Audible with Andrea…

…’The Midnight Library’

Just finished the ‘Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig and read By Carey Mulligan. I really enjoyed the idea that one can try out different lives. The lives can be drastically different or just a little. Big and small choices shape our lives and that is what I took from this story. How you are feeling about yourself in a moment shouldn’t define your life. There are factors and effects of our lives we may not see or even realize are happening. It’s all about your perspective. ‘Never under estimate the importance of small things.’ Never under estimate the effect of your life and the small things you do on others. How we are all woven together, even in our apartness. You have just as much effect not being in someone life as you do being in it. Your path helps set other people’s just as they help set yours. The idea of the multiverse outside of comics was also interesting. Nora being invite versions of herself but always feeling like an imposter was particularly interesting. She always felt bad for taking another Nora’s life for awhile, when really all the lives are hers. Overall, I recommend it. Thought provoking to be sure.

After all, ‘the only way to learn is to live.’

Audible with Andrea…

…’All Grown Up.’

My new, long commute has provided me with the opportunity to pick audible back up. I can only listen to so much music and audio books are easier to focus on in traffic and help keep my calmer. My first book was called ‘All Grown Up’ by Jami Attenberg.

I found a lot of the things addressed in the book to ring true to me as a single, childless woman in my mid 30’s. One was that your friends sort of disappear when they have kids. They don’t mean to and you don’t mean to lose touch with them, it is just sort of what happens. Your lives are just so different and how you spend your time is so different. Your priorities are just different, not better or worse, just different. She also address that the first thing people think when they think of her is that she is single. She lists all of the the other qualities they could think of when they think of her, but no the leading trait is ‘single.’ I definitely relate to that. She also has a funny take on being at the singles table at wedding that was amusing and not entirely untrue.

Overall, it was a little bit of a downer for me to fully recommend to you. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but the main character really gives up on a lot of her own dreams – for not awesome reasons and I found it frustrating. She was also a terrible member of her family, not really being there for anyone. I downloaded the book a few years ago and never got around to listening to it. I suspect I downloaded it because the main Character’s name is Andrea and I sort of expected a Sex and The City vibe (which it is not…although there is a fair amount of sex).

Still waiting for my strong character with my name. I just started listening to ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig and I will keep you posted on my thoughts there!