Inside the mind of Aza is a terrible place to be.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT The latest John Green novel got published in October 2017. We know John Green from The Fault In Our Stars. Turtles all the way down is a young adult novel that tells us the story of Aza. She is a 16-year-old girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. John Green himself suffered from this disorder when he was young. When a billionaire that lives close by suddenly disappears...

All the information you could ever need when you are looking for a new job.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT? As I’m writing this blog post, I am looking for a new job. Times are tough, and it is no longer unheard of to get retrenched. When I saw Getting Back to Work by Linda K Rolie, I knew I had to read it. And boy, am I glad that I did. This book is full of information, tips, and tricks that you didn’t think of. And to top that off, it also gives yo...

An inspirational rag to riches story. Find your place in the world, and own it like a #Girlboss.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT? #Girlboss is a book by Sophia Amoruso, the founder, and owner of Nasty Gal Vintage. When she was 23 years old, she started an online eBay store. She sold vintage clothing that she bought from thrift stores. Her eBay store became such a hit, that she decided to start her own website. Her company quickly became a huge hit, an...

“The old man and the sea” will sweep you right into the thrills of catching the big one.     WHAT IS IT ABOUT:  Ernest Hemingway wrote “The old man and the sea” in 1951. It is about an old Cuban fisherman with the name of Santiago. He has already gone 84 days without catching any fish. The villagers call him “salao”- the worst form of unluckiness that exists. His young friend and apprentice, Manolin, are not...

Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children is a spectacularly peculiar book indeed.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Jacob Portman assumed that his grandfather only made up his fantastical stories. No way thee could be peculiar children living in a secret home, with a “wise old bird” guarding it. And obviously, there can’t be man-eating monsters that chased him. Or so he thought. When his grandfather dies in a suspicious way, Jacob’s whole world turns ups...

“Try to read the book a couple of times in the first week, then at least once a month thereafter.” -Karl Moore   WHAT IS IT ABOUT? The 18 rules of happiness is a short book crammed with wisdom. Karl Moore penned this 18 simple rules. Each rule is a little light-bulb moment that brings you closer to being happy.Life is all about finding happiness, and let’s face it- most of us are struggling to find it. I must admit, that...

This little book is surprisingly refreshing and hilarious. It was worth every single minute of laughing out loud.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT? If you love cats, then you will love I could pee on this. It is full of poems… written by cats! Francesco Marciuliano penned these funny poems that explain everything you ever wanted to know about your furry friend.Their deepest thoughts and behaviors will suddenly make sense.I could almost imagine the cats...

What happens when a group of young boys tries to start their own government on a deserted island? Chaos and anarchy, of course. WHAT IS IT ABOUT?   William Golding wrote Lord of the flies in 1954. The story takes place during a war. A group of boys gets stranded on an island after their plane crashes. A boy called Ralph has natural leadership skills, and the boys elect him as their leader. But, there is a group of boys that do not agree with h...

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Kafka on the shore is a book with two distinct plotlines. At first, it seems as if the one has nothing to do with the other. One of the plotlines tells the story of 15-year-old Kafka. He runs away from home to escape a curse and to find his mother and sister. He finds a home in a library in Takamatsu. Then he makes friends with Oshima, who runs the library. He finds pe...

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Horror comes in the shape of a clown… and it has never been scarier.   WHAT’S ‘IT’ ABOUT? Stephen King wrote IT in 1986. The story tells us the story of a thing that disguises itself as a clown. The thing terrorizes kids using their fears and phobias to manipulate them. Kids like him since he looks like a clown. His prey of choice is young kids. THE PLOT: The book is quite long, at over a thousand pages. The story ...

This book will equip you with some rock-solid advice to improve your people skills and help you to be successful in your business and personal life. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? How to win friends and influence people is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie. It was first published in 1936, but the advice is still as relevant today as it was back then. Over 30 million copies of this books got sold worldwide. It also landed at number 19 on the Time Ma...

What would a post-apocalyptic South Africa look like? And how long would it take for its people to regroup? WHAT ITS ABOUT: A fever has swept over the whole world, causing a huge amount of earth’s population (about 90%) to die. Nico Storm tells us the tale of how he and his father travels around in a truck filled with essential supplies. Then his father, Willem Storm, decides to start a new community. He founds Amanzi (which is the Zulu word f...

Lose the ‘one size fits all’ approach to dieting. Eat according to your body type, and feel the health benefits with Dr. Abravanel’s Body Type Diet.   WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Dr. Abravanel is an American physician and diet counselor. According to him, your body type reveals the perfect diet for every individual. You get a self-test, that will tell you which of the major glands in your body is the dominant one. Your dominant gla...

The world’s best code breaking machine encounters an unbreakable code… it is up to one woman to break the code before it’s too late. WHAT’S IT ABOUT   Digital Fortress is about a woman named Susan Fletcher. She is a brilliant mathematician and cryptographer. The NSA (National Security Agency) , a top- secret government agency that she works for, calls her in. The agency is in possession of a state of the art code b...

