Book Talk – A Monster Calls

Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

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Author: Patrick Ness

Initial Thoughts: Okay, this is going to be made into a movie (or maybe it’s already out?), so it’s probably pretty decent. My youngest brother-in-law bought it when we were out shopping one day and he LOVED it, so that’s another point to its credit. AND it was borrowed to me (by the same brother-in-law), so I needed to get it read in a timely manner. My mom started reading it, and loved it. And the cover is pretty.

Plot: Teenage years are never easy, but Conor O’Malley is going through more than his classmates this school year. With his mother sick and everyone at school walking on egg shells around him, Conor just wants things to go back to the way they were before the sickness. The most unlikely friend comes forward to help Conor in his time of need.

This is a heartwrenching tale of disease, loss, and the struggle that surround families during these trying times.

My Thoughts: This was a very well rounded and perfectly written book. Illness is an issue that a lot of books try to cover because it’s a prominent problem in society today. However, it’s a VERY difficult topic to cover. Complex. Painful. Sad. In this book, Ness artfully describes the challenges that surround not only the sick individual but also their loved ones and the grief they must overcome to say goodbye.

I loved… 

  • The plot. This seems a little weird when I think about how much I enjoyed it (it’s a dark subject, after all), but the plot kept me guessing twisting and changing as the story unfolded.
  • The characters. Or really just Conor.
  • The perspective. I watched an oral interpretation piece on “the forgotten child once” describing the loneliness a child may feel when their sibling has cancer. The sibling gets attention and gifts, and questioned after, but often that leaves the other child feeling left out. And when we (or at least I) think of someone who is sick, that is really what I think about. I often forget to think about the loved ones watching the suffering. Reading the story from this different perspectives gives me a more rounded view of how a disease affects a community.

I didn’t care for… 

  • Like any good book, this one was WAY too short. I’m not saying that it’s not well written, it was, it just could’ve kept going.

My Rating… 5 stars!

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I gave this book 5 stars because it was so powerful. I really wish that it had been longer, but, at the same time, it was the perfect length. Absolutely beautiful writing and an entrancing story kept me turning pages from cover to cover.

I would recommend this for… anyone going through a tough time. Cancer is ravaging the country and this book offers unique insight into dealing with loss and illness. Beautifully yet simply written anyone CAN read it, but I think ages 12+ would be best to understand the true depth of this story.

Quotes:

But what is a dream, Conor O’Malley? Who is to say that it is not everything else that is the dream?

 

There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.

 

The green things of this world are just wonderous, aren’t they? We work so hard to get rid of them when sometimes they’re the very thing that saves us.

 

As incredible as it seemed, time kept moving forward for the rest of the world. The rest of the world wasn’t waiting.

 

The answer is that it does not matter what you think because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day. You want her to go at the same time you were desperate for me to save her. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And you mind will punish you for believing both. You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

 

Let’s chat: Have you read this book? Did you LOVE it like I did? Is it on your to be read list? I would love to hear from you!

Tata for now!

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Book Talk – A Hundred Summers

It has been a LOOONG time since I last had a “new favorite book,” but this one took the trophy! Let me tell you about it…

Book: A Hundred SummersA Hundred Summers

Author: Beatriz Williams

Initial thoughts/Why I wanted to read this book: First, this is a beautiful and whimsical cover. As you may or may not know, I just graduated from college and I have a full-time job this summer. Which is VERY different than most of the other summers I’ve lived through (yes, I interned one summer and worked adult hours. I also took a summer class last year and had a mostly adult summer). BUT, in general, this summer does not feel like summer. So I picked up this book to get myself into the summer season. I own this book (with this beautiful cover) and it has been on my list for a while (plus in the goals for spring), so I figured there wasn’t a better time.

Plot: Like every summer, Lily Dane, her mother, and her younger sister travel to their summer home in Seaview, Rhode Island. Just as summer kicks off, she runs into her ex-fiancee, Nick, and former best friend, Budgie, who are also staying on the island for the summer. Facing the truth proves to be, once again, a harsh trial. As the truth begins to reveal itself, the story unfolds faster than you can turn the page.

