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Book Review: Station Eleven + Half A Life

January 14, 2015

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A lot of people ask how I have time to read with two young kids. It’s so easy! All you have to do is ignore your dishes, hair, laundry, husband, and children.

I’ve also managed to convince my three-year-old that it is customary to have what I call “Reading Club” once a day while the baby sleeps. We gather pillows and blankets and get comfy on the couch while we read together silently. “Silent” being the most important adjective.

You, too, can have your very own reading club by using your power of manipulation to make this dream come true.

(See also: long bathroom breaks).

Happy reading.

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 1. Station Eleven

Station Eleven

If You’re Looking For: Post apocalyptic drama with a side of (sad) Hollywood

If You Liked: The Road, Oryx and Crake

My Review: Oh dystopian fiction, how I love thee. This book was a delight. A haunting, page-turning, character driven delight. I read it in 48 hours, forgoing the dishes and basic hygiene to read “just one more page.” Moving, human, and tender. The perfect book to read in flu season, award season, and in 2015.

Their Review: “Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything.” - Ann Patchett

Quoted: “Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”

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2) Half A Life

half a life

If You’re Looking For: Grief Memoir

If You Liked: The Last Lecture, Blue Nights

My Review: There is some sloppy writing here; choppy sentences and one too many unnecessary disclaimers. But the content is truly gripping. The first line, “Half my life ago, I killed a girl,” is the beginning of a story of what happens when you accidentally take a life. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live with a ghost, this book answers those questions. Thought provoking, haunting, and painfully honest. A quick read.

Their Review: “Elegant, painful, stunningly honest . . . huge [and] heartbreaking.”—The New York Times Book Review

Quoted: “I’ve come to see our central nervous system as a kind of vintage switchboard, all thick foam wires and old-fashioned plugs. The circuitry isn’t properly equipped; after a surplus of emotional information the system overloads, the circuit breaks, the board runs dark. That’s what shock is.”

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Book Review: Big Little Lies + Vernon God Little

December 2, 2014

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Two Australian authors. Two great reads.

(Two books that could not be more different).

Happy Reading.

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1. Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

If You’re Looking For: Suspense, drama, fiction

If You Liked: What Alice Forgot, Belong To Me, We Were Liars, Jodi Picoult (but in a good way)

My Review:  Highly entertaining, suspenseful, and heart wrenching. This is one of those long books that reads like a short book. Liane is good like that. She’s also a wizard at jumping between dark and light, making jokes and witty dialogue in between scenes that give you goosebumps. A novel you pass around and text about at 11pm. A good book club book.

Their Review: “Probably the funniest book about murder and domestic abuse I’ll ever read.”  -Ann on Goodreads

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2. Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

If You’re Looking For: Dark satire

If You Liked: We Need To Talk About Kevin

My Review: Dark, profane, and oddly poetic. While this story is set up as a typical “outside teenage male observing the world,” it reads like a Booker Prize award winning novel (which it is). Vernon will leave you feeling shaken, changed, and smirking. A unique and propelling story.

Their Review: “If you’re offended by what this book may say about life in Texas or America, then don’t read this book. If you’re offended by a foul-mouthed boy whose morals are questionable at times, then don’t read this book. This novel is also touching, poignant, irritating, exasperating, and laugh-out loud funny. DBC Pierre took risks in spades in Vernon God Little and if you’re strong enough to take them with him, then this book is one you should read. Like any good satire, he’s highlighted truths hidden behind the facade of everyday life.” - W. R. Greer, Canongate

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