Be sure to read this book in the broad daylight!   Bag of Bones is one of those books that makes you wonder whether you really need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Because you might hear a child crying in the darkness… You guessed it, this book creeped me out. But I loved it. And I must add, that at the scariest part of the book, a cyclone hit my town, and the power suddenly went off. 3D cinema can go home, this book...

Get sucked right into ancient Egypt, and the epic lives of the Egyptian royals. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? We met Taita, the Pharaoh’s slave and brilliant advisor in Wilbur Smith’s book, River God. In Desert God, Taita is on a quest to defeat the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete. Taking care of two strong-willed princesses doesn’t make his mammoth task any easier. This is a novel full of adventure and with a good dose of mythology thrown in ...

What if radical self-improvement was easy? It can be if you harness the power of habit.   What it’s about The Power of Habit is an easy-to-read book. In simple terms, the book explains how ordinary people made small changes to become extraordinary. A woman struggled with getting her life in order. One day she decided to change. She quit smoking, started running marathons, and got promoted at work. After transforming her life, neurol...

You won’t go to sleep until you finished this book! THE PLOT Before I Go To Sleep is about Christine Lucas. She wakes up every day thinking that she is a twenty-something-year-old woman. In fact, she is forty-seven. Christine suffers from amnesia. Her memory resets itself every time that she sleeps. The condition started after she survived an attack eighteen years prior. She does not recognize her husband, Ben. Luckily he is patient, and every...

This book will have a profound impact on anybody who reads it. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? According to Dale Carnegie, worrying is a habit. And like all habits, you can break this one too. In “How to stop worrying and start living”, you will find a set of practical tips on how to beat worrying for good. For instance, ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen? Then decide whether the worst-case scenario is truly that bad. Form a plan to beat the ...

It is impossible to read Bridget Jones’s Diary without laughing out loud. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Bridget Jones is a thirty-something-year-old single lady. She keeps a diary (Bridget Jones’s Diary) about her life. It starts out with her new year’s resolutions, which she tries, but fails, to keep. Every day’s entry starts with a tally of the previous day’s calories, drinks, and cigarettes. It’s a roller coaster, and one can’t help but relate to...

Deception Point
Fiction / July 17, 2017

When you mix science and politics, you get deception.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT Deception Point revolves around a claim made by NASA that they have found proof of extraterrestrial life. A meteorite that landed in the Milne Ice Shelf has been tested for organisms and proved their theory. But, since the presidential election is close by, the president can’t take the risk of being embarrassed by a hoax. And NASA also needs some credit, be...

The Mark
Fiction / July 9, 2017

This young adult dystopian novel is as unpredictable and surprising as it is great. WHAT’S IT ABOUT The Mark plays off in the year 264 PC. The world as we know it doesn’t exist anymore. All animals except for a few insects are extinct. Plants are now endangered. The sun scorches everything it touches. And a huge division exists between the rich and the poor. Ettie does her best to dodge her fate by becoming invisible to the system. M...

Zen and the art of housekeeping
Non-Fiction / July 9, 2017

I read this book instead of cleaning my house. It was a very zen experience, lol.   WHAT’S IT ABOUT While she was doing her dishes, Lauren Brownwell had a light bulb moment. She could hate doing the dishes. Or she could stop fighting it. She could rather focus on who she is doing the dishes for. Her kids, her husband. Also for herself. It is the small things that add to the richness and depth of life. So, she turned her po...

The Fault In Our Stars
Fiction / July 7, 2017

Prepare to cry. A lot. WHAT IT’S ABOUT The fault in our stars is about Hazel, a terminal cancer patient. She lives with the knowledge that she will die soon. A medical breakthrough gives her a few more years to live. Then she meets Augustus at a Cancer Kid Support Group. Will they be able to find love, even with the sword of cancer hanging over their heads? MEET THE CHARACTERS Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is sixteen years old. When she...

The Celestine Prophecy
Fiction / July 2, 2017

Go on a journey to explore ancient eastern traditions.   WHAT’S IT ABOUT: In The Celestine Prophecy, governments kill people to prevent them from becoming too spiritual. Though it’s not believable, I’m not complaining. It really kept the story moving forward. The narrator is a middle-aged guy who never gets named. He leaves his job, and then a series of coincidences happen to him. He finds out about nine insights found in ...

The Woman in Cabin 10
Fiction / June 15, 2017

Stuck at sea with a killer… this is a must-read thriller. WHAT IT’S ABOUT Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine. She gets a chance to prove her worth to her editor, by going on a weeklong luxury cruise. What can be better than someone treating you like royalty, and then writing about it, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out that way at all. Lo witnesses a crime one night when she sees somebody throwing a body overbo...