Thoughts: I really loved this book. I picked it up because I was hoping to get into the summer mood, but that’s not really what happened. I was suddenly immersed in another world, surrounded by romance, unfinished stories, and mystery. This book was well written and provided and an encompasing glimpse into another world.

I loved… 

  • The plot (as usual). This book kept me turning the page with a hunger for the truth, but, alas, the story unwinds like a thread pulled from a tapestry rather than like a flood.
  • I REALLY don’t want to give too much away, but the way that this story unfolds is so unique. Alternating between past and present exposes not one, but two realities at once help to build the characters and unravel the truth that has been hidden for so long.
  • The characters. Even the ones I hated, I loved (does that make any sense?).  Williams writes so well that I believe I truly knew them. Each one was written with careful detail and had a background to support them.
  • The ROMANCE. I’m a sucker – I know – but I can’t help it. I love the sappy, gooey, adorable LOVE. All of it. And it was written so magnificently that I felt like I was experiencing it.
  • I LOVED the 1930s theme. I’m not sure if I like historical fiction (I think that I do), but I really loved the era this was written in.
  • The writing. I can’t say anything about this except that it was PERFECT.

I didn’t like…

  • It wasn’t long enough. Like all good books, I could’ve read this one FOREVER. And it ended too soon.
  • I worry about the characters at the end. (I know that this may seem vague, but I really don’t want to give anything away)

I give it… 5 stars!

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as I did say in the beginning that it’s my newest favorite book EVER! I give it 5 stars (or a LOVE rating) because it’s beautifully written, the story is carefully detailed and beautifully explained, and the characters were brilliant. I am seriously enamored with this book and I wish it would go on forever!

I would recommend this for… anyone who loves historical fiction (the 1930s), romance, and social mystery.  It’s also a great beach read, but could also be good to get away during the cold months of winter.

Quotable Quotes:

Don’t listen to her, do you hear me, Lily? Be yourself, be your own sweet self.

 

Oh, you’re in love with him, are you? I was in love once. It’s a very pleasant thing. I’d recommend it to anyone.

 

This is why I brought you here, when I’ve never brought anyone home before. Serious about you. I’m crazy about you. Don’t you know that? Mad for you. Drunk with you, made up of nothing but you. Since the day we met, there’s not an hour gone by that I haven’t thought of you.

 

What’s a few months? What’ s a little blowup with our families? We’ve got fifty or sixty years to go, Lily.This is nothing. Actually, this is everything. It’s our beginning. Start with a bang, that’s the thing.

 

Let’s talk!! Have you read A Hundred Summers? Did you enjoy it? When was the last time that you had a new favorite book? What was it? What’s your first summer read? Is it getting you in the summer mood? I would LOVE to hear from you!

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What I’ve Been Reading…

I know that I have been a little MIA lately, and it’s not really on purpose, I’ve just been seriously busy! I finished my last year of college, got into grad school, 2 of my brothers graduated, etc. Even to me this just sounds like I am making excuses so I will stop here.

If you follow me on goodreads (link to my profile here), you know that I haven’t stopped reading, but I also haven’t been writing reviews. Again, I’m a busy gal. Now that it’s summer and I can breathe again, I want to catch you up on what I’ve been reading, so here goes nothing (just a few mini-reviews).

1. Book: The Infinite Sea (2nd book in the 5th Wave series)

Author: Rick Yancey

Dates Read: December 12, 2016-December 14, 2016

My thoughts: I really loved this book, it was the perfect follow up to the 1st book in the series. The characters are beautifully written and easy to love. The plot continues to shift and change and I can never guess at where the book is going to go next. I really liked the writing, characters, unique story, and friendship. I didn’t like that it left me not knowing what was going to happen (I have a MEGA-love-hate relationship with cliffhangers) and that so much of the book happens in Cassie’s mind. But overall, I give it 4 stars!

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Quotes: “Can’t go back. Can’t go forward. Can’t hold on. Can’t let go.”

“Self-centered, stubborn, sentimental, childish, vain. I am humanity. Cynical, naive, kind, cruel, soft as down, hard as tungsten steel. I am humanity. He crawled. I am humanity. He fell. I am humanity. He got up.”

“Because love is irrational. It does not follow rules. Not even it’s own rules. Love is the one thing in the universe that is unpredictable.”

