TJ Klune’s “The House in the Cerulean Sea” – 5/5⭐️

5/5 Utterly Charming

I have to admit, I originally thought this was a children’s book. The brightly colored cover got me good, and carried on the whimsical energy of the book. In a nutshell, it’s about a middle aged man named Linus Baker, who’s miserable in life even though he doesn’t realize it. Cue a life-changing job assignment from Extremely Upper Management and he suddenly finds himself quickly overwhelmed with another way of life (and people) he never knew existed. Six very unique children and their equally special guardians, and an island that serves them all as their personal sanctuary from a cruel world. The book is about found families, about not taking things at face value (including yourself), about fighting for those you love, and finding the unexpected just when you think life’s got nothing else for you.

I originally started by listening to the audiobook on Hoopla, but quickly realized this was a book that required all of my attention. I wasn’t wrong. There are many little hidden nuggets, including a wonderful cast of characters that reminded me a lot of old 90s movie characters. (“The Omen”, and Disney’s “Can of Worms” for some reason. My brain works in mysterious ways.) As an adult in her early 30s, Linus Baker really resonated with me because who hasn’t found themselves miserable and in a dead-end job? Show of hands, please. I’ve been through some dark phases, and have asked myself quite a few times: is this it?

Klune’s response may be: no, it never is. 

So if you haven’t read it yet, or have been considering it and just want a quick read that will sink you in the warm fuzzy feels, this one’s a go.

Hoopla & Libby – Free Books

Happy Friday Everyone!

This is for my fellow readers with library cards (and if you don’t have one, GET ONE). In case you were not aware, that little piece of plastic in your wallet (or sock drawer, in my case) gives you access to thousands of digital books through your public library. All you have to do is make sure that your card is active, you remember your pin, and download both the Hoopla app and Libby, By OverDrive onto your preferred device.

Accounts are easy to set up, and next thing you know you’re able to borrow up to six books (digital or audio) a month for free. (Libby might be a bit less.) Hoopla has the most current library with no hold times, but Libby lets you read on your Kindle if you prefer something easier on the eyes. So what do you think? Neat, right?

Oh wait, you already knew? So it was just me then. Haha!

Anyway, just thought to put it on your radar in case it wasn’t already, and in case you wanted something to read for the long weekend. If you do give it a try, let me know what book you check out!