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On the Night Table [3]: Life Lately

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  Devolution by Max Brooks | Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell | The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel | Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau | The Chain by Adrian McKinty | The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides Hello, Friends. It's been a hot minute. I know I haven't done this in a while, but I thought I'd share some of the books I'm challenging myself to finish this week. With the aid of my Libby, I found three of these books on audio that I went and borrowed from the library. They are: Devolution, The Glass Hotel, and The Chain. So I'm anticipating that I can finish these books before the week is through.  I have no problem reading these books in no time; the challenge comes from actually sitting down and writing my thoughts about them. So I've started writing down preliminary thoughts on my journal so I at least have a jumping board when I find the time to write a review.  I'm hoping this will help me catch up on reviews. I'm really bad at it, only comp

Book Review: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

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 Heartbreaking and real, Beautiful Boy is the story of a father's love and its limits. Or perhaps, its ceiling, depending on how you look at it. Everyday, people's lives are ruined by addiction of many forms. The problem is, we don't realize it's an addiction until it's too late. Families broken, lives lost. But a someone's love can sometimes be the very thing that pushes one's addiction to the point of no return. It isn't freeing sometimes or healing. Sometimes, it can be destructive not only for the addicted, but for the other people in their lives as well.   At the end of the day, we can only watch our love one's find the bottom of their addiction and it's up to them if they need help getting out. In this difficult memoir, David takes us through his journey as a father whose love for his son knew no bounds and learned as he watched as his son traverse the heartbreaking paths that his addiction led him.  A brilliant, loving son, Nic Sheff grew

July 2021 Rewind: And Extremely Late July Recap

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  Hello, Friends. Sorry this is late. I was on vacation the first week of August, and didn't have time to actually draft my recap for July. And then life just got the best of me, so here we are. I hope your July was great, reading-wise and life-wise. I will have to play catch up this week, for sure.  Let's talk about my month of July first. I got into the habit of doing mid-month updates, but completely failed in July, so I'm sorry if this will be a bit long. For now, I'm going to give you the books I read last month: The Red Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk. ★★★★ This was a brilliant interpretation of the Greek tragedy, Oedipus set in Turkey. Also, my baptism of fire in the world of this brilliant writer.  Final Girls by Riley Sager. ★★★★ My second foray into Riley Sager's world is a book about a group of girls who survived a serial killer's attack. This was a fantastic, suspenseful, edge of your seat read.  Frost Blood by Elly Blake. ★★★★ Nowadays, I rarely ventu

Book Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

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 I am not the biggest fan of Science Fiction. It's a genre that sometimes felt a bit clinical and technical at the same time, in my opinion. So it's a wonder how I managed to read all three of Andy Weir's books. The Martian bored me to tears. As well, Artemis. I had no expectations with his latest. Well, colour me surprised when I fell head over heels with Project Hail Mary! As of this writing, I've read it twice already.  I think he made Scifi fun, the humour that he used made it all the more palatable to plebes like me.  So this story started out like any other space novels usually do: humans trying to save the planet that's either dying or dead. Well in this book, an anomaly in our solar system turned out to be something catastrophic not only for Earth but for the entire galaxy alike. A thin red line of microscopic matters spanning the distance between Venus and the sun were found to have the ability to sap the power of the fiery giant. It's actually a micros

Hoarders, Books Edition [11]: Thrifting Ain't Easy

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 Let me tell you why it's not easy: Because the books are cheap, you literally have to force yourself not to empty the shelves and into your cart.  Because you have the memory of a bird, you have to be careful not to take a book home that you already have. You lack self control. (See reason#1).  This is what I've been doing the past month or so. I've found myself perusing the shelves of several thrift stores in the city with the excuse of looking for a specific book. After reading Stephen King's If It Bleeds, I have the itch to read four of the books featured in his short story collection: The Outsider and the Bill Hodges Trilogy . But I somehow end up going home with something that I was not looking for. That's okay. There's no greater feeling than finding that book you're looking for. Unfortunately, I only managed to find the first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, so I may have to either keep looking or suck it up and buy the books new. After perusing my

Book Review: Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

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 Rivers Solomon is a new author to me. After reading Sorrowland, however, I have a feeling I will be searching high and low for their books. Their latest novel tells the horrors of being in a cult. In the beginning, the purpose of this commune was to establish a community specifically to enrich the lives of the Black members of the congregation. To become independent of a world ruled by white folks. But as years go by, lawlessness forged in independence blurred the lines between a religious congregation and that of a cult.  We meet our main character Vern, pregnant at 15 fleeing the commune. In the woods, we see the first glimpse of her survival instincts as she gave birth to her child while simultaneously running away from a hunter on her tail. And as she found a little distance from her hunter, she realized she was not done giving birth. She carried her twins, still fleeing deep into the forest. From there, we realize that her strong will and strength seemed supernatural almost. And

Reading Update: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | First Published: 1877 | Edition: May 31st, 2004 | Page Count: 838 Date Started: June 7th | Currently: Page 246 on July 13th, 2021 Obviously, this is going very slow. The language is tough to get into but I'm enjoying how it forces me to slow down and absorb what I'm reading. So far, I'm getting the hang of it. The first 200 pages, I feel is like being dropped into the story right off the hop. While I'm introduced to the cast and characters, Tolstoy made me feel a familiarity with them all. It's an odd feeling, sometimes disconcerting. Because I expected to slog through the very foundation of the story, but that is not the case at all.  Here's the story so far: The novel opens at the Oblonsky's house. Stepan Arkadyich, Anna's brother is having some marital problems. His wife found the missives he exchanged with their former nanny, discovering an affair. Dolly has had it with Stepan and is close to leaving him for good. The