Well just like that summer is turning into fall. Fall is my favourite time of the year. The cooler mornings and evenings, the beautiful foliage, ripe berries and fruits, and of course pumpkins! We are looking forward to enjoying every moment of this season before the unmentionable arrives. I officially joined Goodreads and if you are on there as well friend me: Amanda Horning.
Next month I am going to be focusing on comic books since I have a nice stack that needs to be read.
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
#karllikes rating 3.5
I cannot recall where I heard about The Bean Trees, but I am happy it made it on my list. This book is about a Kentucky girl who tries to escape her roots for something better. She ends up finding a little girl on the road who teaches her about friendship, motherhood and love. I enjoyed the character development in this book especially of Taylor Green. The ending could have been a little stronger, but in the end I felt the themes throughout and I would love to see these characters in a series.
The Glass Castle – A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
#karllikes rating 4
I am one of those people who prefer to read the books before watching movies because nine times out of ten they are much better and it provides more detail. This book is the real life memoir of Jeannette Walls, and my goodness it is a miracle she is alive to write it. I found this book hard to put down because it was simply hard to believe that was someones life. My heart extends to her and her family and I found it inspiring that Jeannette Walls and her siblings made the best of this situation. I am looking forward to this film.
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
#karllikes rating 3
This book is a dual story between a neanderthal woman and a anthropologist woman who is upon a revolutionary discovery. I enjoyed this book until about half way and then I found the parallels a little too tough to swallow. I wont spoil some of the plot line but I just found some of the writing about babies not to my taste. In the end I was happy this book was over.
Torch by Cheryl Strayed
#karllikes rating 4.5
At first I was disappointed in this book because deep down I really wanted another Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This book was a fiction and turns out I absolutely loved it. In Torch a family is devastated with an unexpected loss. The novel follows how the characters and how they deal with the major change in their lives. Strayed captures such incredible humanity in the characters. The last line of this book was my favourite. “Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!”
Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson
#karllikes rating 4
This little pdf which can be easily located on the web was a required reading for a staff meeting. This is a quick 45-1hr read which is very relevant to work life but also to life in general. Dr Spencer Johnson effectively uses a simple story to illustrate where we are on the adaptability to change spectrum and how that can effect our lives in various ways. I enjoyed this read and think its an excellent choice to be distributed and discussed between managers and employees.
Descender by Jeff Lemire
#karllikes rating 4
This comic surrounds TIM-21 and a war between the biologically living and the robotic. TIM-21 is wanted by different groups as he seems to hold some sort of valuable information. Descender is heartfelt and gives a new spin on the future space world. I am excited to pick up volume two of this series.
Karllikes Littles Book Feature
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood is our feature for this month. I will admit I like this book more that Conway does. This book uses cute woodland animal (my favourite) illustrations to demonstrate different ways of being quiet. I love all the ways the descriptions of being quiet really gives you the sense of how the quiet feels. Shhhhhhh.
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.
All photos used are taken by yours truly Amanda Horning.