book report / maybe in another life & station eleven




Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I really enjoyed this story. It had a very “Sliding Doors” feel to it. This is my second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I really like her writing style. I know I will eventually read all her books.

The book  has two different timelines and two different possibilities unfold.  I loved the back and forth point of view, based on one seemingly random decision and outcomes of each choice. I found myself not wanting to put the book down and was eager to get to the end. It was a very satisfying story, with great characters and a great story with the backdrop of familiar L.A. places.

This author is great with stories that have honest portrayal of life — there were hardships and victories, love and loss, laughter and tears, hard choices and lucky breaks. It was incredibly real and honest and made the characters so relatable, believable, and understandable. While this is absolutely a romance, it’s also just as much about friendship and family and finding yourself.

This story portrayed that sometimes a seemingly wrong decision can lead you down a path that actually might lead you to a better future than you ever thought possible… and no matter what road you go down, it’s possible to still find happiness is comforting and inspiring. It begs you to look at the big picture of life.

Memorable Quotes:

“If there are an infinite number of universes, I don’t know how I got so lucky as to end up in this one. Maybe there are other lives for me out there, but I can’t imagine being as happy in any of them as I am right now, today. I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as good as this.”

“I’m just going to do my best and live under the assumption that if there are things in this life that we are supposed to do, if there are people in this world we are supposed to love, we’ll find them. In time. The future is so incredibly unpredictable that trying to plan for it is like studying for a test you’ll never take. I’m OK in this moment.”




Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This book is a grown-up version of a  dystopian/apocalyptic  novel. There are no zombies, world wars, aliens or economic collapses, just one big strain of swine flu. This is not the type of book that I  usually pick-up, but it kept popping up in recommendations so I went for it and I’m glad I did.

While reading this book, I couldn’t help but notice how cinematic the way the scenes and words are put together. I hope they will make this book into a movie.

I like that the story changes back and forth in time, it keeps it interesting. I also like that the story is told from different characters and how some are connected to each other. It makes you wonder what would happen if this were to become a reality? and makes you appreciate this life we are living now and really think about the things we take for granted.

Memorable Quotes:

“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”

“What I mean to say is, the more you remember, the more you’ve lost.”

“No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.”

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