On Our Bookshelf
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel On a snowy night, a famous actor dies the same night a terrible, highly-contagious flu begins to spread. Fifteen years later, Kristen is an actress with the Traveling Symphony, a troupe that moves between settlements to perform Shakespeare, but in one town they encounter a violent prophet.
This book is emotional and thought-provoking and eerie. It really made me think about our society and the things we all take for granted (running water, air conditioning, antibiotics). I thought about it for days afterwards. The story flips back and forth between the past and the present, giving you more insight into the characters living and dead. Despite the resolution feeling a little rushed, this story isn't about the confrontation with the prophet, but about how wonderful it is that us humans remain hopeful and resourceful. Reading Station Eleven will leave you feeling anxious about a flu pandemic, but hopeful that people can survive anything with grace.
If you like post-apocalyptic novels and literary fiction, you'll like Station Eleven.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas After Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast comes to her home seeking retribution. She must live in the faerie world full of dangerous creatures for the rest of her life or die. It turns out the beast is also a young man named Tamlin and her feelings turn from icy hostility to fiery passion. But something wicked threatens not only the Fae world, but her own.
Sarah J. Maas' writing is amazing (so much beautiful imagery!) and this story completely drew me in (it's based on Beauty and the Beast!). Feyre is a tough gal; she hunts for her family and leaves them in order to protect them and goes with Tamlin into the Fae world despite the danger. I really like Feyre and Tamlin's understated love for each other and how they make each other better. The story goes in an unexpected but fascinating direction about three-fourths of the way through that will have you turning like the pages like a mad woman because you need to know what happens next.
If you like YA fantasy, books about fairies, and romance, you'll like A Court of Thorns and Roses.
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna Elle Luna's book takes you on a personal journey to figure out what your "Shoulds" and "Musts" are in life. “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire.She wants us all to take that leap towards "Must," our true callings.
I heard Elle Luna speak while at BookCon and was instantly mesmerized. She speaks so eloquently and presented the idea of "Shoulds" and "Musts" in a raw way that makes you realize how badly you want to go after your own "Must." This book is beautiful to read due to the colorful, sketchbook-like art, it's thought-provoking, it's inspirational, and a little scary because it forces you to take a good, hard look at your life and what you need to be doing. I would recommend this book to everyone.
If you like self-help books and art, you'll like The Crossroads of Should and Must.