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twenty-something. girly girl. teacher. puppy-enthusiast.


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46-49; an exercise in patience

46 – 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

The story follows Edward, an adult with Asperbergers, for 600 hours of his life.  Edward has set routines and procedures he does daily but when a new neighbor across the street comes into his life he begins to rethink things.

I loved this book.  I wish I could say more about it, but I feel like I read it forever ago.  I could see how some people could get annoyed by the repetition of his behaviors, but it didn’t bother me (perhaps because it appealed to my own ocd).

 

47 – Halfskin by Tony Bertauski

 Essentially, modern science has created super cells called biomites that target specific areas of the body… anything from physical needs (regrowing an amputated limb, curing diseases) to superficial (weight loss, making you look younger).  Politicians create a system (Mother) to monitor people with these biomites and when they approach “redline” (50% biomite makeup) they kill them, citing that once someone is more than 50% biomite, they become more machine than human.  The main character is approaching redline and his sister is doing the best she can to create “invisible” biomites and save him from certain death.

I’m not usually into sci-fi, but I did really enjoy this book..  Fast paced and easy to get into.  Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.

 

48 – The Dig by Michael Siemsen

This book took me forever to get through.  The main character in this book is able to “read” historical objects – by touching items, he has visions of the people who previously owned them.  Anything someone touches, is wearing, or holds during an emotional time will hold an imprint that he can pick up.  As a child, his father abuses this power to help him solve homicide cases.  Now, he works for museums to help place certain artifacts.  In this book, he travels to Africa to read a strange discovery – a piece of clothing woven from metal threads.  He unfolds the story of a pre-human society in subsequent readings.

The book was interesting, but it was just drug out way too long.  There was so much detail in this society that the author came up with, and after a while I was only reading to find out what happened in the end, but I wasn’t enjoying the journey to get there anymore.  I was not impressed.

 

49 – The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey

You know that Parisian apartment that was discovered, preserved and untouched, a few years ago? This novel aims to explain the back story of the apartment when Cat, a New York woman, inherits the apartment. Soon after she gets involved with the mystery of why it was left to her. Along the way her engagement to a man who is obviously not right for her progresses, and a better fit is right at her fingertips, until… well, I won’t spoil it.

The book was interesting and an easy read, although I was hoping it would tell more about the things in the apartment, as that is what drew me to this book in the first place.  The love story was cheesy and made me roll my eyes at points, but overall this was a pretty good book.

 

I would now like to say that I typed this out completely with one hand, as the other was petting the cat on my lap, and that one hand had to dodge the rapidly moving tail of aforementioned cat whilst it typed.  Phew.  An exercise in patience, for sure.


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5 away from 50!

41: Shoveling Snow by Brett Sills

There is no way for me to describe this in a concise way, so I’m going to use the book description from Amazon:

Ben and Caroline barely recognize each other any more. Their once solid relationship now broken and beaten by unfathomable events, leaving only a shell of past promise. When pressure cracks the last vestiges of their bond, Ben hastily leaves their Southern California home, pointing the car east to what he hopes is the edge of the Earth. After driving until he can no further, he settles in the small, coastal town of Swintonport, Maine to lose himself in quiet and anonymity, renting the quaint guesthouse of Maggie and her ten-year-old daughter, Smoof. But when tragedy strikes his landlord’s family, Ben is confronted with a sobering truth reminiscent of the one he left behind.
 
Once I got into this story, I flew through it.  I really enjoyed it and recommend it for sure. 
 
42: Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
 
A boy and his father move to a new town over the summer and are barely making ends meet.  The boy begins working at a barn to make a little extra money, for a crazy horse trainer who has a love of gambling and drink.  The boy falls in love with one of the trainer’s horses, Lean on Pete.  Concerned for the horse’s well being, the two embark on a unique and heart-wrenching journey across the country.
 
I didn’t love this book, but mostly because it wasn’t anything like I was expecting.  I guess I thought that it was going to be a feel good story about how the boy and his horse persevered and triumphed over the world… but it definitely was not.  Also, the ending left me asking that question.. you know, the “what the fuck?” question.  I’m not one who usually needs a well wrapped-up ending where you know the fate of every character.  But I felt like this book ended rather abruptly.
 
43:  The Scourge by A.G. Henley
 
A young adult futuristic novel, where after the fall of civilization people either live in the trees (Lofties) or the forest floor (Groundlings).  The main character is a sightless water bearer, meaning when the scourge (“zombies”) come she must gather water for both groups of people.  When the scourge come and stay for the longest period of time yet, the water bearer and her keeper go searching for the hidden waters, and discover a whole new world.
 
I enjoyed the story, although at times the writing was kind of meh.  It was cute though, the romance between the two characters, and it was a quick fun read.
 
44:  The Living and the Dead by Todd Travis
 
A collection of short stories and a short novel that were supposed to be scary I think.  I’m not sure.  Some of the stories were creepy, or just strange, but I didn’t find them all that scary.  I don’t know.  I wasn’t overly impressed by any of it.
 
45: Lost by Jacqueline Davies
 
Taking place in the early 1900s, the main character works at the Triangle Waist Factory.  Told in alternating chapters (the present and a memory of the girl’s younger sister, Zelda) you find out that Zelda is not around, but you don’t understand why.  She befriends a new factory girl and finds out that she is a famous missing person with many secrets of her own.  The novel culminates with the famous factory fire.
 
I knew I would like the book if I stuck with it, so I did, although I was really confused about where Zelda was/what the deal was with that situation for a long time.  Overall I enjoyed the story, and it all came together in the end so I’m glad that I finished the book.  However, this is not necessarily an uplifting read (re: Davies subscribes to the George R. R. Martin school of writing… like a character?  NOT FOR LONG!  Death blah blah blah).