…You Realize You Only Have One. Translated from the french, Your Second Life is a best-seller in France. Camille is in her late 30’s living in Paris with her husband and son. She has it all, but she isn’t really happy or feeling like she is living life to the fullest. A minor car accident introduces Camille to a man who claims to be a ‘routine-ologist.’ He helps people break out of their routines to achieve their goals and stop “just getting by.” Camille is skeptical, but decides to take him up on the therapy. And so begins her journey into changing her dull routines and patterns that aren’t working. Although somewhat predictable, the message rings clear that we all should stop treating life as just a dress rehearsal.
Margaret Jacobsen has everything going for her, the promise of a new job, her looks, and her new engagement to the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, her fiance is flying a small Cessna when he proposes, (she is petrified of flying, but he talks her into it) and sudden high winds cause him to crash land. He walks away unscathed, but Margaret is not so lucky. Katherine Center explores the idea of “the perfect man” in this romance where the protagonist is forced to re-examine her idea of a partner “to have and to hold”. It is a feel good story, and one comes to appreciate the twists that life takes while you are making other plans…
John Green’s newest book (which actually came out almost a year ago) Turtles All The Way Down is certainly a slight departure from his other novels. People seem to either love it or hate it – I am somewhere in the middle.
It is about sixteen-year-old Aza who never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
And trust me- they spiral. If you are squeamish in any way this book might disturb you. Aza’s mental obsessions are a little bit gross. But aside from that- once you get past those parts- John Green does his usual great job of developing complex characters that you will love. Give it a read!
What would happen if your DNA could be perfectly matched to find your true soulmate? In this novel by John Marrs, a scientist has discovered how to do so, a process neatly wrapped up in the app Match Your DNA. For only 9.99 pounds, anyone can find out the details behind the name that is matched with his/hers. And millions are doing so, leaving current spouses to find their perfect soulmate. Marrs writes a clever tale, following the lives of several who have taken the online plunge. At the same time, there is a serial killer loose in London, eluding apprehension by the police, who have no suspects. The One is a real page turner, complete with a thrilling twist at its conclusion.
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