Working in a library definitely has its perks for a book nerd like myself. Thanks to my innate curiosity (translation: nosiness), I often find myself paying attention to what books our patrons are reading in case anything happens to pique my interest.
The most recent book I finished reading, "Almost Midnight" by author Rainbow Rowell, was something that my co-worker, our children's librarian, had recently read. When it passed by our circulation desk, I was immediately enamored by the dark cover because it had sparkles all over it - and there does happen to be something about women and all things glittery...
At any rate, aside from the fanciful cover, this book intrigued me because it is a compilation of two previously published short stories. Released in 2014 and 2016, respectively, "Midnights" and "Kindred Spirits" are both love stories centered around specific events - New Year's Eve (spanning four years) and the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both stories are well written by Rowell; the characters are real and relatable, as are their stories. The accompanying black-and-white illustrations by Simini Blocker are adorable and compliment the writing perfectly.
I enjoyed both stories, but "Kindred Spirits" is my favorite because I could put myself in the character of Elena's shoes easily. Eagerly awaiting the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 18-year-old Elena gathers her courage to sleep over in front of her local movie theater so she can be one of the first in line to see the film. To put it simply, things do not go the way Elena had planned - but, in the end, it all pays off, and there's even a great little unexpected plot twist at the end. I fell in love with Elena because Elena loved Star Wars the way I love the music of Stevie Nicks. And although I wouldn't be the type to camp out for days on line waiting for concert tickets, I could relate to the sort of community a fandom brings - and how Elena fond that in her line-mates, Gabe and Troy.
So if you are looking for a quick read that is both entertaining and perfectly portable for a trip to the beach, Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is the book for you!
You can buy a copy of Almost Midnight on Amazon.