2016 bookshelf update: november

Raise your hand if you can’t seem to complete a blog post on time. *raises hand*

Raise your hand again if your 2016 reading goal is suuuuuppppeeeerrrrr off-track. *raises hand again*

Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch



I won’t be able to summarize this one myself, so here’s the Goodreads blurb:

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This is honestly one of the best books I’ve read this year. It constantly kept me guessing, gasping, and sending frantic text messages to my roommate (who read it before me) that consistently only of WHATTTTTTTTTTT.

[5/5 stars]

Jonah: A Tale of Mercy, by Jimmy A. Long


Yep, you read that right, folks. My dad wrote a book!

Jonah is a work of speculative fiction, taking the relatively scant biblical account of Jonah the prophet and weaves among it a more detailed narrative. While the author has a propensity toward excessive hyphen usage (😉 ), it’s a pretty nifty read.

And since I’m not content with just giving Dad some free publicity, I will also direct you to where you can purchase your own copy: Barnes & Noble | Amazon. They make great Christmas gifts, wink wink.

Favorite book this month: Dark Matter

Most likely to re-read: Jonah: A Tale of Mercy

Most likely to recommend: Dark Matter and Jonah: A Tale of Mercy

So it’s not looking like I’ll meet even my lowered reading goal for the year, but whatever. I’ll get over it (I think).

Keep reading, and support your local libraries, y’all.


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