Goodbye February!

So February is finally behind us (and has set a record as being Windsor’s worst February EVER). And I’ve gotten through four books on my to-read list! Check out my reviews below and don’t forget that no matter how cold it is outside, a hot cup of tea or coffee and a good book will keep you warm and entertained.

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg (Funny)

I recently discovered that Hoopla gives us access not only to Movies, TV Shows and Music but also to AudioBooks. It’s through this that I read/listened to Texts from Jane Eyre (though it’s now on order as a physical book). This book was easy to listen and laugh to. A must read for anyone with interest in classic literary texts; Texts from Jane Eyre puts some of our fictional characters into a modern setting with text messaging and phone calls at their disposal. My favourites included Jane Eyre (of course), Sherlock Holmes and Scarlet O’Hara.

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston (Scary)

With the recent spreading of Ebola and the trials of vaccines, I really wanted to read up on Ebola. Preston’s The Hot Zone was the most comprehensive book I could find. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. It was a sick fascination, like not being able to look away from an accident.  Stephen King claimed that “The first chapter of The Hot Zone is one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life–and then it gets worse.” Need I say more?

Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn (Sad)

The title of this book grabbed my attention and when I saw that it was Canadian I could help but check it out. Within a few pages I was hooked. Flee, Fly, Flown follows Lillian and Audrey, two elderly ladies with Alzheimer’s, as they escape their nursing home and embark on a cross-country journey with the help of a young man. Sweet, funny and heartbreaking, Flee, Fly, Flown is a must read work of Canadian fiction.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

As far-fetched as this story was, it was surprisingly believable and engaging. Almost from the beginning I felt a strong connection for Santiago, the old fisherman, and could relate to the heartbreak and worry of Manolin, the young boy. Though it won’t take you more than a few hours, the story will keep you thinking well beyond that. It tackles big questions in a minimal way. If you haven’t yet read this classic novel, get on it!

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