Fellowship Point by Anne Elliott Dark
source: library ebook
Fellowship Point is a novel primarily about one life-long female friendship. It's also a multi-generational family tale set mostly in rural Maine, where the natural surroundings play an important role. One of the main characters is an author and her literary storyline added further to the novel's appeal.
This book grew on me as I turned the pages. The leisurely pace allowed a gradual reveal of personalities, backgrounds, and relationships. Characters seemed to grow richer with each added detail.
I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and my reading experience... until somewhere around 400 pages when the pace began to feel more plodding than leisurely. At that point, I became impatient and wished the author would move more quickly toward a resolution.
Despite the length and slow pacing, I still recommend this book. Read it when you have plenty of time to really sink into a novel and relax with it.
by Sy Montgomery, narrated by the author
Atria Books, paperback 2016 - 261 pages
HighBridge Audio, 2015 - 9 hours and 10 minutes
source: purchased paperback, hoopla audio
Who knew octopuses were so intelligent? I certainly didn't until I read Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. That novel piqued my curiosity... I needed to learn more about these amazing animals right away.
Montgomery's book was the perfect choice. Her journalistic style coupled with the interesting subject matter kept me turning the pages. She set out to learn more about octopuses at the New England Aquarium in Boston. She regularly spent time with octopus keepers and staff, and interacted directly with several octopuses over the years. Eventually she learned to scuba dive so she could interact with octopuses in the wild. Fascinating stuff!
There were two facts I found especially surprising. First, octopuses seem to have distinct personalities. For example, one may be playful and engaging, while another could be on the shy side. I also learned that octopuses require regular activities/ mental stimulation to prevent boredom. Evidently a bored octopus tends to become a destructive octopus!
Next up for me is a trip to a nearby aquarium. I'm also hoping we can visit the New England Aquarium in Boston before heading back to Florida!
This was a read/listen combination for me. I enjoyed the author's narration, but was glad I had a print copy to view the color photos. It's well worth the read in either format.