Geek Love
Fiction / June 6, 2017

Uncomfortably entertaining, weirdly fascinating.   WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Geek Love is packed with weird characters and unexpected plot lines. Al and Lil Binewski is struggling to save their family business. They have a traveling carnival. They come up with a plan to create little showstoppers of their own. Al exposes Lil with radiation, drugs and prescription pills while she’s pregnant. The children are all born with deformities. The...

Year of Yes
Non-Fiction / May 31, 2017

What happens when you say yes to everything that scares you for a whole year? WHAT IS IT ABOUT? I’m an introvert. So, I understand that life can be difficult for introverts. But Shonda Rhymes is an introvert that is also famous. One day, Shonda’s sister says something that changes her whole world. She tells her that she never says yes to anything. So, after much soul-searching, she decides to turn her life around. She did it by sayin...

The Lost Symbol
Fiction / May 28, 2017

The tension will have you sitting on the edge of your seat! WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Professor Robert Langdon gets invited to give a lecture at the United States Capitol. His friend and mentor, Peter Solomon has invited him. But, the lecture turns out to be a trap, and Langdon has to save Peter Solomon from Mal’akh, a madman. Mal’akh believes that he can achieve divinity, and he is using the Free Mason Brotherhood to reach his goal. He is ho...

The Winter People
Fiction / May 14, 2017

A beautiful literary thriller that you won’t be able to put down. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In 1908, Sara Harrison Shea dies in the field behind her house. Everybody assumes that her husband is the killer. Pages from her diary which she hid reveal that something far more sinister has been going on. A century later, nineteen-year-old Ruthie comes home after a night of partying. She discovers that her mother is missing. After Alice ...

Room
Fiction / May 10, 2017

This story will keep you awake at night long after you have finished it. THE STORY: This is a story about Jack, a five-year-old. He lives in a room with his Ma. But a lot of things seems to be off at first. Jack must sleep in a closet. He’s not allowed to come outside when Old Nick comes to visit. Jack’s mom tells him that the things they see on television are not real. Then everything makes sense in the saddest way. We l...

What I talk about when I talk about running
Non-Fiction / May 6, 2017

If you love running, writing, or Haruki Murakami, then this book is for you. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: This is the book that lies on my bedside table. I have read it many times. The book is full of highlights and side notes. Yes, I love What I talk about when I talk about running, a lot. Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer. I was excited when he wrote this memoir centered on the act of running. He wrote the book in the summer of 2005 ...

The girl in the ice
Fiction / April 28, 2017

A “whodunnit” that will keep you guessing to the end. THE STORY: Usually, I am great at figuring out who the murderer is, but “The girl in the ice” stumped me. Detective Erika Foster is investigating the murder of a young girl. The fact that the victim’s father is a rich man with a lot of influence, makes the investigation difficult. Erica’s bosses are more interested in avoiding bad publicity than...

If I Stay
Fiction / April 19, 2017

This book made me ugly-cry. THE STORY: Should I go, or should I stay? Seventeen-year-old Mia has asked herself this question many times. She could go to Julliard and follow a promising career in music. Or she could stay to live a happy life with her boyfriend. One fateful morning Mia’s whole life gets turned upside down. She finds herself in the hospital looking down on her body. Still, the question remains, should she stay and...

Forrest Gump
Fiction / April 13, 2017

Yes, it’s a book! THE STORY: O.K, so apparently I am the only human being on earth that hasn’t watched the movie yet. But I did read the book, and it was great. Forest has so many things happening to him. He becomes the University of Alabama’s football star. Unfortunately, he gets kicked out of University due to poor grades. He then gets called to fight in the Vietnam war, where he manages to become a hero. But when...

The Golem and the Djinni
Fiction / April 11, 2017

The most enchanting story I have ever read.   THE STORY: It is 1899. Otto Rotfeld is a failing Prussian Jewish businessman. Without money, looks or a great personality, he doesn’t have any luck with ladies either. He decides to try his luck by traveling the USA. But he doesn’t plan to travel alone. He visits an old, morally challenged Kabbalist and pays him his last money to build him a golem who will be his wife. That is how Ch...

The Girl on the Train
Fiction / April 2, 2017

As usual, the book is better than the movie. THE STORY: The girl on the train is about Rachel, a girl who is trying to hide the fact that she lost her job. So, every morning and night she takes the same commuter train, pretending to go to work. To help her take her mind off her own problems, she starts to make up stories about the people that she sees. She is especially intrigued by a couple that lives in a cozy suburban house next t...

The Book of Unholy Mischief
Fiction / March 26, 2017

Prepare to be taken back to the fifteenth century, Venice.   THE STORY: The book of unholy mischief is a story about Luciano, a street urchin, who gets a lucky break one day when Chef Ferrero, the Chef to the doge, takes him from the streets. He gives him a job in the kitchen as his apprentice. After several months of doing chores, he begins to learn the arts of cooking. Not long after Luciano starts his apprenticeship, word sta...