“It’ll just be a reminder that you’ll get hurt, but you’ll get better too. Scars remind us we can live life without fear because no matter what happens, we’ll heal. We’ll get better.”

2. Book: The Last Star (3rd book in the 5th Wave series)

The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by [Yancey, Rick]

Author: Rick Yancey

Dates Read: April 7, 2017-April 21, 2017

My thoughts: Short version: an amazing end to this series. Baffling. Not what I wanted or what I expected, but truly great. Over these three books, Yancey weaved a beautiful and unique story that kept changing and kept me guessing. I really fell in love with the characters and I was able to sympathize with them as they went through these aweful trials. I hated the way it ended, but there is nothing that I can do about it (besides if it had ended any differently the story wouldn’t have been nearly as amazing.

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Quotes: “Life is a circle bound by fear. The fear of the predator. The fear of the prey. Without fear, life would not exist.”

“Cogito ergo sum. More than the sum of our experiences, our memories are the ultimate proof of reality.”

“Know what you do when you can’t stand up and march, soldier? You crawl.”

3. Book: Firstlife

Firstlife (An Everlife Novel) by [Showalter, Gena]

Author: Gena Showalter

Dates Read: February 5, 2017-February 8th, 2017

My thoughts: Just wow. I wasn’t sure what to think about this book. It has shown up on my Pinterest several times and I kind of just figured what the hell, so I checked it out from the library and OMG! The story was so unique, the characters so easy to sympathize with, it was the perfect storm. The second book hadn’t even come out when I finished the first, so now I am on a waiting list (ugh!). I really loved how unique the story was, how well it was written, and the characters (of course). I didn’t necessarily love the way it ended or how long some of the parts of the story went. But I think it was a truly great book and I cannot wait to read the next one.

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Quotes: “Two or more glasses of wine a day can severely reduce your risk of giving a shit.”

“The grave is the end

And I will never accept that

I have been set free from the chains that bind me.

I know “Death has lost its victory”

Is a lie, because there is no greater truth than this:

‘Life is hopeless'”

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“Grass isn’t greener on the other side. Grass is greener when you water it.”

“Without pressure, there would be no diamonds. Without tests and trials, you wouldn’t know your own strength – or weakness.”

4. Book: Graceling

Graceling (Graceling Realm Book 1) by [Cashore, Kristin]

Author:  Kristin Cashore

Dates read: April 24, 2017-April 26, 2017

My thoughts: I DEVOURED this book. I seriously loved the escape it gave me during one of the busiest weeks of my college semester. Cashore weaves a tale of strength, individuality, challenges, and love perfectly together in this easy to read book. I really loved the characters (especially the female heroine), setting, and the romance. I wasn’t a huge fan of the

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Quotes: “But you’re better than me, Katsa. And it doesn’t humiliate me. It humbles me. But it doesn’t humiliate me.”

There were a couple more, but I think they’ll just give too much away, so I’ll let you read it for yourself.

Currently reading: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd, Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

Let’s chat! Have you read any of these books? Do you feel the same way I do? Differently? Any reading suggestions? I would LOVE to hear from you!

XOXO,

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The End of an Era

4 years is a really long time. I mean a REALLY long time. It magnificently has the ability to be infinitely long. And somehow after the 1460 days, I look back and it went by in a flash. As my husband says:

The days are long, but the weeks are short.

It took me a while to figure out exactly what that means. This semester – but several times throughout the past 4 years – I have found Monday ticking by more slowly than I even thought was possible. Now, as I look back, those days and weeks passed in a blur and I can’t believe that it’s really over.

I remember moving in. To a place more than 300 miles from my parents. I read and reread my schedule. I marked a map so I wouldn’t get lost on my first day. I packed and repacked my backpack, afraid of forgetting a single thing.

I remember the “I’m out of laundry, so fancy clothes it is” stage. Or worse, the “I’m out for laundry so swimsuit for underwear and ratty pajamas on top” stage.

I remember learning to live with total strangers.

I remember the first time I had to worry about finding the bottom of my bank account.

I remember many tears. Unsure if I was doing the right thing. If this was the path I was supposed to take. Fighting through two calculus classes.

Fighting through two calculus classes.

Late nights. Early mornings.

Everything.

