My experience with The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman has been a long time coming, since it’s been on and off my to-read list for quite some time. However, I spotted a copy at a used book sale I volunteered for, so I bought it and immediately decided to read it. So what’s it about?
Well, it’s set in the 1920s in Australia, and builds upon the life of Tom, a former soldier and now lighthouse keeper, and his wife. After some heartbreaking experiences, the two of them find a boat washed up on the shore of Janus Rock, where Tom maintains the lighthouse, and the boat contains a dead man and a crying infant. Tom’s wife wants to keep the baby, but he thinks they need to report everything. Eventually, his wife wins the argument. But what makes some happy, devastates others.
For many years I would tell people the 1966 film How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Boris Karloff was my favourite Christmas movie. I watch it every year, multiple times each year, without fail. This is all true, however, a couple of years ago I realized something. How The Grinch Stole Christmas isn’t just my favourite Christmas movie. It is my favourite movie. After all, it is the only one I have not gotten sick of and I have lost count of the number of times I have seen it. I mean, I’m twenty-five years old now, and I likely started watching this as early as one year old…and in recent years, I think I’ve seen the movie as many as twenty times in the month of December. Okay, that number might not be exact, but my point is I watch this movie quite a lot.
Once again, I find myself reading a book because I kept seeing it on my social media feeds and other online locales. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan is a familiar, yet new read about Ella Duran, a young woman who has big dreams. She has recently received the Rhodes scholarship and is set to study literature at Oxford for one year, only things don’t go the way she plans. As soon as she sets foot there, she gets her dream job and negotiates to work remotely for a year. But then later she meets an irritating man who later turns out to play a much larger role in her life than anyone would think based on that first meeting. Eventually she faces tough choices and finds inspiration to do what she loves.
Somehow I knew before going in to watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald I would need more than one post to discuss my feelings about it. Chances are I will have more to say as the weeks progress, and especially more to say once the DVD is released and I can watch it over and over again. In any case, here’s the second post! Before you keep reading, however, I do need to mention there will be many spoilers as I am talking about not only my feelings about certain parts of the movie, but also some theories of what might be coming for some characters. I just want to make sure you know this in the event you have not seen The Crimes Of Grindelwald yet. I have to protect the secrets as much as possible, right?
I heard about Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis because of social media. It was, from what I gathered, an inspirational self-help book and was supposed to be quite good. So, of course, I decided I needed to read it. With the praise I heard about this book, and the long waitlist I was on at the library, my expectations were high. So, what is the verdict?