Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel review- it was like all the characters were just supporting characters, supporting this mind blowing story which was the real main character.

This book was mind expanding and frustrating all at the same time. The thought process of creating this before and after world was amazing, while the characters and their progress were a bit slow. Overall a great book but I found it hard to connect because of the characters.

I just tried to type a synopsis of this book and erased it three times in a row….

So I decided to take an excerpt directly from the book description (cheating I know but the book is just too complex to explain)

“Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all.”

You can read the whole synopsis by clicking on the quote.

This book was intense and vivid. It depicted this terrifying world where everything was gone and we were all reduced to savages. It took everything we are used to and ruined it, changed it, and made us look like selfish pigs in a digital world where everything is handed to us on a silver platter. This book made me seriously look at the way I live my life, the things I take for granted every day. It was terrifying to think about how easily this pandemic could happen, how easily it did happen in this book. One character was haunted by the last cell phone conversation he had; not to his wife, but to his boss about a meeting the next day and an email that he would “shoot over” to the client. How simple that action seemed to be and how it was the last thing he was thinking about in the old world.

So, it seems like I loved the book right? I did. The plot and the intensity of the situation that the characters were in made this a delightful read. The problem, for me, was the characters. I think it depends on the type of reader you are. I find that I connect best with the book when I can connect with the characters and this book didn’t give you that. The story was outstanding and the characters were not meant to steal the show. They were there so that you had that emotional connection to the story. But that was a problem for me, I wanted to feel the horror that they were experiencing.

I wanted to feel more for the characters and I just couldn’t. It didn’t ruin the book for me though, because the story was so good that it stood up on its own, it was like all the characters were just supporting characters, supporting this mind blowing story which was the real main character.

I would love to hear what you thought about the book!! How did you like the ending? Did you feel the same for the characters?

Another brilliant chilling novel: Faithful Place by Tana French

Another stunning book by Tana French. Her words and characters are so riveting and deep that you find yourself thinking about them even while you are not reading the book.

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Frank Mackey comes from a roughed up Irish town called Faithful Place where tough soled kids run amok in the road and go home to even tougher souled parents. (Spellings intended) Frank’s whole life is ripped apart when his high school sweetheart doesn’t meet him the night they are to run off together. Frank leaves town and doesn’t return until he is called back after 22 years to an old suitcase, a body, and a whole town full of memories. Can Frank and the Dublin Murder Squad find out who killed Rosie before the town and the memories strangle Frank?

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Long Paw of the Law by Laurie Anne Marie, an outstanding new author!

“Long Paw of the Law” is a really great first book in a series and I look forward to the rest. Laurie Anne Marie did a great job of creating this twisting and turning story with a quirky plot line and out of the mold characters.
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Its your lucky day!! Three for the price of…….

Did I trick ya with my title?! Did you think you were going to be getting three Rolexes for the price of one? Or three trips for the price of one? Or three rolls of toilet paper for the price of one? Well then……

It’s your lucky day! You get three book reviews for the price of nothing!! I have been a reading machine lately and have been trying to keep up on my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads since I read the reviews of others so much, I decided that I should share my opinions as well. I read three books in three days and I combined my reviews into one post for you! Two are in a series written by G.K. Parks; The Warhol Incident and Mimicry of Banshees. The third was a Meg Cabot book called The Boy Next Door. Below is a picture of the cover of all three! Let me know what you think of the books as well as of my review of them. I was not thorough because although these books were good, they were fun easy reads and I didn’t want to delve too deep 🙂

PS All the pictures are links to Amazon so you can buy these wonderful books too! Make sure you let me know if you are going to get them!

The Warhol Incident by G.K. Parksparks, GK Warhol

This book was great. I got it free from Amazon and it turned into a really great read! The characters were engaging and the plot line was enticing. The book is about an ex-federal agent Alexis Parker and her life now that she isn’t an agent. She gets mixed up in a sadistic murderers plan when she is enlisted to escort a painting from France. Her love interest, who also happens to be the CEO of the company she is consulting on securities with is also ever present. The book is long; I will say that but every page has a new twist with an engaging plotline. There are awesome scenes filled with terror and suspense and I was literally trembling at the thought of Alex’s fate. It helps that there is this forbidden romance that courses through the book and adds to the suspense of the book. G.K. Parks does a great job of making the characters likeable and not going over the top with the plot lines. There is a lot going on in the book but I find when a book has too many lines running all at the same time that I lose interest quickly. That was not the case with this book. Parks writes the suspense scenes wonderfully, with just the right amount of detail that you can picture the horrific scenes perfectly. For a free book on Amazon, I have to say this one rates on my top twenty! I would definitely recommend and of course, since it’s a series I have already bought the second book and can’t wait to crack it open!!