College has been an amazing experience. To be honest, it was way different than what I was expecting when I first pulled up to my dorm doors. It was dirty and expensive and the food really sucked. I have talked to so many people that say that it was the best experience of their lives. I disagree.

I disagree.

It was good. It was hard. I learned a lot. I made some friends. But it was not the best thing I will do with my life. I truly believe that the best is yet to come.

So, as this chapter in my life comes to a close, (and I try to put my ducks in a row – or even the same pond) I am so thankful for the opportunities college gave me. But I am so glad it’s over.

LET’S TALK: Are you in the middle of chaos? Are you graduating? Did you have a filling college experience? 

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2017 Spring Reading List

Hello! It’s been a while dear friends, but I am still here. School is flying by (my last semester as an undergraduate!) and stole ALL my free time. I am writing to you from my lab, where I spend a lot of my time. And yet, when I have a free second, I turn to Pinterest… and add more and more books to my reading list even though I barely have enough time to read my textbooks. I’ve set my Goodreads reading goal for 2017 to 26 books, but I really want to go above and beyond. (My list is REALLY long…)

I’ve set my Goodreads reading goal for 2017 to 26 books (for the third year in a row and this time I WILL succeed), but I really want to go above and beyond. (My TBR list is REALLY long…). In addition, I tend to be a mood reader, and so, sometimes, it is hard for me to read the books on my list because I get bored or don’t “feel” like reading them. But I try.

This spring (like now-ish to the end of May) I want to work on carving t time for myself and read extra. Right now, my thoughts are that I will cut out TV time, go to bed 30 minutes early, and read all these books!

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My Spring 2017 Reading List:

  1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
    • Ten chapters in and I cannot stop thinking about it!
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
    • This will be the year of the classics! (more on this later)
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
    • I stole this one from my brother last time I was home and I can’t wait to read it!} Plus, I still haven’t seen the movie, so don’t ruin it!
  4. After You by Jojo Moyes
    • Just checked this one out from the library and I can’t wait to get into it and find out what happened to Louise after Will
  5. The Violinists Thumb by Sam Kean
    • This one has been on my TBR list since high school. And because it’s what I want to do with the rest of my life, it’s probably about time for me to read it.
  6. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  7. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
    • To get into the mood of summer 🙂
  8. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
    • I just got this one from the library and I NEED to finish this series!
  9. The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman
    • I don’t have this one, nor have I borrowed it from the library, but I just found out about it and it looks AMAZING!
  10. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
    • I borrowed the series from my parent’s library when I was last home because I have never read them…

 

LET’S CHAT: What are you reading this spring? Do you have a list? Are any of my books on your TBR list? Have you read any of these? Any other suggestions for “spring reading”?

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Book Talk – Carve the Mark

Death is a mercy compared to the agony I have caused.

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Author: Veronica Roth

Summary: Since she developed it, Cyra has lived in constant pain caused by her currentgift. Akos disrupts the current stopping anything that relies on it. Trapped under her tyrant brother’s thumb, Cyra spends most of her time fighting to live. One day at a time. The relief that Akos brings with him allows her to see the world as she’s never seen before. The new view opens Cyra’s eyes to the pain caused by her tyrant brother’s rulings.

This story follows these two young people as they discover who they are and how they fit into a changing world.

My Thoughts: I really LOVE Veronica Roth, so I got myself super excited to read this book. I am proud to say, it did not disappoint. This unique storyline is not what I expected picking up the book and, before I knew it, I was hooked. There will be another book (I think), and I am super impatient waiting for it.

What I Liked:

  • The storyline was unique. In true Roth fashion, this dystopian novel kept winding through and kept me guessing the entire way.
  • The characters. I seriously LOVE a well-written character, and the ones in the book are phenomenal.
  • The foreshadowing. In the novel, the characters are fated for futures that are unchangeable. Beautifully and elegantly, Roth wove these into the storyline providing tiny glimpses into what might happen. (But of course, you don’t know how).

 

Things That Weren’t My Favorite:

  • Using two different characters to convey the story. Now, don’t get me wrong, the book was very well written, but I am not a huge fan of different characters telling the story. That being said, it was done well.
  • The cliff-hanger! (I know, I know. This isn’t really anything that SHOULD be changed. I just know there will be another book and I REALLY hate waiting.)

