12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson
Over the last several weeks, I have been enthralled in this book. As I write this I am not quite done reading it, but I can already tell you that it is well worth your time. Peterson eloquently lays out a simple road map for self improvement in the 21st century. In this book, he touches on a wide range of topics from how to conduct yourself in daily life, to child rearing. If you are not an intellectual, I would recommend having a thesaurus handy as Peterson demonstrates his mastery of the English language in an approachable way. My work schedule and home life have kept me from reading this book straight through, otherwise I would have read it in one or two sittings. Be sure you put this one on your “must buy” list if you don’t already own it, or pick it up here today.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Unless you have been living under a rock, and I cast no judgement if that is the case, you have almost undoubtedly seen if not heard of the cinematic adaptation of this book staring Jennifer Lawrence. While much can be said about the movie, or more accurately the collection of movies (four total), this is a review of the book. Collins has a firm understanding of her target audience, and develops the story to cater to them without alienating readers of any generation. Throughout the book, she uses personal narration to thoughtfully craft a compelling story that pulls the reader in to the personal life and struggles of the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Personally, I saw the movie before reading the book (not recommended as a general rule but the movie spurred my interest in the book so I’ll take it). While Lawrence did a fine job in the movie series, