So updates first- though the updates really aren't updates as much as they are pictures I took of bookish things (all are posted on my Instagram: @bibliosoph_bibliophile) :)
The first is a photo of my adorable pup, Emma, trying to get my attention while I'm reading. She is not a fan of anything that takes my attention away from her- especially reading since the book covers my face.
The second is of my ever-expanding Harry Potter collection for #FavoriteBookFriday (though I missed my second Friday posting because of that annoying hospital stay). I have three complete collections of the Harry Potter Series: 1st edition hardback, paperback, and the special edition paperback and I plan on adding the fully illustrated editions when they come out!
The third is what I am Currently Reading! I got home from the hospital and finally felt well enough to read again- its a miracle what anti-nausea meds can do! I've been looking forward to reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler since it came out. I'm especially intrigued since the main character is a fellow librarian- I'm about 200 pages in and loving it so far!
It took me awhile to finish this book - not because it wasn't good - but because I was ill and all I had energy to do was sleep.
I really liked this book- it wasn't what I was expecting at all- I thought it would be a love affair/secret family type secret but it wasn't! I loved how the different characters were interwoven - at first you had no idea how they were connected but as the story went on, each became an integral part of each others stories. The story is told through multiple characters points-of-view, and while all are living the same week no one really knows what the others are going through (affairs, depression, life-altering confessions, etc.) It just shows you how you think you know your neighbors or friends but do you really? I don't want to give away any spoilers (and its hard to do with a story as intricately woven as this one) but my favorite aspect(s) of this novel (there are two- off the top of my head) are:
1. The butterfly effect - you never know how such a small detail can snowball into something bigger than you ever imagined. This novel does a great job of showing the reader how little decisions can turn into huge, disastrous or wonderful, things in the future
2. The glimpses into alternate paths for the characters - how if they had made a different choice, things could've been better or worse.
The theme of the novel seems to be focused on the decisions you make and how they affect your path in life - its a novel of the "What if" game we all play: What if I had taken that job out of town? What if I hadn't broken up with my high school sweetheart? What if I had gone out with my friends that night? What if I had gone on that date? What if I hadn't chosen this line of work? What if...
SRP Goal: 13/20 (I don't think I'll make my goal but I did have some unexpected delays and illnesses)