Mimicry of Banshees by G.K. Parkerparks, GK Mimicry

I was less intrigued with this book than with the other book I read by this author. It was along the same lines as The Warhol Incident which was #2 in the series; this book still painted a good picture and had me caught up in all of Alex’s drama. It was just lacking that umph that I needed.

Martin, Alex’s boss/complicated romance, is found on his yacht with a murdered model. Alex works to help find the killer while keeping Martin out of trouble. She fights going back to work in the public sector law enforcement but somehow keeps getting dragged in. Will she find the killer before they turn back to Martin as the lead suspect? Will they somehow make this makeshift relationship work?

The last question was all that I ended up caring about. I found that the girl that was murdered was not a real character in the book, which made it hard for me to want revenge on her killer. I found the middle parts of the book to be boring and in fact skipped over them. There was little need for most of the conversations, nothing important to the story line happened during those pages which made me lose a bit of interest. The author did a good job of keeping the same characters in the novels, which helped the storyline because you didn’t really have to get to know them again. He also continued the battle that Alex was having with herself over staying a cop or not which was a nice line to think about, however got dull during this book. There was some potential in the undercover stint that Alex has to do but it ended up kind of falling flat.

I still was pulling for the romance between Martin and Alex and liked the suspense that G.K. Parks built in regards to their relationship, it gave me that nice fluttery feeling when they saw each other and that frustrated feeling when they were off again. However when the book got boring in the middle so did Alex and Martin’s relationship.

Perhaps I was too pumped up for this book, or had read 4 books in 48 hours (IK, I don’t know what got into me) but I wished more for this book after the last one hooked me so well. I read the other comments that people wrote and perhaps it was just my personal preference after so much love for the Warhol Incident. I hope that my comments do not dissuade any of you from trying this book because the author did a great job on the other ones; this one just wasn’t so much for me!

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot cabot, meg

This book was good. It wasn’t really great but it kept me up until almost 11 o’clock last night finishing it so it had to be pretty good right! The book is about a girl, Mel whose next door neighbor gets attacked and how she meets this boy, Max/John who ends up being perfect for her but he has a secret that he is hiding from Mel. Meg Cabot does a great job of building up the story without any real dialogue while the events are happening. Sorry, let me explain- As you can read from the previous comments, it’s entirely written in email format. Everything that happens is told to another person via an email which is hilarious and irksome at the same time. while nice to read differently for a change, and it’s cute and funny that you get the picture from all these different eyes, it also made me less vested in the characters. I found that the ranting and raving from the other points of view were not really what I wanted to read and just skipped them. I was interested in the romance and what was going to happen and found that it was hard to really “care” what the other characters thought or did. There were other plot lines that cursed through the book, new love, a new marriage, a pesky boss, and nosy co-workers but I didn’t really care too much about them. Maybe it was because there was no explaining them, so there was no real way for me to picture them? I am not sure. But I don’t want to bash the book, because as I said, it still kept me up reading until the very end! It was fun to try a new book with a different writing style and while I am not sad that I read it, I am not thrilled that I read it either.

Thanks for reading!!

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Be Happy, for this moment, this moment is your life- Omar Khayyam

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I have been struggling with something to write these past couple of weeks. My life has been pretty normal. Work, home, clean, cook, sleep. But I have realized a very important thing in these last couple of days that I decided were good enough to share. Continue reading

All in one little book; My book review of Big Little Lies- By Liane Moriarty.

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I rescind my previous comment. I had previously posted on goodreads.com that I was stuck on this book, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I let it sit for a couple of days and read another book or two and then decided to pick this one back up. It was wonderful. I mean, at first I was tortured by the pace, the whiny character voices, the skipping back and forth. I almost wanted to make a spreadsheet just to keep track of all the characters and their children. But by the end of the book I was bawling. I was satisfied and appalled by the ending. I loved the way Liane Moriarty created all these characters with their own separate lives and problems and dealt with so many public issues that families struggle with every day. She tricked you at first by making the book and the characters just seem petty and whiny. By the end however she had shown an ugly face of suburban life that you never saw coming; All in one little book.

