18 ~ The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens (CBC Summer 2015 Reading List)
The Mountain Story really surprised me, it was actually a great deal more engaging then I expected. The story did not have too much filler and unnecessary detail. Wolf was an interesting protagonist and his story kept me interested. I did find myself feeling sorry for Wolf a lot but I think that is expected with his upbringing and family life. Vonn and Nola were both well-rounded characters too, although I think Bridget’s character felt a bit underdeveloped for me. The author Lori Lansens did a great job in creating a sense of empathy and how it would actually feel to be lost on a mountain for several days. I also appreciated the unpredictability of the storyline.
What a horrible family Wolf had to endure though. As weird as Nola, Bridget and Vonn were, their family seemed normal next to Wolf’s upbringing.
A brief summary of the novel is that Wolf is on the verge of taking his own life, only to get lost on the side of a mountain with three complete strangers. Quickly injuries and lack of food take their toll on the group as they struggle to find a way off the mountain. Wolf recounts his story for his son but only after decades of keeping the events a secret to those closest to him.
17 ~ Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
A very quick read (maybe 30 minutes), but I enjoyed J.K. Rowling’s stories and life advice.