Thursday, August 15, 2013

t3 - one legged men and young 20-somethings

My favorite part about no longer being in undergrad is that the huge pile of textbooks laying next to my bed has been replaced by a Kindle full of recreational reads. Not only does it clear up space on my nightstand, but it also clears up lots of space in my head for fictional travels. Today I present to you the last three of those travels.

1. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close .::. 3/5 stars
This book describes the post-graduation lives of a group of women and all the chaotic, happy, confusing, hilarious and downright unfortunate events it brings. I gave the book three stars out of five because there really is no plot, which bothers me, but at the same time gives the book its appeal. Being recently thrown into post-graduation life myself, I can’t identify much of a plot in my life either. But I can identify with the crazy emotions living in a new place, searching for the right job and being recently married brings, and that is exactly what this book gives you. It also left me with the hope that maybe my college roommates and I can be friends forever. 

2. The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith .::. 5/5 stars
Don’t let the name of the author fool you, that’s a pen for J.K. Rowling, and despite beliefs that none of her work will ever live up to the Harry Potter series, I believe this one comes close. The story set in London revolves around the death of the famous model Lula Landry. Police ruled it a suicide, but the family believes different and hires a washed up private detective to discover the truth. The detective zigzags his way through a web of suspicious characters and a mess of clues with the help of his new assistant, and what he finds will blow your mind. As a bonus, you can also improve your vocabulary: pellucid, coquettish and ostensibly are some of my favorites – look them up.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green .::. 4/5 stars
The only thing The Fault has in common with Cuckoos is they both feature a man with one leg. That being said, you should still pick up the love story of two cancer victims. It’s the perfect book to take to the gym, if you don’t mind sobbing on the elliptical in front of guys with cinderblocks for arms and pixie sticks for legs {not that I did that}. The two teenagers are both intelligent and witty and provide an interesting perspective on what it’s like to live with cancer. Though neither holds a Christian worldview, Green challenges the reader to think about life and death and the purpose of existence. They make us ask, what’s the one thing worth really living for?

I’m always looking for a new book to read, what’s sitting on your bedside table this week? Or what books do you recommend I add to my list?

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