What am I Reading?

May 2017-4

May 2017

How are you lichen summer so far? See what I did there? May involved some reading adventures resulting in sunburn. Stay safe and happy reading.


The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

#karllikes rating 3

I read this book quite quickly, partially due to the story itself and partially due to the fact I had just received a new Icelandic crime novel on my Kobo. The story itself was fast paced and intriguing about a man who is arrested for sexual misconduct at the school he teaches at. The book explores how this affects him, and his wife and daughter. I found the character development of the female characters great throughout the book. To avoid spoilers I cannot get into how I feel about the ending, but the ending is why I gave it a 3. The ending was not interesting and I felt it was a let down. Did you read it? What did you think of the ending?

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

#karllikes rating 2

Blah. In all honesty, I did not want to continue reading this book. There was a lot of hype over this book as it followed the success of Paula Hawkins’ Girl on a Train (which I thoroughly enjoyed-*the book-not the movie). The book follows the story of an area known to be attributed to suicide, and the witch-hunt. The book is told from several characters point of view a chapter at a time, which I do not like. I literally mean several characters, not just two, so I found it impossible to get a repertoire with any of the characters. I felt it was slow because of all the different characters and how their stories revealed how they were all connected. In the end, the discovery of some of the events concerning the water were somewhat interesting. Again, because of all the characters, the ending took forever to be told from each persons view. The witch-hunt element is thrown around in this novel, which I felt confused the story, and could of been a story on its own. Not my favourite obviously, I am interested how this will be received by the general public.

The Legacy: Children’s House Book 1 by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

#karllikes rating 4

Hooray for Icelandic crime! This book was a little graphic in some parts, but it had all the elements of a crime story that I love. My favourite part of these books is how the opening of the book hooks me and leaves me staying up late at night or stealing all the time I can to get in another chapter. I was very happy to realize nothing horrific happens to children in this book. The book follows a little girl who witnesses her mothers murderer and the police who are on the case of solving the strange string of murders. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Like a Queen by Constance Hall

#karllikes rating 4

Yes Queen! The only way this book could have better is if I had read it while I was pregnant or in those very early days of new motherhood. I love people who are real, and Constance Hall is nothing but real. This book does contain abnormal amounts of crude language, poor grammar and overuse of spaces and exclamation marks, but it works! This books demonstrates so much of what is needed in today’s world, compassion. This book opened my eyes to tendencies in my life and gave me the tools to do something about it. As a new mother I am struggling with my new label, struggling with the idea of the super mom, struggling with eating and exercising properly, struggling with guilt, this book reminded me I am not alone, and in fact that I am a Queen. This book was worth the order from Australia (ps. our dollar and the AUS dollar are almost on par-actually making it easier than ordering from the USA).

The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

#karllikes rating 3

The cover of this book made me want to read it (talk about judging a book by its cover). I first saw this book at a bookstore when it was first released in March, the cover made me jot it down on my to read list. This book is a quick read, I read it throughout a single day. This book is the author’s take on a real life story of Christopher Knight, who lived alone for 27 years in the woods of Maine. Part of me has always dreamed about living in a secluded cabin in the woods, so if I disappear thats a hint of where to start. This book was good, but not amazing. I enjoyed how Finkel told the story of how Christopher Knight was able to live alone for 27 years, and how his life changed when he was arrested for burglary. I was left with a heavy sad feeling for this man who will never be able to do what made him content for so long. In a way I sort of wanted this to be a fiction story where the main character, the hermit, was able to return to his hermit lifestyle and be left in peace. There is no happily ever after for Christopher Knight, and that left me feeling a little blue.

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping it Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by Danielle LaPorte

I listened to half of this book on a free audiobook which came with the book’s purchase and read the other half when my book copy arrived in the mail. This book is white gold! White Hot Truth is authentic, powerful, funny and relatable. This book made me take a good hard look at how much of what I feel I am always looking for is BAM already right there inside of me. Please do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book. Mine is highlighted and tagged, I suspect yours will be as well.

#karllikes rating 5



Karllikes Littles Book Feature

May 2017 Some Bugs

Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi and illustrations by Brendan Wenzel

It comes as no surprise to those who know me that I like insects. To my dismay my son has been very yes and no about liking insects. I absolutely love Some Bugs, it is an adorable book with the cutest illustrations of bugs that you will ever see. The book features very little text, but provides a general idea of what bugs do. My favourite part of the book is how is turns around at the end to encourage littles to get outside and find some bugs in their backyard. Literally insects are one of the most numerous and adaptive members of the animal kingdom and can be found everywhere. The last page also provides a species reference to all the characters in the book which is a cute touch. What can you find in your outside (or inside) space?

Most if not all of these titles are available at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Membership is FREE! Wood Buffalo Regional Library has an amazing selection of books, magazines, audiobooks, children titles, and even comics. With your WBRL membership you also received a free subscription to Hoopla.

We have an amazing local comic shop Nerdvana, if they do not have what you are looking for, they will special order it for you 🙂

#karllikes book rating is done on a 1-5 scale. The scale ranges from 1-I personally did not enjoy the book and see absolutely no chance of recommending it or re-reading it-to 5-I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book and see every chance of recommending it or re-reading the book.


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