Reading More Books

3 Aug

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Tom Violet is secretly writing a novel. His father is a famous novelist who just won the Pulitzer. Tom is a 35-year-old whose life did not turn out how he imagined.  He’s stuck in a job he hates and that bores him.  I wasn’t sure I would like this book.  It seemed like too much of a “guy’s book” for me, especially as it starts out with Tom’s troubles with erectile dysfunction.  I ended up loving it. It made me laugh and cringe and want to cry.  Tom’s frustration with corporate America is hilarious.  His relationship with his father is bittersweet.  His relationship with his daughter is sweet and touching. Tom was such a real character. I wished I could know him but it was good enough to spend some time in his world reading this book.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent, a YA dystopian future novel in the vein of  The Hunger Games.  In this city, there are five factions and at a certain age, you choose which faction you will belong in (the brave, the selfless, the scholars, the honest or the friendly, to put it simply).  In Divergent, Tris chose her faction and was going through the initiation process.  In Insurgent, a war has broken out and she must fight to survive and try to stop it.  Honestly, after Divergent, this book was a bit of a let down. I wanted so much to love it but it moved slowly and the ending was confusing.  However, this review is meaningless.  If you read Divergent, you’re going to want to read this book and you’re going to want to pray for a hell of an ending in the third book.

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by AJ Jacobs

AJ Jacobs takes on major projects and writes books about them.  One year he decided to read the encyclopedia from A-Z.  One year he decided to live his life according to the bible.  In this book, he goes on a quest to be the healthiest man alive.  I love his books.  He does something that I would love to try and he goes into it in crazy detail. He consults experts and not just your typical experts.  He pretty much investigates every claim out there that swears will make you healthy: the caveman diet, pole dancing, acupuncture, etc.  And he does it all with a hilarious sense of humor.  I laughed constantly and now I want to create a treadmill desk like he did.  I feel that I would get a lot more done and lose weight at the same time!

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