Wow. Talk about choosing an excellent first book for my NYT Bestselling Experiment!
I picked up The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom from the library last Monday evening and was already itching to vlog about it by bedtime.
Remember, these reviews are solely based off the first 50 pages. I can’t speak for the rest of the book.
A Review for Readers:
Video Cliffs Notes:
- This is a story about the first man to measure time and the repercussions of such a choice, not just for him, but for every person who came after.
- You know a story is good when you are super tired and you think you’ll just read a couple pages before bed, but those couple pages turn into 50, and all of a sudden you are wide awake.
- The premise is engaging. Trying to imagine a world in which we don’t keep track of time gets our imaginations buzzing right away.
- After reading the opening I had to stop and share it with my husband.
- The chapters are super short (1-3 pages), which makes it all too easy to read another, then another, then another….
- The language is very simple, reading almost like a kid’s fairytale, but it packs a profound punch.
- If secular books make you nervous because of language issues, rest assured, this book is clean.
A Review for Writers:
Video Cliffs Notes:
- Confirmed everything I’m learning in craft books.
- The story is built on an intriguing premise with a broad appeal. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t wish for more time, especially writers!
- The first two pages not only hooked me, but elicited questions that could only be answered if I kept reading.
- It has that important measuring stick Lisa Cron talks about in her craft book, Wired for Story.
- The end of each chapter propelled me into the next, so putting it down was an act of sheer willpower.
- The characters grabbed my sympathies right off the bat.
If one were recording history, one might write that at the moment man invented the world’s first clock, his wife was alone, softly crying, while he was consumed by the count.
“There is a reason God limits our days.”
“To make each one precious.”
There was always a quest for more minutes, more hours, faster progress to accomplish more in each day. The simple joy of living between sunrises was gone.
I cannot wait to keep reading this one. In fact, by the time this post goes live, I won’t be surprised if I’ve already finished. (Yep, I finished. And it’s awesome.)
Next book in the NYT best selling experiment?
Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
It’s on hold at the library. I think I’m in for a wait.
Let’s Talk: Imagine a world without clocks. Chaos or freedom?