Slaughterhouse Five

Alright, so I FINALLY read Slaughterhouse Five. (Insert fellow bookies’ gasps here.)
It was one of those books that I knew I would eventually read but it kept getting bumped further and further down my ‘to-read’ list by exciting new fiction. The book I read before this one (In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware- bit of a thriller, fun read) mentioned Slaughterhouse Five in it and I made the decision to finally bite the bullet and friggin’ read it already.

Here’s what I knew about this book before cracking the spine: Funny… Maybe about war? Seriously.

I’m a firm believer in books coming into your life at the right time for specific reasons. This was absolutely one of them. I recently lost my Nan, who was always a huge part of my life and have been struggling with the usual: Sadness, confusion, shock, anger, questioning the meaning of life, etc, etc, etc.

TINY SPOILER ALERT: What stood out to me from this book was Tralfamadore, the planet which the main character thinks he was abducted to, and the thoughts that the aliens (or Tralfamadorians) had about life and death. Here’s what stuck with me:

“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moment, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a sketch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.

When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is ‘So it goes.'”

This has been floating around my head since I read it and I’ve sent it to my family members who are also having a hard time with Nan’s passing. What a beautiful concept though, eh? How lucky are we to have these memories that we can go back to whenever we want? It’s much easier to focus on rather than the crappy few weeks we’ve experienced.

If you haven’t already read it, I highly suggest doing so. There are little beautiful nuggets like the one above sprinkled throughout the entire novel and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud then probably realizing what you’re laughing at is horrible and that you absolutely should NOT be laughing. My favorite kind of humour. Dark.

Next up: I Hate The Internet, a useful novel against men, money and the filth of Instagram by Jarett Kobek… Will report back soon.



The Mountain Story

Obviously having a title with the word ‘mountain’ in it caught the attention of this Hike Addict. I honestly don’t remember how I came across this one. It wasn’t a recommendation which is rare for me because I’m constantly asking friends and family what they’re reading to add to my never-ending “to-read” list. It probably came up on the “If you like THIS, you’ll definitely like THIS” part of That sh*t works, I tell ya. I’m such a sucker consumer.
ANYWHO, this book pulled me in pretty early on with a giveaway straight off the bat that 4 people started a hike and only 3 came back. WHO DIED? WHAT HAPPENED? I needed to know. This isn’t a spoiler, by the way, it’s on the back of the book. Chill.
Without going too much into detail, I’d describe this novel as a gripping outdoor adventure with family drama that’s all too relatable and sentimental memories from the past.
I really enjoyed the writing style of Lori Lansens too. Anyone who can write in a way that sparks your imagination to be able to smell the damp moss after a rainy morning in a forest gets points in my book.
Mountain Story gets a solid 4/5 star rating because it’s a good mix of some of my favorite things while still keeping my interest with adventure and mystery. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars would be because about halfway through I put it down for a few weeks, which is totally unlike me.
Yes, life got in the way but I think we all know that you don’t get “too busy” for a REALLY friggin’ good book. You make time. You don’t binge-watch old episodes of The Office on Netflix for the 1000th time.

Vicky Castledine

Vicky is a Content Marketing Manager from Monday to Friday and a trail runner/ book lover/ dog hugger/ wilderness explorer after 5 PM and on weekends.

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