying. I finished another food health book called A Bone to Pick by Mark Bittman and it is about farming and GMO’s. I also listened to this on audio book because that is my favourite way to consume non-fiction. Continue reading “Monday Musings: March 4, 2019”
Happy Tag Tuesday!
This book tag was created by Spinster’s Library. I have created a link to her channel so you can watch her video. I love all animals and have had both dogs and cats growing up but I am more of a cat person than a dog person.
1. Tell us about your cat(s)! Name, age, hobbies?
My cat’s name is Mew Mew. She is 1 ½. Her hobbies include napping, people watching from her perch by the window. She loves to be chased around the apartment, hide and seek, play fighting and playing with her mouse. Mew Mew is a very playful kitty. She meows lots when I am busy with other things because she wants to be played with constantly. She is not the most affectionate of kitties but I still try to give her lots of kisses and nuzzel her.
2. Recommend a book that features, includes or mentions a cat?
Continue reading “Tag Tuesday: The Cats and Books Tag”
Happy Family Day to those who are in Canada and have the day off today. Hope you all have a lovely day with your family. And Happy Presidents Day to everyone in the U.S.A. For those of you who don’t have today off I hope you have a happy Monday as well.
Over the weekend I found out some exciting bookish news that I am can’t wait to share with you all. But first I will share my reading progress.
I’m currently listening to The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker. I am a health nut and love reading books about food and the impact it has on us and the earth. I am almost done this one and it has introduced me to some interesting facts about food flavour that I didn’t know before. Continue reading “Monday Musings: February 18, 2019”
Published by: Doubleday Canada
Published: August 7, 2018
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
When ten guests show up at Mitchell’s Inn they are expecting to have a relaxing winter getaway but a blizzard begins leaving them snowed in and without power. The owner James and his son are the only staff at Mitchell’s Inn and they do their best to make the situation as enjoyable as possible but when guests start turning up dead, panic and fear set in amoung the group. Is the murder one of them or is someone else staying at the Inn? Continue reading “Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”
Published by: Harper Collins Canada
Published on: September 9th 2014
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Literary Fiction
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.
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.
- 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.”
- 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.