Books for Breakfast #42

Book Reviews

August is quickly coming to an end and I managed to squeeze in my last book right before the month ended! Phew! That was a close one!

This time I read:

The Light Between Oceans by M. L . Stedman
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut 

I’ve wanted to read this book for a quite a while, but always put off getting it when I came across it in lieu of some other book that was at the forefront of my mind. Then, it cropped up on my mom’s book club list, so she bought it and handed it off to me so that I could read it first and tell her about it. (it’s her book club’s book for February or something like that) Man, oh man, I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. I almost shed tears at the end. ME! I almost cried! Mind you, I rarely ever cry during anything (expect maybe cat books or the final episode of Master Chef…well okay, that last one is a lie, but I almost always cry over cats) so the fact that I almost cried at this ending is monumental. I probably would have cried too, if I didn’t get distracted midway through by my boyfriend making noises over by his desk to get my attention. He stopped the crying before it started. 

Anyways. This tale is glorious, from the interesting characters, Tom especially, to the life they lead on the island, and to the drama and heartbreaking tale that is the raising of “Lucy”. I love lighthouses, so that was what made me want to read this in the first place, since I would have loved to live on a lighthouse island! That sounds like my kind of thing. I could have lived that life with Tom and Isabel. 
Reading the back of the book tells you a lot about this story, where two people find a boat washed up on shore with a dead man, and a crying baby. They decide to raise this child as their own…without really thinking of the consequences of their actions. Well, no, that’s not quite true. Tom thinks a lot about what has happened and it eats at him, as you would think it would eat at anyone. It really makes for a realistic and hard hitting (to the heart) story about family, love, and betrayal. 
Gosh, I just couldn’t put it down once I started it! I didn’t want to go to bed at night because I just wanted to finish reading it!

Vonnegut writes some great opening lines like: “A million years ago in 1986….” Yes please, I want to read this book right now. Not to mention his strange and quirky characters, this one being a man who marries old women and swindles them…he has 17 wives, and counting. The narrator being another strange character as well. Let’s just say, they are all strange characters, and they are also the fate of all human kind. Yep. Exactly. This is another great apocalypse book full of that dark humor and satire that we all love from Vonnegut!
I also loved how the book was full of scattered quotes to fit the situations and that he also did this interesting thing of putting * in front of people’s names before they were going to die. Interesting, no?   I really enjoyed this book, which I tend to do with Vonnegut, he is such a card. The whole look at the dark side of people and how, over a million years, we would evolve to be completely different creatures (according to this book) that come to resemble something else. It gives a great look at people of power, strange things evolution can do, and the overarching point of the book: What our big brains make us do. We do have pretty big brains that can end up leading us down some pretty bad paths. So, in classic Vonnegut fashion, our big brains have led us down the path of peril and landed a pack of strange people on a deserted island while the rest of the globe crumbles around them. The future of the human race rests in the hands of a lazy captain that knows nothing about ships, a widowed science teacher, a terrible swindler, six orphan girls from a cannibal tribe (so rumors state), a pregnant Japanese woman and her husband, and a blind girl with a dog. Sounds like a party right? That is exactly who you want the fate of the world to hinge upon I’m sure. Let me tell you, it’s an interesting read for sure, in the same sort of vein as Cat’s Cradle. (which was also an end of the world story, although much different in terms of world ending and survival and what have not)

Next to read is:
Pride and Prejudice & Orange is the New Black


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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Vonnegut is always fun to read! And The Light Between Oceans has been on my radar for a bit, I'll finally have to check it out!

  • Kay

    They both sound quite intriguing; added to my list!

  • Check it out!! It's such a great read!!

  • Awesome! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!!