Monday, November 28, 2016
by Blake Couch
This book is about a man, named Jason, who is torn from his life and wakes into a world where nothing is the way he remembers. In this new world he is not married, does not have a son and is famous for his work in physics. He must figure out what is real, if he wants to return to the life he remembers.
I thought this book was fascinating. I consider myself a science person and even majored in science in College, but Physics was never my strong suit. I still find some of the concepts baffling and difficult to wrap my brain around. Please tell me I'm not the only one?! Anyway, this book is full of quantum physics: Schrodinger's Cat, the multiverse, quantum superposition and all kinds of concepts that in the past I struggled to grasp. And it was Fascinating and mind-boggling tale in the very best way possible. I think the author has done a great job of making difficult concepts easy to understand and follow. I feel like I understand quantum physics so much better now.
Besides learning more about the field of quantum physics, this story was a thrilling book to read. It grabbed my attention immediately and I found myself really caring about what happened to Jason and his family. My son had surgery the other day and I really needed a book that could capture my attention enough to distract me, while I waited for him to be done. Anyone else who has waited while a loved one undergoes surgery will understand my anxiety and this book helped me get through that day, just a little easier.
It did remind me somewhat of the TV show Sliders, in a good way. The idea of endless worlds of possibilities and the struggle to find your way back home. If you find quantum physics interesting, even just a little, I think you will also enjoy reading this book.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Sapphire Rose
by David Eddings
While I was waiting for a book I had requested at the Library, I decided to finish The Elenium series by David Eddings. These books are so nostalgic for me and it has been really fun to re read them. It's probably been 20 years since I first read this series and I still love the characters just as much. David Eddings will always have a special place in my heart. He was my first real introduction to fantasy series and he has done such a great job of creating a cast of characters that I care about. I love the ending of this book. It always brings a smile to my face and it makes me want to read the next series, which continues the story for many of these beloved characters.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
I saw the trailer for this movie and as soon as a learned that it was based on a book, I knew I wanted to read it. This novel tells the story of a couple, who live on an Island with a lighthouse and one day discover a boat on shore with a dead man and a baby. The wife, unable to have children of her own wants to keep the baby and despite his misgivings the husband relents. Later when they return to the main land they soon learn that their decision has devastated another.
I thought this was a really interesting plot and I enjoyed reading this book. But at the same time I didn't love the story. It is such a tragic story and everyone involved, including the young child ends up suffering because of their decision to hide the truth. It just made me really sad and it didn't help that I didn't really like the wife very much. I think I was supposed to be sympathetic to her plight but I thought she was very selfish and uncaring. I mean I get that she had suffered through 3 miscarriages, which is tragic, but for me that really didn't justify her behavior.
There was a moment during my reading that I thought I was going to hate where the story was going but the ending saved it for me. I thought the ending was exactly what this story needed to make it worth my time to read.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
By Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
This is the third book in the Virals series and I really enjoyed this one. The Virals were pulled into a game of life and death, where they had to solve puzzles to stop a bomb from going off. I thought this book was suspenseful and it was fun reading how they were able to solve each puzzle they faced. I like the characters in this book, which always makes a book more enjoyable to read. I liked that this book was very different form the last book. I think it is great to have a series of books that can be read together but can also be read separately with out feel lost or left hanging in suspense. I feel like this series really hits that mark. I enjoy reading these books and plan on continuing to read this series.
I also recently read the short prequel to the first book in the series.
It was a fun quick read and I really liked getting a glimpse at Tory's first experience meeting her dad and the other soon to be Virals.