Summer is here (or almost here for some of you!) and that means breaking out the fun, beachy reads. You know - chick lit, young adult, etc. Who can focus on a tough read when they're at the beach and there is so much scenery to take in? And by scenery, I mean half-naked men playing beach volleyball and rolling around in the sand. For days like this, I turn to my favorite YA and chick lit authors.
Emma Forrest's "Your Voice in My Head" was just released on Tuesday. This book is a memoir and, as Emma perfectly put it, a duet. Emma has struggled with mental illness since her teens, but isn't diagnosed until she winds up on Dr. R's doorstep after a failed suicide attempt. She credits Dr. R with her recovery, but when he suddenly passes away from cancer, she realizes how little she knows about this man who saved her life.
As the holiday season is upon us and most of us bookworms have time to indulge in something non-school related, I decided to give into a guilty pleasure that has been collecting dust for the better part of a year. You don't have to read this exact book, but I encourage you to delve into something non-fiction that is NOT what you're studying in school! A well-rounded education means learning things outside of the classroom and sometimes on your own, people
"Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare is the first in her new trilogy, titled "The Infernal Devices." However, the setting and paranormal world that she incorporates into this novel is actually from her first trilogy "The Mortal Instruments." I've never read any of her work before, but apparently fans will recognize family names from the original books in this new one and also some characters.
I know, I know. I'm a total book hypocrite. I used to make fun of women who read boatloads of Jodi Picoult and look at me now! This is the 4th. book of hers I've reviewed for CC! But, I've said it once, I'll say it again - she is GREAT for entertaining reading.
"Water for Elephants" tells the story of Jacob Jankowski. It flips back and forth between the present when Jacob is ninety or ninety-three (he is a little unsure and doesn't really care) and when he was 23. The modern-day Jacob lives in a nursing home, where he is far from happy and very aware of his gradual, but inevitable demise.
I've always been fascinated by the idea of reincarnation. Ever since I learned of the concept in a world religions class in high school, I've enjoyed learning more about this ancient idea. If reincarnation is true, then there is no need to fear death; we just keep coming back until we get it right. I think the eternalness of it all appealed to me.
A few months ago I was introduced to The Hunger Games. I'd seen the first book fly off the shelves and although I was intrigued, I never indulged. I read the back and wasn't totally convinced. However, my co-worker wouldn't stop raving about the first book, so I decided to give it a go.
Anyone who reads my posts knows that I'm a fiend for science non-fiction. I know it sounds scary, but I'm not reading "A Brief History of Time," although I sometimes toy with the idea. My science is fresh, fun and most importantly, SO interesting! Even if you're not a biology major, you will love books like Mary Roach's.
Since school is right around the corner, I thought I'd give a list of some of my favorite inspirational and informative books for school. Whether they help you in deciding your major or cooking up a mean dinner, these books are a college student's best friends (next to the microwave, Vitamin Water and Jersey Shore).
I've been seeing previews like crazy for Julia Roberts' new movie, "Eat Pray Love" and it looks pretty cute. And since I have a standing rule that I must read the book before I watch the movie, I was forced into this week's read. However, I'm so glad that I did!
I've been feeling a bit negative and bitter lately, and in need of a pick-me-up book. I dug through my bookshelf, looking for a small miracle, when I found "Tuesdays with Morrie." Everyone I've talked to about this book tells me that it is life-changing and brilliant, so I figured that my depressive mood could be changed with some soul-searching. And I was right!