 

My Rating:

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I give this book 4.5 stars. I SERIOUSLY loved the read, it was easy and kept me guessing until the end. There were a couple of things that weren’t my favorite, but, all-in-all, I think that Veronica Roth is a magical writer and I really loved this book.

 

I would recommend this for… ANYONE who liked the Divergent series (of course). I think that anyone who likes dystopian, YA, and books with a plot to keep you guessing.

 

Quotes I <3:

She was not a rusty nail, as she had once told him, or a blade in Ryzek’s hand. She was a hushflower, all power and possibility. Capable of doing good and harm in equal measure.

“Can I kiss you?” he said. “Or will it hurt?”

Her eyes went wide. Then she said breathlessly, “And if it hurts?” And smiled a little. “Life is full of hurt anyway.”

“It’s hard to know what’s right in this life,” she said. “We do what we can, but what we really need is mercy.”

LETS CHAT! What are your thoughts? Have you read it yet? Is it on your to-be-read list?

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Book Talk – Revolution

There is only one thing I fear now – love. For I have seen it and I have felt it and I know that it is love, not death, that undoes us.

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Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Summary: After a painful loss, Andi has been struggling to find her place in life. During her senior year, she is forced to go to Paris with her father. Here, she finds a journal that connects her to a girl stuck in the middle of the French Revolution. The diary connects Andi to Alex in ways she could never have imagined. This story will have you guessing until the very last page. Jennifer Donnelly beautifully wove together the lives of two young women using music, work, and the ties of friendship to bring the story to life.

 

My Thoughts: I thought this was an amazingly well-written story. There were many things that I really liked! This is a great YA novel for people who love an endearing book that deals with a lot of the challenges we face as we make out way to adulthood. I really loved that this book was so deep – there was more to the story than just the story (know what I mean?).

What I Liked:

  • The story was unique, there are not many time-traveling, depressed senior stories on the market and I liked that the book was different than anything I’ve read in a while.
  • The friendship. This is always an underrated part of books. So often, the side characters don’t make the cut of “best part in a book,” but I think they should be front and center in this book. Without her friends, Alex would not have made it through the story and I think that it deserves notice.
  • The music that flows through the story. I have a deep love for classical music and Donnelly was able to weave music throughout the story (I added a handful of these songs to by youtube channel). It was beautiful.
  • The guessing game. I don’t want to give anything away (so I’m going to be that jerk that gives you a cliffhanger), but OH BOY! for the twists and turns that this book took.

Things That Weren’t My Favorite:

  • MOMENT OF HONESTY: I listened to this as an audiobook, and without the readers giving me voices, I don’t think I would have liked this book as much.
  • It kind of got crazy. I like some good plot twists, but some of the ones in this book were just too out there for me to LOVE them.

My Rating:

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I gave this book a 4/5 because it was really well written, and I liked the story, but there were just some concepts that were too out there for it to be a new fav.

I would recommend this for… people who love YA and historical fiction. The story keeps the reader guessing, so I think just about anyone would love the book!

Quotes I <3:

Life is all about the revolution.The one inside. You cannot change history. You cannot change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.

I will rain down silver and gold for you. I will shatter the black night, break it open, and pour our a million stars.

 

Have you read this amazing book? What are your thoughts? Do you plan on reading it?

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Book Talk – The Woman in Cabin 10

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Book: The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Summary: Lo Blacklock is a normal travel blogger, minus the travel. When her boss becomes ill, Lo is given the change that she believes may be the next step in her career. Days before she takes off on this trip of a lifetime, a robber breaks into her apartment and leaves her traumatized. Deciding that leaving is the best way to get over it, Lo boards the Aurora.

The trip begins as if it were a dream, the boat a  beautiful work of art and the passengers, elegant.However, things are not always as they seem to be. Lo experiences something that can only be described as a real nightmare.

My Thoughts: This book was very well written, keeping me guessing until the very end. If you loved The Girl on the Train, I think that you would really love this book. There were several twist and turns, that were completely unexpected, with a unique look at marine murders.

What I Liked:

  • The story! It was murder/mystery in a different light thaL n things I have read before. The book brought up some interesting debates about murders at sea.
  • The writing was YUMMY. Everything in the book was clearly spelled out and easy to follow without being boring to read.
  • The characters, I felt the very real fear and frustrations of Lo Blacklock when I was emersed in her world. Ware’s writing brought the story to life!

