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Posted by on October 21, 2018

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures – their pleasures and their difficulties – are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

Every once in a while you read a book that truly strikes a chord with you. Some could even say it might be a life changing book. For me, this book is one of those rare books. I read it as part of my commitment to reading books before I see the movie or TV show based on them, and I have never been so glad that I followed that rule.

Our souls at night is an amazing book, it really speaks to the human condition and just how do we cope when life as we know it blows apart. Two people in their golden years find companionship, fondness and love by just needing someone to talk to, the desire for companionship. It truly to me speaks out, we as people are social creatures. Sure, some of us would rather be alone, or we all go through times where it is easier to be alone, but at the end of the day we all need someone to talk to. We need something to hold onto and to keep us grounded in life. When our kids grow up and move out, when our beloved spouse of long years passes away, what happens. So many end up ghosting through life after events, or worse. The night hours, the long dark nights when everyone else is asleep can often be the worst. Our souls at night examines that corner of who we are as people, when many books and stories turn away. I don’t want to give the full plot away, but I have to say read it. Read it and know that no matter how things are, no matter how alone we feel there are ways to find that companionship. You can start new no matter what age you are.

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Posted by on October 17, 2018

 

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

You are about to read a sentence that I have never written before (that I can recall) and most likely will not do so again. Don’t bother with the book at all and stick with the TV series. Honestly, I feel like I am saving you time here. Normally when you read a book you get more detail than you could ever hope to get on screen. I mean I don’t know a single reader that hasn’t said a book they love should have been turned into a 12 hour epic that covers everything. That is so very much not the case with this book.

The pacing is wrong, the focus is wrong and I just want to slap some of the characters so hard. Where as on the show sure I want to smack a few characters, but I understand the motivation the have, I feel invested and I get more details. The book really just seems to fall truly and epicly flat. This is a series about humanity. It makes sure to show us the best and the worst, the human strength and the human weakness. The book just misses that mark very epicly. The book seems to dance around and focus more on all of the shitty things that we do for love. I mean it is true, we do a lot of stupid things for love that is human nature. I just don’t like that focus, like it is trying to be a romance novel and it doesn’t need all of that. There is plenty of love that happens without needing to focus on it. So my bottom line, watch the show and enjoy that and save your time don’t, read the book.

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Posted by on October 16, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“Her philosophy was very simple and direct: You loved other people and were loved back. Both were necessary. She was explaining to me how her world worked.” Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital
by Eric Manheimer



Posted by on October 15, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: If you could no longer read, what do you think you would do as a hobby instead?

Okay, I know the idea of not being able to read is a horrow show for most of us. I know it is for me, but perhaps that is suiting for the month of October, since it is my favorite time of the year. But in all honesty what do you think you would be spending your time doing instead? I have a lot of hobbys, several of which have been spun into buisness work and if I am honest I have struggled in the past few years to fnd more time to read. I am working on that though. So for me this question is fairly easy.

If all of a sudden I couldn’t read or all of the books suddenly vanished from the planet I know I would have severl things I could fall back on. Crochet would be my first choice more then likely. After that I would do some of my other favorites like beading, candle making and a lot of the tinkering stuff I do. Pen pal of course, because I could never live without my paper and my fountain pen ink and pens.

I could probaly make a never ending list of things I would do with more time. I will also of course say if books vanished I would make it my personal mission to write some books so that we could have books again. I love to write, truly and I have many book ideas that I have just not been able to sit down and work on, flesh out and write. It is on my goal and to do list to find the time. Most likely once my buisness is in a place where I feel like I can step back a little more. Being better about all of my blogging would be a good place to start, right? I am so behind on reviews I wanna swat myself for it, but people forgive me, right? *LOL*

So now that I have made a little bit of a novella here for you about what I would do without books, you may think I would be fine without them. I totally wouldn’t, I love my books and want them here. So what would you do?



Posted by on October 9, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“Money didn’t buy you happiness, she reflected afterward, but it certainly provided you with better places to be miserable.”
― Jojo Moyes, The Horse Dancer



Posted by on October 8, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: What helps you make the choice to read a certain book?

I think we all have habits and routines when it comes to picking what we will read next, so I am curious what yours might be. Do you go based on the author? Only a certain genre? Maybe the cover? It takes a series or an author I really, really like to have them go right on my must read list. There are a few that make it though, Lauren Willig is one of those lucky few. I will also admit that I like covers, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes I just can’t help but be drawn in by one. I try not to dismiss a book because I don’t like a cover, but I can be a sucker for a good one for sure.



Posted by on October 2, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy. I didn’t want to cause any unhappiness now—in that way, I decided it was probably better than he wasn’t here to see this, though I missed him so much at that moment the ache of it was as bad as the strange pains in my belly.” ― W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose



Posted by on October 1, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: Do you ever use reading to procrastinate?

I am totally guilty of this one, especially lately. When I know I have to do something I might not really want to do I find it easier to get lost in one of my books. I did a lot of it over the weekend, I really should have been working on my shop website and setting a better balanced schedule for my never ending to do list, lol. So rather than deal with it, I read. Could be worse, right? Thankfully, it wasn’t anything so important I made big problems for myself by allowing myself a happy procrastinate land.



Posted by on September 25, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I am all tucked back into being back in my Home state for a visit. It has been a bit up and down, but there is always a book to lift one’s spirits. I treated myself to a small bit of shopping at good ole Half Price books, seems I have rather missed particularular used book shop.

“Before, I was brazen, life was a new frontier waiting to be conquered. I had high hopes for this adventure called freedom. Almost the way you feel when you get your first apartment and you tell your parents “so long.” The high comes crashing down as soon as you realize there’s nobody around to scold or reward. With it comes the realization that the people you were so desperately trying to get away from are the ones who gave you definition and character, a daughter, a friend, a sister.”
― Trisha R. Thomas, Nappily Ever After



Posted by on September 18, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I am all tucked back into being back in my Home state for a visit. It has been a bit up and down, but there is always a book to lift one’s spirits. I treated myself to a small bit of shopping at good ole Half Price books, seems I have rather missed particularular used book shop.

“Sometimes it took only a few words of faith to reilluminate a spark of confidence that the future could be something wonderful, instead of a relentless series of obstacles and disappointments.” ― Jojo Moyes, The Horse Dancer

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