Thursday, August 6, 2015

Uneasy Reads

I spent a good chunk of the early summer plowing through the first four Anne of Green Gables books. Can you believe I had never read them? I'm sure my Canadian citizenship could be taken away for this. But I jumped in, read the first, and then had to read the next three because I absolutely had to see the union of Anne and Gilbert.

Side note - if you've read Anne's House of Dreams - um, how dark did that go? I mean, there is a lot of death in there.

Anyhou, with our Maine vacation coming up in precisely 8 days, I started looking for a good book to bring with me (haha, joke's on me because there's no vacation reading with a toddler around). I downloaded All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and then I couldn't wait for vacation and started reading it. I haven't finished it yet, but, well... I'm glad I didn't choose this as my vacation read.

Let me clarify - this is a really good book. It is a page-turner, as the luddites with paper books say. But man, it is tense. There have been several times where I've had to put the book down, take a breather, and play some Candy Crush, just to center myself and reassure myself that everything is ok.

I didn't go into reading a book about occupied France in WWII expecting a happy, uplifting read. But, I didn't quite expect the heart palpitations, either.

This is the second book I've read recently that has made me so uneasy. A few months ago I read Sweetland by Michael Crummey.

I love Michael Crummey's books. Galore is suuuuch a great book. And so is Sweetland! But Sweetland  is also scary, sad, and tense - for completely different reasons than All the Light We Cannot See (ghosts!). But like All the Light We Cannot See, I had to take breaks to compose myself.

Anyway, if you're looking to be shaken to the core, I recommend both these books. But back to my Maine vacation: anyone have any recommendations for happy, fun reads? Bearing in mind that I love Canadian books & authors, but they can be hard to find down here on short notice!


  1. I just finished all the light we cannot see and I loved it. But ya, it is a pretty deep book with some very sad and real moments

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