The First Phone Call From Heaven

Book 71 in 2018.

“The First Phone Call From Heaven”, by Mitch Albom.

I listened to the audio book of this. That is how I read Mitch Albom’s “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” as well. Mitch Albom himself is the one who narrates the books. I just feel like he is a great story teller. And I love hearing it in his voice.

This story is about exactly what the title states. The town of Coldwater Michigan had several residents started simultaneously, receiving actual phone calls, from loved ones who had passed away approximately two years ago. Their phone calls made national media attention. There were protesters who were against it. There were people pouring in from all over, supporting it, wanting their own phone calls from heaven.

In the middle of all the chaos is Coldwater resident Sully Harding. He was mourning the loss of his wife, with his seven year old son. He could not believe that these phone calls were real. The dead did not call after they were gone. He was determined to find out the truth behind the suspicious claims of phone calls from heaven.

I feel like maybe it was too soon for me to read this story. We recently had a death in our family, that hit us pretty hard. It has only been a month and a half. So I think I was maybe too emotional to read about loss. I did like the story. I love Mitch Albom’s originality. He is amazing. Overall afterthought, a sad read (but I could just be the one who is sad ) .

Life is sad. And death is weird.

Bring Me Back

Book 70 in 2018.

“Bring Me Back”, by B.A. Paris.

Whelp. Not sure how I feel about this one… It only took me two days to read it, because I really needed to know what the heck was going on. And it kept me going back and forth.

Finn was on vacation with his girlfriend Layla when she went missing. He was accused of killing her, but there was no proof. He moved on with his life always having the mystery of not knowing what happened to her. Twelve years later he is engaged to her sister Ellen, when he suspects Layla may still be alive. Things start appearing that only Layla would know about. Then the emails start…

Roller coaster ride here. There was a ton of self dialogue which I found severely repetitive. It was kind of a whirlwind to read through. It was just kind of a crazy story. It was definitely suspenseful and kept you thinking a whole slew of different scenarios. I feel at a loss of words to describe it. Overall afterthought, eh.

The Sun is Also a Star

Book 69 in 2018.

“The Sun is Also a Star”, by Nicola Yoon.

Disclaimer: I did not read this book in its entirety. Maybe 75%ish.

I do not normally “count” a book that I have not completed as a book “read”. However, since these are my own rules I can pretty much change them anytime.

I have started a dozen plus books, some reading up to one hundred pages, this year. Then I decide I just don’t care, and do not finish them. So if I added all those pages, I am sure it would equal at least a couple books.

I feel like I put in a great effort for this book. More than half way through I skipped to the end and read the last few chapters.

I know, shocking. I did the same thing to Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything”. I think I may be venturing away from YA. There are some really great young adult books out there, that I have thoroughly enjoyed. This was just too much teenage angst and drama for me. Overall afterthought, moving on.

Dispatches from Pluto

Book 68 in 2018.

“Dispatches from Pluto”, by Richard Grant

Ok, I have been looking for some good non-fiction. This was on a list that I thought I would try. When I picked it up and started it, I almost put it down. However, I was so glad I didn’t! I ended up really enjoying it.

Richard Grant is a writer form Britain who has traveled the world learning about and observing different countries and cultures. His life took a wild turn from Manhattan, New York ,to the Delta of Mississippi, in the city of Pluto.

What he discovered there was a loving diverse community of people who were willing to embrace him and his girlfriend. His journey through the complex Mississippi Delta race relations and poverty were so incredibly eye opening and interesting. He opened my eyes to a world I did not really know about.

There was quite a bit of language. And some very graphic situations were discussed as he visited a local prison. I think Richard Grant has a couple other books out, that I would definitely be willing to check out. Overall afterthought, thought provoking.