And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Man, Fredrik Backman truly knows how to get your emotions all jumbled. I was a huge fan of A Man Called Ove, so I’ve been eager to read anything and everything else by Backman. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is just as enchanting.

As someone who has had not one, but two grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, this story really meant a lot to me. It tells the heart-wrenching (yet uplifting) story of a man who is slowly losing his memory, and how he is learning to say goodbye to those in his life. It’s an interesting portrayal of a man fighting for his brain, and is remarkable at portraying what it’s like to lose what you’ve known your whole life. Not only do you get the inner-workings of Grandpa’s brain, but you also get to see the sweet relationship that he has with his Noahnoah (he calls him that because he likes him twice as much as everyone else). It truly explains the special relationship that many have with their grandparents – a relationship that the grandparents may never have had with their own children -their second chance.

“That’s why we get the chance to spoil our grandchildren, because by doing that we’re apologizing to our children.”

I never got to really have the discussions with my grandparents that Noah and his grandfather have – I was very close to them, but we never really discussed what it was going to be like when they weren’t “there” anymore or what was really happening. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard the disease described as losing your way home, but the title really truly makes sense. Reading this, I really wish that I had been able to experience the loss like Noah. I know that I had a great experience with my grandparents as they were losing themselves, but I wish that I could have known what was going on in their minds as they lost everything they knew. I am glad that, unlike many in my family, I was able to walk down the road with them as they faded.

“What can we do to help Grandpa?”
The dad’s tears dry on the boy’s sweatshirt.
“We can walk down the road with him. We can keep him company.”

If you’re experiencing or have already experienced the loss of someone who has “left before they even die” – read this. Though we may never know what is going on in the minds of those who lose their memories, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer helps us understand just a little of what goes on and what those around are feeling as well.

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Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t even know where to start with this book.

Sarah J. Maas, you hurt my heart. Why, oh why are you such a good writer? I haven’t felt this way about a series… or a singular book… in years. You make me fall in love with each in every character. Honestly, I feel as anxious to read what happens after this as I did reading the Harry Potter books – so that’s REALLY saying something.

Assassins, Fae, Magic, Witches, Shape-Shifters. All of this and more is what you will get when you read the Throne of Glass series. But in the fifth installment you will be ripped out of your seat with excitement as the group of heroes finally meets up with each other to help rid the world of Erawan. You’ll get so many ships that it’s not even funny. You’ll be hit with one surprise after another, and then you’ll want to hit something when it ends because the last 100 pages will literally have you on the edge of your seat with the screen essentially going black.

I love Aelin and Rowan – there’s definitely more mature content in this book, which was super surprising considering that it’s a YA book, but I for one was totally for it. You get a lot of other couple pairings in this book, some of which are unexpected, but still drool-worthy. Maas writes romance parts in such a way that honestly, I don’t care who gets together — she just makes it right.

Elide comes out of this book with “BOSS” written on her forehead, because oh my goodness she develops some balls. Manon is just probably one of my favorite characters. She goes around not giving a shit, even when she gives sooo many shits. (Ha). You kinda fall for Lorcan… just a bit. And don’t get me started on Dorian. I love him. He’s just… he’s so much more interesting than Chaol ever was. And there’s just not enough of him in this series.

When I finished this earlier today, I was pretty much just reeling – in disbelief that the book was over after ONLY 700 pages – 700 quick pages. I really wish that I had read The Assassin’s Blade before this, because there are definitely characters thrown in. So now I will have to go back and read that, and then immerse myself into Tower of Dawn until more Aelin, Rowan & crew return to my life. This stupid amazing book may force me into fanfiction land again.

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