The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

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“I valued that half-dream state of being lost in a book so much that I limited the number of pages I let myself read each day in order to put off the inevitable end, my banishment from that world.” 

I cannot believe I started the draft for this post 21 days ago. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of buying a house, starting a new job, and getting used to a much longer commute (about an hour in the car versus the 5 minute walk to my previous job). However taxing a commute may be, it has enabled me to be able to read, or listen rather, to a couple of really incredible audiobooks in the last few weeks – The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett being one of them.

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The Last Few Weeks in GIFs

I have been way too busy to write a full blog post so to hold you over until I have some dedicated time to put some things on paper, here is the last few weeks summed up in GIFs.

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Exciting news coming at the end of all the madness! Thanks for sticking with me blog people.

Man’s Search for Meaning

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

On the drive down to Florida for our vacation, I listened to Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Matt had some work to finish up so I thought an audiobook would be a good way to pass the time since I didn’t want to bother him while he was working. It turned on to be a fantastic decision.
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It’s Just Pot

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“It takes years to build trust. It can be lost in an instant.”

It’s Just Pot is the story of Lynda, a mother who discovers her teenage son is smoking pot after he is picked up by the police for being out after curfew. Lynda goes through a whirlwind week as she decides how to handle her son’s disobedience and struggles to come to terms with the consequences of him growing up.

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A Man Called Ove

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“We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.” 

A Man Called Ove is the debut novel of Fredrik Backman that was translated into English in 2013. It is the darkly comedic story of a grumpy old man with a rigorous schedule and unflinching principles who gropes with grief, self-reflection, and life. Continue reading

The Girl on the Train

“Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.” 

I recently finished listening to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins on audiobook; I then watched the film version directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emily Blunt. Let’s do a mini review of both of them!

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled.”

Summary

The narrator returns to his childhood home after attending a nearby funeral. As he passes his home, he continues to the neighbors house at the end of the lane – the home of Lettie Hempstock, one of his childhood friends. As he enters the home and comes across one of the Hempstock women, he begins to remember past memories he thought he had forgotten. When the renter upstairs commits suicide in the car of the narrator’s parents, a otherworldly demon is let loose to wreak slow havoc on the people on the narrator’s street. The narrator and Lettie’s story intertwines to relieve the nightmare that is caused by the demon.

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