I will say the second this book ended, I wanted to pick it back up and re-read it because I knew there were so many bits of foreshadowing at the beginning that I was too busy being bored to pick up on. She lead me the wrong way, made me think I knew just what had happened at the end only to turnaround at the last minute and BAM, never saw that coming; All in one little book.

The dynamic of the characters, adding these harrowing issues right into the lives of perfect, suburban life was so enticing. I loved how each story line wasn’t dominating in the overall plot, yet each individual story was so powerful and important that they could have each had a book and I would have eaten all of them up. It was amazing how she made you hate, then love, hate and then cry for these characters; All in one little book.

Ok, I will digress back to actually talking about the book, not just raving about it. Moriarty wrote in different character perspectives in each almost chapter, hence why it started out so confusing. You start out not knowing anything about any of these characters, all you know is that one of them is dead. Then the author adds this layer of foreshadowing where she ends each chapter with a bit of the police report questions, which only adds more characters for you to keep track of, while flaming your curiosity for “who done it”. I liked that from the beginning the author was very upfront that something nasty had happened. It made you speculate through the entire book. The author throws all these characters right on you at the beginning, creating this quick web of intertwined people who all care way too much about each other’s lives. This was part of the reason I had a hard time with this book at first. I found it hard to get vested in these characters lives when I couldn’t even keep track of who Renata was from who Madeline was, and frankly, who cares when both of them were just whiney, conceded, rich housewives. Oh, how the tides turned when you got to know their stories; All in one little book.

I am still baffled, a day later, that Moriarty could make me, the reader, so tied up in all these characters lives so quickly. I find it similar to the movie “Crash” but way more engaging, dealing with almost every social convention possible while not making that point blatantly obvious. She sneaks these issues in just like they are snuck into real life. She makes them there, but almost makes you doubt they are happening as much at the character does. She shows you almost every point of view of each issue and how each problem effects each character differently; All in one little book.

Well done Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is engaging, enthralling, captivating, sickening, heartfelt, disturbing, funny, lovable, powerful, and heart wrenching; All in one little book.

Thank you for reading my post! Now if you haven’t read the book- GO READ IT NOW! If you have, what did you think? I know I raved about the book and based on comments I have read there are still mixed feelings so I would love to hear what others thought of the book!

Taking it all in

I have been trying find a way to make the holidays less crazy- not successful as there is over a pound of needles surrounding my dead dead dead Christmas tree, most of my presents are not wrapped, my daughter emptied her entire diaper drawer last night, she refuses to stop trying to put her hands in my toilet (ik, disgusting- but my first toilet lock already broke and I haven’t had time to install the second one yet!) and my house is an overall mess.

Yet, through all of the craziness, the holidays are my favorite time. I love the chaos, I love the lights, I love seeing friends and family and giving (and receiving) presents. I can’t wait to pile all of Lily’s presents around the tree on Christmas Eve and I can’t wait for her to wake up and see them and rip open the paper. Even though she won’t even remember this Christmas, this was one of the reasons I wanted kids! I love spending time with family, sitting around a table with wine- or coffee if you prefer and chatting about nothing in particular. I love the craziness of screaming, excited, sugar high kids playing with all their new toys.

This Christmas my goal is to be thankful- thankful for who and what I have, thankful for the wonderful people that I surround myself with and thankful for all the things that I have. Oh and wine, I am thankful for wine. I want to take all the time that I can to soak up the love and laughter that will be around me. I find myself often thinking about all of the things I could do better. I could be reading to Lily instead of taking one second to sink into the couch. I could be cleaning the toilet instead of just shutting the door so Lily doesn’t stick her hand in it. Could have, should have, would have, I want to forget it all and just absorb. I want to take the extra time to speak to the ones I don’t speak to often and to genuinely enjoy myself.

Now I know some of you are thinking, yeah right- I am going to be running out of my house Christmas morning screaming at my husband not to forget the dang pie. But that is what I will try not to do, try not to yell and to get upset over things that just don’t matter. I will be cooking next Saturday for my family, so we will see if this can truly be pulled off. I didn’t say anything about surviving without wine J I will talk more about it soon, but this train of thought, this bone I have been chewing on kind of leads into my New Year’s Resolution, so check back for that post!

Happy Holidays and thank you for listening!