Thursday Trails: A Look at the Future

Posted January 10, 2013 by Stormy in Blogging, Books / 0 Comments


With the exception of Top Ten Tuesdays, I normally stay away from participating in book blogging meme. There are fun ones I like to read(like Waiting on Wednesdays!), but I don’t feel compelled to join many and I definitely want to make sure they never take over my blog. However, Hollywood the Write Way has a new meme that I just cannot pass up because of the unique idea, called Thursday Trails. Each Thursday a new topic is posted and the goal is to list 1-3 each of a song, TV show(or specific episodes), and movies, or a match of those categories and at least 3 picks, that lead to 1-3 book recommendations.

This week’s topic is A Look at the Future. Intriguing, yes? I’m looking at music that remind me of A Look at the Future(with 1 extra pick), since I don’t watch many movies/TV shows.


1. Winter Winds by Mumford & Sons

Why I Picked It (The Lyrics say it best):

We’ll be washed and buried one day my girl
And the time we were given will be left for the world
The flesh that lived and loved will be eaten by plague
So let the memories be good for those who stay

2. Hands of Time by Rachel Diggs

Why I Picked it:

You can’t turn back the hands of time
Just let it go and you’ll be fine
What’s done is done and its alright
You cant turn back the hands of time

3.Alligator Sky by Owl City

Why I Picked It:

Where was I when the rockets came to life
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
Even though I’ll never know what’s up ahead
I’m never lettin’ go, I’m never lettin’ go

4. Ticket to Heaven, by 3 Doors Down

Why I Picked It:

All they gave me was this ticket to heaven
But that ticket to heaven said to lie in the bed that you make
Now I’m restless and I’m running from everything
I’m running from everything, I’m afraid it’s a little too late


In high school, I used to love poetry. I haven’t read it nearly enough lately, but a poem that reminds me of this topic, rather depressingly, is T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men, which is one of my all time favorite poems.You can read the poem here. As disturbing as it may be, the famous last stanza of this poem has always captivated me:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Book Recommendation


Which in turns leads us to the book recommendation of this Thursday Trails topic: The Compound by S.A. Bodeen. The first line of this book is:

T.S. Eliot was wrong. My world ended with a bang the minute we entered the Compound  and that silver door closed behind us.

T.S. Eliot is referenced throughout the book as well, which just made this a win for me. You can read my review here. The Goodreads summary for this book says:

Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside.
Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—or sorry?

This was actually a surprisingly hard topic for me! However, I do heartily recommend this book. Hope you enjoy if you choose to read it, and have fun if you decide to write your own Thursday Trail!



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