The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom with Chamomile

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom is a feel good novel that shows out the dark nature of time. Before reading The Time Keeper, I never thought about the way humans cling to time. We are the only living creatures to obsess over time and to beg it to bend to our will.  Our obsession over time steals from us the ability to just be present.

A beautiful humanization of the iconic Father Time provides a fresh way to appreciate life instead of time. The Time Keeper provided me with a new perspective on how to appreciate my loved ones instead of hoarding time.

The message behind The Time Keeper struck an emotional cord with me. I found chamomile tea to be a great comfort. I think The Time Keeper was an important read for me because as a new mom time can be my worst enemy. Time slips through my fingers as he grows too quickly and crawls by painfully when he wails at 4am. I am thankful for a reminder to forget about time and I think you will be too.

 

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The Martian by Andy Weir with Caramel Vanilla Chai

The Martian by Andy Weir is a gripping and intelligent read. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor in the story and actually found myself laughing out-loud. Mark Watney although, stranded on Mars and facing almost certain death is witty and crudely humorous. Watney is an impressive character: he remains humorous during the worst of circumstances, solves seemingly unsurmountable problems, and is the person we would hope to be in similar circumstances.

I was skeptical about a story that involved a character stranded alone. Monologues are not generally the most intriguing of reads, but Watney’s journal logs paired with the stories of Earth and the crew create a truly intriguing story.

Even though the story is an interesting and quick read, the plot is reliant on the reader understanding a fair amount of science. I could understand how a reader may become bogged down in the science and lose interest in the plot. If, however, the reader works to understand the science then they are in for a good read.

Although the story hinges on fairly complicated science, I could still feel deeply for Watney. The loneliness, cold, hunger, and fear are ever present so I counteracted it with a cozy caramel vanilla chai tea. I found a delicious recipe at Mom on Timeout. You will need something both physically and emotionally warming as you read The Martian.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson with Basilur’s Frosty Afternoon

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson felt like reading four amazing novels wrapped up in one package. There is the intriguing court case full of surprises, a tale of forlorn young lovers, the gripping look into racism against the Japenese, & a war novel. These four stories are tied seamlessly together by memorable characters and mystery.

Guterson tackles the difficult issues of racism, braving the rarely talked about Japanese internment camps. He provides a poignant view into the racism faced by the Japanese-Americans following Pearl Harbor and it casts an eerie shadow on our world today.

This commentary on how racism penetrates society is skillfully hidden in wonderful storytelling. You will find yourself awed by the beauty of the island, cautious of the power of nature and saddened by the weakness of the human spirit when filled with fear.

Basilur’s Frosty Afternoon goes perfectly with this snowy setting and harsh conditions of the human heart. Guterson describes the wintery weather so well that you feel the need to be warmed. The citrus undertone to this black tea will warm you perfectly while you enjoy the frosty grip of Snow Falling on Cedars.

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