Language warning, for those who are sensitive to f-bombs. There’s quite a few.
Crossing to Safety
This much-beloved novel by Wallace Stegner is the opposite of Dark Matter. Slow and quiet, but in a good way. It’s about marriage and family, money and ambition. The book follows two young couples as they make their way through life and face challenges. While I would describe it as a slow novel, I still found myself completely engrossed. The characters are so real, their lives so normal that it was like reading about people I know.
I actually finished this a few months ago but forgot to include it in a previous post. The details are a little fuzzy now, but I do know that I loved this novel. It was chilling to experience the confusion of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient through her own eyes. As you read, you figure out the mysteries one step ahead of the narrator, but it’s so interesting to watch as the truth finally comes to her. I’m trying not to give away too much, and it’s hard to know what to say. This was an excellent book and kept me up turning pages way past my bedtime.
I received a copy of this book to review. I handed it off to my 12 year old daughter to see what she thought of it. She said, “The instructions are very clear and it’s fun and easy and the patterns turn out really great!” Bible Origami would be a fun way to keep older kids entertained in the car, at restaurants or on a long rainy afternoon. If you teach Sunday School, you could also use this book to go along with the lessons you’re teaching. Such a fun, hands-on way to incorporate bible stories into everyday life! This is definitely going to live in my Sunday bag, so I can pull it out when my older kids need a little project.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrill
I began reading this book because I heard someone refer to it as “Harry Potter for Grown-ups”. I got halfway through (which is no small feat, the book is about 1100 pages long) and realized that I just did not care to finish. I was not invested at all in the story and had no desire to contine reading for 500 more pages. I really really wanted to love it, but it was not in any way on the same level as Harry Potter, for me.
I never know whether I should include books I decided not to finish in my review posts, but I feel like I read enough of this one to count it. 🙂
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