Thursday, January 17, 2019

Books from the Backlog #43


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Random House Vintage
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12972591-swan-song

Why did I add Station Eleven to my bookshelf?

This book has been on my tbr list since its release because it sound amazing.  It seems that my friends on Goodreads either love this book or were rather bored with it.  I picked up my copy at a local book fair and it has sat on my shelf since then.  I am working on reading more of my own stuff this year so maybe I can work it in.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






30 comments:

  1. I heard about this one. It caught my fancy, too, but I never got around to adding it. Love your plan to get to the older books on your shelves this year including this one.

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    1. I am trying hard to fit in something besides arcs this year!

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  2. I've seen this all over the place but I always forget what it's about. I would like to try it. Hope you get to it soon!

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    1. I have started reading more print books again so I may fit it into my schedule in a reasonable amount of time.

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  3. i had this on wishlist for a while but after looking at the reviews I realised that it wouldn't suit me. It sounded too slow for me. Hope you enjoy it if you get to it!

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  4. Yep, I own this one on my Kindle. Nope, I've not read it yet. Are you sure you shouldn't be calling this "Books Barb Hasn't Read Either?"

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    1. I have a feeling that we have a lot of books in common that we haven't read yet :)

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  5. I've read this one!
    I thought the dystopian future was brilliant, but found the flasback sections got very repetitive

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    1. That's good to know. At least part of it is brilliant so it sounds like it is worth a try.

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  6. I didn't know about this one but it looks good

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  7. This one has been on my tbr list for a long while too. I hope we're both able to get to it at some point!

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  8. it sounds confusing, so I say read it

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  9. I don't think I have heard of this one, but I hope when you get to it, you love it. I keep thinking of joining in on the backlog, maybe later.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  10. Oh I remember when this one came out! I wanted to read it even though it's a bit outside my usual genres! You should definitely give it a try.

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    1. I think it got quite a bit of buzz around its release. I haven't seen it around much lately.

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  11. I don't know anything about this one. It sounds odd. From the blurb I wouldn't have picked it up but might be convinced by a review from someone with similar tastes. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  12. I've never heard of this one. Hope you end up liking it.

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  13. It always seems hard for me to start books that have had mixed reviews. I hope you enjoy it once you get to start it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. It seems like a couple of bad reviews will make me put books aside and often when I do pick them up I end up liking them.

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  14. Oh my gosh I remember when this came out and was EVERYWHERE. And I never did get to it, even though it's partly set in my area of the country (which always intrigued me- I'm in Michigan and if I remember right it's either partly set in MI or in the "upper Midwest" anyway). But I also heard it's not for everyone (sounds nicer than it's boring lol) so... I don't know!

    I hope it's good if you read it!

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  15. My older sister read this book and absolutely loved it. I also remember seeing a lot of positive reviews when it came out as well. I hope you enjoy it when you read it. It's also on my wishlist for the time being.

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