Category Archives: Bookish Talk

Friday Finds: The Island at the End of the World

The Island at the End of the World

The Island at the End of the World by Sam Taylor

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here is the blurb from the publisher:

A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children-from the author of The Amnesiac

In a world nearly destroyed by catastrophic floods, one family has been spared. Many years ago, as the waters rose, a father and his three children took to their ark and drifted to the safety of a small island. Life there is a quiet idyll of music and farming-and young Alice, Finn, and Daisy are grateful for their salvation-until the day a stranger swims ashore. A terrifyingly plausible adventure story, The Island at the End of the World is a mesmerizing novel from an exciting new writer.

I’m not sure what to think about this one. Many have given it a so-so review yet I am intrigued. There are so many books out right now about the end of the world but for whatever reason I am so taken with them. Must be my dark side coming out again. Have you read this one? If so, what did you think of it? Is it book club worthy?

The Sunday Salon: ‘Tis the Season

Sunday Salon

I woke up this morning and stumbled to the front door to get the paper. It took all of 5 minutes for the kids to come tearing down the stairs to check out the Christmas circulars that are already appearing everywhere. I now have two wish lists in my hands. I’m not sure I’m ready for it all. This is my favorite time of the year but work furloughs have really put a stop to my spending. I’m getting a bit anxious over finances and with each addition to the wish list, my heart beats a little bit faster. It’s a tad stressful.

That said, I am just now out of the shower and trying to put my day together. Most of the morning has been spent helping with homework and tidying up. After I make myself presentable, I may just plop down and read. What to read though? I just finished Saving Sammy which I will be reviewing later this month for a book tour. I just started New Moon. I am seeing the movie Thanksgiving weekend so I’d like to get the book read before then. Then there is my book club pick for December, The Turn of the Screw. To be honest, it’s not doing it for me.  I just got The Things that Keep Us Here which looks really, really good but it doesn’t officially come out until February so I want to read/review it closer to its release date. I also have Her Fearful Symmetry which I keep forgetting about. Perhaps I will start that.

Yesterday I posted another Confessions of a Reader post in which I confess to being a cover snob. I may make these a monthly feature instead of a weekly feature. I’m still kicking it around in my head and will decide within the next day or so. Yesterday I also created a button for Moby Dick Monday where I, and a few other bloggers will be reading Moby Dick together. We are reading 4 pages a day and then posting updates each Monday. I will post a kick-off post on Monday, November 16th. If you want to join in on the fun, let me know. For those that have already decided to do it with me, I’ll send you the button within the next day or so.

Right now I have a roast in the crock-pot and I’ll serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and braised carrots.It smells really good.

This week I am looking forward to participating in the Green Books Campaign. I’ll be reviewing a cookbook and including a recipe for you to try. Should be fun!

What are you doing today?