Things That Weren’t My Favorite:

  • Lo Blacklock felt kind of whiny. I really loved her struggles, it built her up as a character, but I couldn’t help but get a little frustrated with her attitude in some of the situations. I had a hard time believing that she was really the heroine in the story.
  • Ending on a cliffhanger. I may be over-exaggerating, but I think the ending could have been different. Lo’s obsession should have been over. (That’s all I have to say about that.)
  • The story kept going. There were three distinct points in the book where I thought “this is a great place to stop” and the story continued. Not that I don’t like a meaty book, but it got a little dragged out.

My Rating: 

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I gave this book 4/5 stars because I really loved the read. It kept me guessing all the way through to the last chapter. But, because of the hype surrounding the book, I had been looking forward to more than what it provided.

I would recommend this for… mystery readers. I think this is the next book for anyone who loved the Girl on the Train. I think this book would really be great for anyone who loves mystery books!

Let’s talk! What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Do you feel the same way as I do? What genre do you prefer to read?

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Book Review – and the way home gets longer and longer

“Do you remember what you always said when we went fishing on the island and slept in the tent? There’s nothing wrong with being a bit scared, you said, because if you wet yourself it’ll keep the bears away!”

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Book: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

Author: Fredrik Backman

Summary: Grandpa spends his days sitting on a bench with his grandson, Noah, in the square. Grandpa tells stories, sharing a full life with his precious grandson. Noah and Grandpa share their love of mathematics. Sometimes, Ted, Grandpa’s son sits with him, and they talk about Noah and their history.

But, slowly, the square is growing dimmer. This area where Grandpa’s thoughts and stories live gets smaller each day. Things begin to fade, and Grandpa, Ted, and Noah must learn how to say goodbye.

My Thoughts: I don’t know about you, but some books go in one ear and out the other. And on the other hand, some books have the ability to stick with us for a long time. This is one of those stick-with-you kind of books. For something so short, I am still in awe of the impact it had.

What I Liked:

  • The story was so simple, so real. There were no great theatrics, but rather the quite overpowering of memory loss.
  • The characters were real. I could see myself standing in the square watching Noah swing his feet because his little legs couldn’t touch the ground. I watched the memories flutter away as Grandpa tried to hold tighter to them
  • Backman really embodied the voices of Noah, Grandpa, and Ted. This may sound cheesy, but he was able to sound like these characters.
  • Because this is the first book I’ve read by Fredrik Backman, I found his writing style unique and appealing.

Things That Weren’t My Favorite:

  • It was so short!
  • It kind of jumped around. This was a unique book, I feel like it was right on the line of a kids book vs. a chapter book. That being the case, there were some sports where separation would have been useful, so it didn’t seem as discontinuous.

My Rating:

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I would recommend this for… ANYONE! Seriously, this book is less than 100 pages. I think the story is powerful and deserves to be read. Saying goodbye is never easy, and memory loss is one of the most heartbreaking ways to have to say goodbye. This book shares what memory loss is like on the inside as well as the outside.

Quotes I <3:

He still remembers what it felt like to fall in love; that’s the last memory to abandon him. Falling in love with her meant having no room in his own body. That was why he danced.

“Do you remember what you always said when we went fishing on the island and slept in the tent? There’s nothing wrong with being a bit scared, you said, because if you wet yourself it’ll keep the bears away!”

Those who hasten to live are in a hurry to miss.

The only time you’ve failed is if you don’t try once more.

“Our teacher made us write a story about what we want to be when we’re big,” Noah tells him. “What did you write?” “I wrote that I wanted to concentrate on being little first.” “That’s a very good answer.””Isn’t it? I would rather be old than a grown-up. All grown-ups are angry, it’s just children and old people who laugh.”

There is a hospital room at the end of a life where someone, right in the middle of the floor, has pitched a green tent. A person wakes up inside it, breathless and afraid, not knowing where he is.  A young man sitting next to him whispers: “Don’t be scared.”

Tell me your thoughts! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Do you feel the same way as I do? Is it something you would read? What about the author? Read anything by him before?

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