Monday Musings: February 18, 2019

Monday Musings: February 18, 2019

Dear Bookworms,

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.

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”

Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Published by: Doubleday Canada

Published: August 7, 2018

290 Pages

Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Summary                 

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”

Mini Review: When the Lights Go Out and The Woman in the Window

Mini Review: When the Lights Go Out and The Woman in the Window

When the Lights Go Out Mini Book Review

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Published by: Park Row Books
Published on: Sept 4, 2018
Pages: 336
Mystery, Thriller

Summary

After the death of her mother, Jessie Sloane, makes an unsettling discovery that makes her question who she is. While suffering from insomnia Jessie goes on the pursuit to find answers. Continue reading “Mini Review: When the Lights Go Out and The Woman in the Window”

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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The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

Published by: Scribner

Published on: July 31st 2012

Pages: 343

Historical Fiction

Purchase:   Amazon    Book Depository   Chapters

Summary                               

Set in the late 1920’s Australia, Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel live a sheltered life on a small island where Tom is the light keeper. Being the only people on the Island it is easy to lose ones sense of reality. And when a boat is washed up on shore with a dead man and a crying baby, Isabel sees this as a miracle and wants to keep the baby where as Tom wants to report it. Since, Tom feel he owes Isabel this happiness they don’t report it and raise the child as their own. But when they go back to shore their sense of reality returns and begins to weigh heavily on Tom’s conscience. Continue reading “The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman”