Bookshelf of November

Drinking hot tea, cuddling underneath the quilt, with computer on my knees (it is truly great heat provider, when it’s working too hard), that’s how my start of »happy December« looks like. Since I know there will be so many activities and festivities this month, I will make sure that I take advantage of every spare moment for taking a rest. It is also a month of big spending, so be smart about it and go for the things that count the most- closeness and kindness, take a deep breath before yelling about sink full of dishes and instead of rushing in and out of the house to go on that coffee or this mall spree, take time to sit down and talk to your family. Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t say no to some gifts, maybe just a small one..

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1. Karen Thompson Walker, »The Age of Miracles«: The book reads like elegy to Earth planet, which is sad and tragic, but at the same time it is suprisingly beautiful- to notice all those things that make our natural environment special and appreciated, normally those are the things we take for granted. It is a bit science fiction, but in the good way (bad way is like Star Wars for me…sorry all the loyal fans of Luke Skywalker), because it is wrapped into a touching story, told by 12-year old Julia, who wakes up one day in California suburb to discover that the roation of the Earth is slowing down. This unexplained act has catastrophic consequences on all living creatures, including our species of course. How difficult is to be exposed by the burning sun for two whole weeks and then to be swallowed by the complete darkness? This mystery remains, but life and people living it are marked for eternity (what is left of it).

2. M. L. Stedman, »Light Between Oceans«: Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel live a remote life on a small island, far from continental Australia, because Tom has a duty as a lighthouse keeper there. Through the years their great happiness is slowly eaten away by the wife’s disability of bearing children. While Isabel is drowning in depression and suppressing her maternal genes, the so called miracle happens. A small boat is is thrown on their shore, carrying a dead man and alive newborn. Isabel immediately treats little girl as her own daughter and convinces Tom to keep her. Except Tom’s conscience everything seems to be fine, until their first visit to the continent as a family. Overall the characters were beautifully drawn, but there was too much of action than description of their feelings and thoughts, which makes the book less sensual despite the emotinal drama.

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3. Julianna Baggott, »Fuse«: Second book of trilogy Pure (I’ve recently read first book, you can find review HERE) continues the excellent and attention-demanding story, lead by Pressia and her newly discovered half-brother Partridge, more and more important are also roles of Bradwell, Lyda and El Capitan. To refresh your memory…In the first book they discovered the secret society, part of which is also the leader of the Pure ones, whose goal is to find the cure for the degeneration of human cells. The cure is in the development, but there is formula missing for it- the mission, which leads Pressia and companions to Ireland. Other half of the team, Partridge, is returning back to the Dome in order to take down his father, whose scams and dictatorship is crumbling to pieces.

4. Jane Costello, »The Wish List«: There must be at least one »light« book per month, so this is it. For those who don’t know, Costello is the master of lightness, humour and non-meaningful books, which makes you laugh out loud. I strongly recommend it for relaxing before sleep or when you have a hard day before you. Anyway, this book is about nearly-thirty-year-old Emma, who finds an old bucket list, she wrote when she was a child. On that piece of paper there are listed things, that older Emma should accomplish by the time she turns thirty…which is happening like now, any minute! After small panic attack, Emma decides to complete the list and throws herself into adventure, on which she discovers a lot about herself and even more about where her life is headed. Reading this book made me laugh, but also made me think about my life and my bucket list (yes, I have one, which I’m trying to fulfill- like »learn how to sew« or »to hold hands when you’re old«- we shall see about that one!).

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1. Karen Thompson Walker, »Čas čudežev«: Žalostinka o koncu sveta, do katerega ne pride med samo knjigo, a se bližajoč konec našega planeta nezmotljivo sluti. Še nikoli slišana zgodba, ki me je prav zaradi te izvirnosti pritegnila. Julia se v kalifornijskem predmestju prebudi v svet, ki se počasi, a vztrajno spreminja, saj se Zemlja iz neznanega razloga začne počasneje vrteti. To ima katastrofalne posledice na obnašanje ljudi, na kvaliteto življenja in odloča o preživetju vseh vrst. Mogoče je to le znanstvena fantastika ali pa, meni ljubša razlaga, opomnik na naše ravnanje z okoljem in opozarjanje na njegovo lepoto.

2. M. L. Stedman, »Luč sredi morja«: Zgodovinski roman, ki govori o življenju zakoncev na majhnem otoku blizu celinske Avstralije, kjer je Tom oskrbnik svetilnika. Veliko gorja in nesreče, predvsem zaradi Isabeline neplodnosti, v njunem življenju razsvetli brodolom čolniča z mrtvim moškim, a živim dojenčkom, ki ga po Isabelinem prigovarjanju vzameta za svojega. Mala Lucy jima prinese ogromno radosti, a Toma še vedno razjeda dvom, kar nazadnje pripelje do usodnih posledic.

3. Julianna Baggott, »Zliti«: (recenzija prve knjige TUKAJ) Drugi del vedno bolj popularne trilogije nadaljuje, kjer se je prva knjiga zaključila in sicer z odkritjem skrivne skupine, ki si prizadeva za odkritje zdravila proti hitremu razkrajanju človeških celic, do katere je prišlo zaradi »izboljšav«. Del te skupine sta tudi starša glavnih likov, Pressie in Jereba, a imata nasprotne cilje. Pressia se v iskanju formule za zdravilo odpravi na Irsko, Jereb pa odpravi nazaj v Kupolo, da bi prekinil očetovo diktaturo. Odlično zastavljena zgodba, ki poleg veliko znanstvenega govoričenja in akcije, vsebuje tudi dobro mero ljubezni in človeških odnosov.

4. Jane Costello, »Seznam želja«: Costellova je mojstrica lahkotnega branja (vsaj enkrat na mesec dajte na seznam sproščujočo knjigo, ki ne bo povzročala gube med obrvmi, ampak vas bo iz srca nasmejala), zato močno priporočam njene knjige, sploh če imate za sabo naporen dan. Emma ob bližajočem se tridesetem rojstnemu dnevu najde seznam, ki je napisala v otroštvu, na katerem se znajdejo reči, ki jih mora izpolniti do tridesetega leta. Po paničnem napadu, ker lahko s seznama doslej črta le eno reč, se odloči podati v avanturo in izpolniti vse točke na seznamu. Med branjem in smejanjem na glas sem se pa vseeno zamislila tudi na svojim »bucket listom« (ja, obstaja!), ki bi ga vsakdo moral imeti že zaradi osebne rasti.

 

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