Booky Thoughts and Me

Book reviews and pondering thoughts of a down to earth person


Book Review: The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Hyperion

The Time Keeper was such a precious book. I saw it at my local library and the cover piqued my interest. I scanned the back and grabbed it. I’ve never read this author before, but the cover and the subject matter was just too strong a pull for me to ignore.

The Time Keeper is about Dor, a boy who is born 6,000 years ago and is fascinated by counting things. Water drops, steps, hops, you name it he will count it. Through perseverance, he starts to create something that has never been created before. Imagine the days when the days stretched out before you and there was no need to rush anywhere.  Slowly Dor creates time, and seals his fate. He is banished by the Gods to a cave where he hears the pleas from others asking for more time.

The only way to end his torture and banishment is to help two other souls in the future, way in the distant future.

Personal Thoughts:

I loved this book. I found it a jewel that’s going straight to my collection. The story of Dor and what he goes through touched my heart. The thing that is the most important, more important than the time that he creates is the love of his life Alli. It only takes him thousands of years to finally realize it.

The themes in this book showcase that despite our technological advancements, we have forgotten the precious commodity that we already have but neglect: the simple things in life. I always say it and I know others do as well: I wish I had more time. This book reminds me that I can have it if I just reflect on the small, simply things that are already in my life that make time irrelevant. My family, my friends, that special someone. These need to be cherished because they are the precious things in life that stick around no matter what happens.

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Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jany Nelson

Published: March 2010

Publisher: Speak 

“One boy helps her remember. The other lets her forget.”

Lennie just lost her sister and her world is crashing around her. She doesn’t know how to behave, she doesn’t know what to do with her grief. There are also two guys that are making it complicated for her. There is Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend who is a both quiet and seduction. Then there is Joe, he’s the new guy in town, who always seems to be bursting with life, a smile on his face and a talented musician.

Each boy has its pros and cons, but what Lennie needs to realize is that Bailey is never coming back. Being with Toby makes her remember her sister and feel closer to her,  but what kind of  person does that make her? What kind of sister goes after her dead sisters boyfriend? Through trials and tribulations, Lennie must choose between the two boys before either of them find out about each other.

Personal Thoughts:

The Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful book. Lennie is a character that I won’t be able to forget for quite some time. The story grabbed a hold of me and held me captive the entire time I was reading it, and it is still with me. The writing itself is beautiful and unique and it showcases a vulnerability that just won’t let go.

I loved the characters. Lennie aka John Lennon, Joe, Big and Gram stood out the most. Lennie and Joe were my favorites though. One was so happy all the time while the other lost in a depression/grief so deep she didn’t know how to get out or what to do about it.