A quickly put together review of The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm.
I am a proper, total, absolute scaredy cat. And that’s the gist of this blog post.
2020 has been a shite year so far and the coming of October means we are one month closer to the end of the year. This little fact makes so abundantly happy that I just want to sit back and watch it go by while chanting, “Go, 2020, go!” But that’s not to be because I’m not someone who can do that. I NEED to be reading, working, filming, editing, uploading, engaging, sharing, and everything under the sun that I can actually do instead of being a lazy slob.
You know what the problem is? That people don’t think twice before spitting in places that they don’t inhabit. And this has increased so much over the past few years that it’s becoming unbearable. This is gross, but fountains of spit, of gutkha, of phlegm make their way to the tar on the main roads and it’s grinding my gears like none other! For God’s sake, just control yourselves!
October is the time of year when the world goes into Halloween mode and I go into a state of complete panic because I haven’t read the books that I planned to read across the year. And this year, 2020, is no different, even though 2020 has been such a huge dumpster fire of a year that I can’t even begin to explain why I hate this year so much! But books are evergreen and at least reading-wise, a lot of good has happened, so let’s focus on that and make plans accordingly.
I want to write an excerpt for this story but I'd probably spoil the fun if I did. It's a short one, so please do read it? 😀
This is by far the strangest book I’ve ever read! I can’t even count the number of times in here that I cringed at the weirdness and went “Ewww!” but I also can’t count the number of times when I was so angry that it made my blood boil. This strange book is a mish-mash of things society doesn’t want to acknowledge and some that are so out of the world and bizarre that it makes you ask, out loud, “What the hell is going on?!”
I usually start off my reviews with a little bit of an introduction as to how I came across an author or how much I love their writing or some little anecdote about something related to the book and/or author. But today, I have been rendered speechless, because as much as I want to shout about how much I have loved Matt Haig’s writing and about how much I feel justified today, it just wouldn’t be enough.
In a world that is going through so much at a time - let's all agree that 2020 is one big dumpster fire - we all need love, friendship, and compassion. I don't even want to talk about the callousness that is rampant in the world today. But I do want to talk about this new novel that's scheduled for release on September 21, that looks and sounds so beautiful and talks about love and friendship in a world divided.
I read Swimming in the Dark in June and it’s taken me a long, long time to write this review, because every time I think of this book, my heart breaks and my eyes fill up. That’s not to say that this is a sad book. It’s a very matter-of-fact narration and that is exactly what will reach inside you and shake your very core.