Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Age of Miracles’.

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I hadn’t finished the book just yet! The four-day week definitely got away from me, and Thursday came without having even started it yet. Whoops!

But, this morning I finished reading this week’s pick from Blanche’s Book Club: “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thomson Walker. Here is the book’s description from Karen Thompson’s website:

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray.

Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

I came across this book randomly as I was wandering the library stacks last weekend. I actually have a different book from Walker on reserve right now, “The Dreamers”, so I saw this and thought it sounded interesting.

It definitely wasn’t the most uplifting of books — there were definitely some sad parts. But, it has an interesting concept, and more and more I find myself enjoying these books that dip into a totally different world.

In this case however, I kind of wondered if this ever could happen? Am I nuts? In the book they attributed environmental causes… well, seems sort of timely. Maybe the days wouldn’t change, but do we really know what will happen to the earth in 20, 40, 100 years of this kind of living?

And I’m not trying to go on a Green Peace, recycling tangent, but you know what I mean. It’s worth thinking about.

If you’re into this kind of discovery/environmental scenario, I’d definitely check this book out. It was an easy read, so it’s not full of tough language, plus there’s some additional plot lines that cover more relatable topics.

The next book Blanche’s Book Club is Reading is “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler.

I’m actually heading to the library later today — I have several errands to run — but the library is kicking off their summer reading program! I am entirely sure what it entails, but I know part of it involves giant jugs in the lobby full of colored Pom-poms to equate the number of books each team has read.

Every summer, I see the jugs and think, okay how do I sign up to do this? Finally, I asked, and today is the sign up day!

I’m also heading to the UT campus tonight to see “Hamilton”! I have been looking forward to this for seven whole weeks — when I bought my ticket! I am ready to see what all the fuss has been about, and am hoping to walk out of the theatre inspired.

I hope you all have a great weekend; I’ll certainly be reporting back on “Hamilton” right here on the blog next week, and I’ve also got a really fun post planned for fans of MTV’s “The Hills”! Cheers!

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