Snap Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Title: Station Eleven

My rating: 4/5


An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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The Write Stuff: Traditional Vs. Self-Publishing

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We are kicking off the Write Stuff: Self-Publishing Tools series with content about the choice of traditional versus self-publishing. As an avid reader, I know the Big 5 publishing houses – recognize their logo, follow their social media platforms, and peruse their job postings on the regular. There is a certain reputation and sophistication with being branded under the their name or imprint. However, getting into the door or even in front of an editor’s desk is harder than it sounds. Because this series is surrounding the world of self-publishing, most of the content I am sharing will be in its favor, BUT also provide critiques and challenges.

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Countdown to Christmas!

I am as romantic as they come – Hallmark movies are my guilty pleasure, especially around Christmas time! I had seen The Nine Lives of Christmas during one of the Countdown to Christmas seasons and learned that it was actually a book too! Obviously, I went out and read it. The schedule for the 22 new Hallmark Channel Christmas movies is out and starts tonight! I’m sharing some of them that I am looking forward to watching over the next 2 months! Some of these selections are based on my favorite actors/actresses since they are frequently casted 🙂 Maybe some of them will be turned into books (or be inspired from some!) So wrap yourself up with a blanket, put on the fire, and grab some hot chocolate, it’s officially Countdown to Christmas!

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WWW Wednesday (92)


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently ReadingNineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Recently Finished ReadingStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Reading Next: Origin by Dan Brown

What is your WWW Wednesday?

Goodreads Challenge Update (#3 2018)

We are about 3/4 through 2018! As I kept my GoodReads Reading Challenge at 85 this year, I have to keep myself in check and see how my progress is! Also, what Also, what I’m projected to accomplish the last 1/4!

As of right now, here is where I’m sitting:

59/85 (69%)

Here are the books I have read (and some reviewed) links to reviews OR Goodreads:

5 Stars

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