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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
After really enjoying The Girl on the Train, I thought I’d request this one from the library, and I’m so glad I did. In true Hawkins fashion, this read becomes hard to put down once you’ve picked it up. I got absorbed in this book much more quickly than The Girl on the Train.
The book chronicles a small town that has experienced a series of drowning-related deaths over its history, as it comes to terms with two more in quick succession. This has feelings, real-world situations, and an insane plot twist that I did not see coming at the end.
The great thing about a book like this is that I’m wholly sure it’d never make a good move. I know that this sort of pleasure can come only from reading a book.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
What does it mean to live when you know you’re about to die? This is the crux of Paul’s memoir, written in the final year of his life. Unfortunately, Dr Kalanithi did not even make it to see his book published.
Paul Kalanithi is a neurosurgical fellow preparing to transition into the next phase of his medical career when he is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. His battle is a series of ups and downs, but ultimately he succumbs to the disease in 2015. Along the way, he struggles with coming to terms with mortality, preparing his wife and young child for life without him emotionally and financially, and working to understand what it is to be alive.
This was a beautifully written reminder of our mortality and the fleeting nature of this physical life.
Up next: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gardner
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Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.