What I’m Digging – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What I’m Digging – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What I’m Digging is a feature in which I share things I’m loving with you. This can range from jewelry to clothes to home decorations. Anything goes! Oh and there is always a book featured that I enjoyed!

What I'm Digging - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Sorry guys, it’s been since April since I did one of these. Good lord, where has this year gone? I feel like it’s flying by!

1.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

On this “What I’m Digging” I wanted to feature one of my favorite young adult contemporary tear jerkers! I read BEFORE I FALL late in the game after I had read her Delirium trilogy. It features a popular girl who dies, only to wake up and relive her last day over and over, each day is a little different. She keeps trying to rewrite her own history in hopes of changing her fate. She comes to realize that she and her friends aren’t very nice people and starts to change herself. This one will definitely make an emotional impact.

Oh and did you know it’s been made into a movie? I am SO EXCITED! It’s set to release in theaters in 2017. No trailer as of yet, but you can check back here for more information. 🙂

Buy the Book on Amazon | Read My BEFORE I FALL Review

2.) Ladies of Literature Wall Calendar

I spotted this calendar in a shop in Lawrence, Kansas a few weeks ago and HAD TO HAVE IT for my office at work. Inside are these awesome hand painted portraits of twelve female authors. The background of each portrait corresponds to each of their novels and style. I freaking love it and can’t wait for 2017 to come so I can enjoy it!

Purchase: Idlewild Co. Calendar

3.) Clean Freak Soy Candle

This is yet another find during my short trip to Lawrence. This candle SMELLS AMAZING. Just light it and it will make your house smell like you cleaned but you didn’t. 😉

Purchase: Clean Freak Soy Candle

4.) This Dr. Who Quote

I bought a print of this when I was in Lawrence as well. Well not this exact one but it had this quote. It’s a quote from Dr. Who, “‘I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”

One of my goals is to actually decorate my office at work. Hence buying this and the calendar. I’ve been at my current job for almost 4 1/2 years and I’ve yet to decorate it. Whoops.

My job can be kind of depressing sometimes with the line of work that I do, so I when I found this uplifting quote I knew it was perfect for me and for my clients. 🙂

Purchase: Dr. Who Wall Art (Etsy, Seller: PrintsWithStyle)

5.)  Leuchtturm 1917 Journal

I’m going to start keeping a bullet journal. I’ve tried journaling in the past and quite frankly I’ve sucked. #KeepingItReal. One of my favorite bloggers, Modern Mrs. Darcy started bullet journaling earlier this year and she has a lot of tips. Click here to read her post.

Purchase: Leuchtturm 1917 (color: Berry), Amazon

6.) Sarah & Sebastian “Drop Ring”

I was perusing around in Instagram the other day and saw one of my favorite singers (Brooke Fraser) posted a picture of a beautiful and simple ring. It was a Sarah & Sebastian ring. I immediately went on their site and fell in love with their jewelry. It’s all very simple and understated but very pretty!

Purchase: Drop Ring, Sarah & Sebastian

What are you digging right now?

 

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Book Review – My Last Continent by Midge Raymond

Book Review – My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
Book Review – My Last Continent by Midge RaymondMy Last Continent by Midge Raymond
Published by Scribner
Publication date: June 21, 2016
Genres: Literary Fiction, Romance
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
3 Stars

An unforgettable debut with an irresistible love story, My Last Continent is a big-hearted, propulsive novel set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape—“original and entirely authentic love story” (Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project).

It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of emperor and Adélie penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations and sorrows of their separate lives and find solace in their work and in each other. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is tenuous, imperiled by the world to the north.

A new travel and research season has just begun, and Deb and Keller are ready to play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research destination. But this year, Keller fails to appear on board. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from the Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

As Deb and Keller’s troubled histories collide with this catastrophic present, Midge Raymond’s phenomenal novel takes us on a voyage deep into the wonders of the Antarctic and the mysteries of the human heart. My Last Continent is packed with emotional intelligence and high stakes—a harrowing, searching novel of love and loss in one of the most remote places on earth, a land of harsh beauty where even the smallest missteps have tragic consequences—“Half adventure, half elegy, and wholly recommended” (Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves).


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Midge Raymond’s debut, My Last Continent, is an ode to Antarctica with a unique and emotional love story. Raymond’s rich and descriptive narrative, while at times overly used, takes readers on a harrowing journey to a land rarely traveled.

Deb has dedicated her life to research and studying the colonies of penguins in Antarctica. For the last several years, she has spent part of her year working for the Antarctic Penguin Project. While in the Southern Hemisphere, she splits her time between researching on neighboring islands and working as a naturalist crew member on the small cruise ship that provides the transportation for the Project. One year she meets Keller, a divorcee former lawyer turned dishwasher, looking to turn over a new leaf after his life took an unexpected turn. The two form a quick bond when he starts helping her with her research. But their romance is fleeting, encumbered by Keller’s newfound love for the continent and Deb’s work at home in Eugene. Just when they figure things out, Keller doesn’t show up on the ship. Deb learns that he is on a neighboring cruise ship that’s taking on water fast.

The romance in this story takes a backseat to the picturesque and incredible third character in this novel: Antarctica. The amount of research that Raymond had to do to so vividly describe not only the scientific intricacies, but also all of the nautical references had to have been astounding. All of her hard work makes it easy for the reader to feel like they are right there with Deb, Keller, and the rest of the crew. It’s abundantly clear that conservation and global warming are two things that are near and dear to the author’s heart. These messages are woven throughout the novel, though a little heavy handed.

The writing style of this book was very heavy on long, narrative passages, with little dialogue. Much of the narrative is devoted to descriptions of the continent and the various kinds of penguin colonies. There were also some chapters of backstory that didn’t feel entirely necessary.

While I really enjoyed the educational aspect of the book, the novel felt slow and needed more plot to help with the pacing. Further, the metaphors and comparisons made about how Deb identified with the penguins and how she felt connected to the continent were repeatedly mentioned. An active reader can pick up on those things without them needing to be brought up over and over again.

Despite issues with the writing style, My Last Continent is certainly unique in its setting and storyline. I felt like I was reading a more modernized version of the movie Titanic once I got to the shipwreck. I was absolutely glued to the pages when Deb learns of . The search and rescue was riveting and completely terrifying.

Audiobook Comments:

I listened to this book after I read it initially because sometimes I like to reread through audiobooks without the concern of zoning out while I’m driving. I really liked Cassandra Campbell‘s narration. Her voice adds an almost romantic quality to the book’s beautiful ambiance. Highly recommended audiobook!

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* I received an advance eCopy and the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3 Stars
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