How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper tells the story of Andrew. Andrew works for a department of his local council, and his day to day job is to search through homes of the recently deceased looking for evidence of a next of kin. Through a slight misunderstanding his coworkers believe he is a happily married man with two children. The fact is however, Andrew lives alone with only is records and model train sets for company. Though this small, white, lie started out harmless, Andrew has let it balloon out of control.
Then he meets Peggy and he begins to rethink everything. Should he continue to keep up his lie and risk losing everything he has built with Peggy, or tell the truth and start living really living his life again?
So, this book was just OK for me. I can see how fans of Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine would really enjoy this book, because it has the same kind of vibe. I enjoyed the last half much more than the first
half. I found the plot to be kind of slow paced throughout most of the novel.
The main character Andrew tended to annoy me. He would be sort of dull and depressing, then have these epiphanies of brilliant thoughts and I would think "Oh there's some personality!" Especially when he would come out of his shell, and be himself around Peggy. But Oh his white lie!! He had so many opportunities to tell the truth, and when he didn't I would literally groan out loud. When the back story of his lie comes to light, I was able to sympathize with him much more and enjoy the book. I wish readers would have been made aware of this a little bit of information sooner in the story, rather than later.
Overall , I give this book 3/5 stars. #hownottodiealone#netgalley#partner#bookreviewer#bookreview#bookstagram#mayreads#bookpic#bookreviewe#bookstagrammer#bibliophile#bookpost#amreading#iread#bookish#booknerd#bookmom#booklover#lovetoread#bookobsessed#bookaholic#instaread#bookworm#booksofig#readersofinstagram#readingaddicts#bookshark#bookish#bookcommunity#booksbooksbooks
Shout out to our librarian Mrs. Fendel, who has been super busy since our move organizing all of our books for the Down Syndrome Academy! She does such a wonderful job making sure our students are reading. It doesn’t matter the subject matter, if they are interested in something and request it, Mrs. Fendel will get a book in their hands! 📚 🤓💙💛 #library#reading#books#downsyndrome#adultswithdownsyndrome#lovetoread#houston
C.S. Lewis never fails to capture a new angle of an old picture. In this instance, it's his book about LOVE. Let's dive in.
The first three chapters are about various types of love, namely Affection, Friendship, and Eros. Finally, Lewis lands on Charity. Unconditional, Divine love. He talks about how the first three loves, left to themselves, "either vanish or become demons." And I'm sure at one time or another you've found this to be true. But something struck me with Charity, that "even for their own sakes the loves [affection, friendship, and Eros] must submit to be second things if they are to remain the things they want to be. In this yoke lies their true freedom; 'they are taller when they bow'." In my personal experience, I find it to be true that if I want to love others, I need to first find and fill my need for love in God, lest the love I have for my friends/my beloved becomes corrupted, dies, or ruins me. Yet even still, Charity love has the power to invade and transform.
So how do I re-priorotize so that my love for others actually lives? In a beautiful paradox, Love Himself, God, enables man to be able to give love towards Himself. "There is of course a sense in which no one can give to God anything which is not already His; and if it is already His, what have you given? But since it is only too obvious that we can withhold ourselves, our wills and hearts, from God, we can in that sense, also give them. What is His by right and would not exist for a moment if it ceased to be His (as the song is the singer's), He has nevertheless made ours in such a way that we can freely offer it back to Him. 'Our wills are ours to make them Thine.'" In turn, our love offered back to God becomes the fuel for eternal, unconditional love with others. I must then ask myself, what have I loved more than my Creator Himself? What shall I offer Him but my entire life, love, and will, if I am to truly learn to love everything else?