Book Review: The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

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The End of the Ocean: A Novel by Maja Lunde

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The End of the Ocean tells the story of the impact of climate change through the perspective of two narrators, Signe in 2017 & David & his daughter, Lou, in 2041. Signe grows up in a lovely glacial village in Norway, where she learns environmental activism from her father, putting her at odds with her mother & several others in her village. Signe has spent her entire life protesting environmental causes & returns to her home village in 2017, when she learns that the glaciers are being harvested for “glacier ice cubes” sold to the rich elite around the world. Furious that someone from her own village would destroy the glacier, Signe creates a plan of protest that takes her to France in her sailboat.

The second storyline follows David & Lou in 2041 in France. Climate change has caused widespread droughts & famine all over the world. By this time, it has 5 years since the last rainfall & wildfires are breaking out causing David, his wife Anna, & their 2 children, Lou & August to flee their home. Amid the chaos fleeing the ravaging fires, David & Lou become separated from Anna & August. However, they have a plan to meet at a refugee camp. David & Lou arrive at an overcrowded camp that lacks fundamental resources. While waiting for Anna & August to arrive, David & Lou fill their days with searching the neighboring houses to relieve the boredom of the camp life. It is during these daily searches that they come upon a sailboat, tying the two stories together. While Signe was on a mission to save the planet, David & Lou are trying to survive it. Signe thinks she fails in her mission, but her actions have a huge impact on David & Lou’s fight for survival.

What I Loved: Excellent writing & the alternating story lines keep the story well-paced. Both the characters, Signe & David, are each flawed in their own ways & are relatable.

What I Didn’t: I didn’t want it to end. I desperately want to know what happens next.

Climate change is an important issue our society is facing & this story reveals the devastating impact that is our near future. The End of the Ocean is thought-provoking, terrifying & a must read.

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Taking on a World of Words. However, I read slow AF compared to most other book bloggers, so I probably won’t be posting weekly updates. This will be more of a monthly post or whenever I finish my current book.

The three questions to answer are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

I decided to try reading two books at a time. I figured it would be easiest with one non-fiction & one fiction. I’m not doing well with the whole 2 books at once. I’ve realized I’m a book monogamist (or monobiblist, a word Evil Husband just made up.)

My fiction read is Insomnia by Stephen King. I have been working through King’s bibliography in order from his first book, Carrie & rotating about 4-5 books in between. Some are rereads a few times over, which is awesome because I find new things that I never realized connected when I first read. I had considered reading the Dark Tower books in the chronological order of release, but have decided to save them until I am caught up. I am really enjoying Insomnia so far.

Helter Skelter has been on my TBR literally forever. I’m a true crime junkie & Helter Skelter is a must read. Sad to say though, it has been put on the back burner over the past few months. But not because it isn’t fascinating or interesting… it’s all me. I would have finished it months ago if it were the only book I was reading. The great part about picking up a non-fiction book after a while is there isn’t a crazy plot you have to recall or characters or their motivations. It’s mostly facts, so it’s east to pick up right where you left off.

What did you recently finish reading?

I have yet to write a review on this book. So, I will not say much about it for now other than I highly recommend it & was a 4/5 star rating for me. Stay tuned for a full review!

What do you think you’ll read next?

As I have a designated “to read next” shelf on Goodreads, I know exactly what I’ll be reading next. I plan out my next 5 reads based on either what I own, genre, King book, Prime reading & other e-books or ARCs I have. My next book to read is Anathema, which I think I got for free through Book Bub (a great source for free & discounted e-books.)

Anathema is the first novel in the Cloud Prophet Trilogy & is about a slave girl who becomes a beacon of freedom & hope. I’ve had this book in my Kindle library for quite some time, so I’m excited to finally read it.

What are you currently reading?


Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Book Covers

Another weekly Top Ten Tuesday post courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a book cover freebie post where you pick ten book covers that you find well, whatever you want… the prettiest, weirdest, interesting ,etc. Personally, I’m just choosing some of my favorite books covers of the specific book editions I have picked up over the past few years.

If you have read any of my other posts about books and reading, you may have picked up on the fact that I may be a book hoarder. We are at spreadsheet level for keeping track & last I checked, we have over 500 books in our collection. I hit up my local libraries used book stores pretty regularly & have come across some great finds. Some of these I have not read yet, but they are among my favorite covers.

My Ten Favorite Book Covers:

  1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
  2. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
  5. S by Kōji Suzuki (Ring #5)
  6. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  7. The Regulators by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)
  8. Desperation by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)
  9. This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
  10. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

To be honest, I really like all of the book covers in the Sookie Stackhouse series, so I really picked just one. But, my all time favorite book covers are the Bachman books because they form one complete picture together.

What are your favorite book covers?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list from That Artsy Reader Girl is the Ten Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf. It took me a bit to remember everything we’ve acquired the past few shopping trips, but I’m pretty sure I got them all.

I’ve been working on collecting some of the remaining books I have been missing that are a part of a series. I use Goodreads tags for everything to sort my reading shelves & I created a library-shopping tag sorted by author to remind me of what I want to buy and what I’m missing. We also have our shared library on Google sheets to track all the books we currently own.

Recently, most of my finds have been at 2nd & Charles (used, of course), but I always do pretty well at the local library sales. I mean, you seriously can’t beat $1 hardcovers. If you are looking to find good used book sales, I highly recommend Book Sale Finder (U.S. & Canada only.) We usually hit up the libraries that are open every weekend once or twice a month, then the larger sales that are monthly or quarterly. I also recommended joining the “Friends of” for any library you plan on going to the larger sales frequently. Often they have early sales for just the friends and, trust me, some places you need to get in early. We are “Friends of” about 4 or 5 libraries that hold their sales once a month or quarterly. It is usually only about $15-20 for the entire year. Plus you’re helping out the local community library.

My Ten Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf:

  1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  2. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  3. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #3)
  4. Alice by Christina Henry (The Chronicles of Alice #1)
  5. In the Woods by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #1)
  6. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (The Book of Dust #1)
  7. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (The Passage #2)
  8. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (The Passage #3)
  9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #2)
  10. The Death Cure by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #3)

My most difficult find was Alice. This has been on my shopping list for quite a while. I’m happy to have a few more series completed too.

What have you added to your collection recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Reads of 2019

Is it too late to do a 2019 recap? I’ve been a bit behind on my 2020 blog goals due to the flu hitting me on New Years Eve…so much for the flu shot this year. Despite spending quite a bit of time sleeping, I spent a lot of time on blog research & post ideas, and I came across The Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday posts. She has a weekly schedule of top ten topics to follow along with & share on her site.

My 2019 reading goal was 40 books since I turned 40 last year. I only made it to 30, but I read some great novels along the way, and reread a few of my favorites.

Here are my top ten favorite reads for 2019:

  1. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  2. Needful Things by Stephen King
  3. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  4. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  5. Snow Flower & the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  6. Slade House by David Mitchell
  7. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  8. Colombiano by Rusty Young
  9. The German House by Annette Hess
  10. The One by John Marrs

What were your favorite reads in 2019?

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