It’s Just Pot


“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. Continue reading

A Man Called Ove


“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

© Neil Gaiman

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


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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