Monday, April 10, 2017

The Minimalist Library: "The Mountain Between Us" by Charles Martin

So if you've been following along with me and my journey, you'll realize I've come to rediscover my love for the library. A little-known fact is, I worked in a library in high school. Before that, I always had my nose in a book. But, after shelf reading and reshelving books, I lost my draw to books for awhile. Then, I wanted to get back into reading again. I just could never find the time. Part of my goal in this journey towards minimalism is to read for leisure more. My first post came after reading "7" by Jen Hatmaker. After that, I decided to tackle something fiction (that's my favorite).

Enter the joy of OverDrive from my library. I can download any available books or audio books I want on my Kindle app! The best part is, it is free if you're a member of a library that uses it. That means no spending money on books to fill my shelves that I only read once! Sometimes, you have to wait in a hold queue if it's a popular book. However, I filled up my queue and read them as they become available. And...the one that came available was "The Mountain Between Us" by Charles Martin.

I was pleasantly surprised by this read. The two main characters, Ashley Knox and Dr. Ben Payne, are involved in a horrific plane crash in the middle of nowhere in their attempt to get back to their respective homes; Ashley to her upcoming wedding and Ben to his scheduled surgeries. The story becomes one of survival as Ben and Ashley fight to stay alive in the middle of a vast, frozen expanse in Utah. Will they make it out alive? And if they do, how will life change for them after the experience?

The story has a lot of twists and turns that keep you needing to read more. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself staying up till 2 a,m. to read it until you can't keep your eyes open anymore. I can't say this story ended as I expected. Once I got into it, I thought I had an idea of how things would go until the author decides to throw in a couple unexpected surprises. However, they were surprises that left my heart feeling a little warmer (and my mind not certain of how badly I'd like to fly again...ha).

The best part? This is being made into a movie! It is currently in post-production and will star Idris Elba (as Ben Payne) and Kate Winslet (as Ashley Knox). Along with, we'll see Dermot Mulroney and Beau Bridges. I'm pretty excited about this!

Give it a read and let me know what you think!


  1. Thanks for the recommendation. Will definitely read the book :)
    I have, too, recently re-developed my love for books and started to visit the local library. xoxoxo

    - Prerna /

  2. I am always looking for a good book to read when I travel! Thanks for the recommendation, will note it down :)