When I started this challenge that I created for myself, I started going to my library a lot more. I also started going to my library’s website a lot more. I think in the first two months of this year I have had 10 books on hold for me. It’s nice, because sometimes by the time a book becomes available I’ve totally forgotten what it’s about and what my expectations for it are. Nothing ruins things more than expectations. Really, all in all, I think humans would be better if we just started enjoying things in the moment and stopped having expectations. But I’m sure such an existence would have some terrible outcome, so let’s just find a happy medium and have reasonable expectations, ok?
Anyway, I put book 13, Landline by Rainbow Rowell (what a name!), on hold about two months ago now. By the time I picked it up I had no memory of what it was about, how it made my to-read list, and why I ever put it on hold. (By the way, spoiler alerts galore for this post). So by the time I got to the actual time-travel-esque phone I was super confused and had to go back to read the book’s synopsis. I couldn’t believe I was reading another time-travel related love story. Seriously, what are the odds?
I read this book in a grand total of around 4 hours. I think that says more about the book than my ability to read. I took the book with me to work, and sat in my car reading a chapter after parking before actually going in to turn in my computer. I probably would have read it at my desk, but since I work at an automotive manufacturer I don’t think I could have even pretended that that was work related.
I wish I could tell you what about this book made it so consumable, I can only guess it was the writing, because a friend told me that all of Rainbow’s books are like this (I only pretend that we’re on a first name basis because that name…seriously!). I have not read any of her other books, so I can’t really speak to that.
That being said, while this book is stylistically about as different as you can get from Q (book 12), it explores much of the same things, for obvious reasons. If you had the ability to go back and “fix” something, would you do it? Would it change the present? Like Q, I think this book handled the subject beautifully. In this case the premise was that the present is resilient, so the main character doesn’t “fix” her present, so much as she fixes her own future. By having these conversations with the young version of her husband, the one she was dating in college, she realizes how much she takes for granted, and she promises to be better going forward. By doing this she changes nothing about her own past and where her life is at, but she does see that it’s not too late, that she can be more appreciative going forward.
This book also speaks volumes to relationships and love and how the two relate. If I had to guess I would say every person has a slightly different opinion on love and relationships. This book questions whether love is enough. If two people have goals for their lives that don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, is love a good enough reason to make a life together anyway? And is love enough to then keep these two people together through the inevitable conflicts that arise? I think what I love about this book, is that it shows a couple in love but always in conflict, not just a happily in love couple. I think because of all the sacrifices my parents made while I was growing up, this was a type of couple I found I could relate to more.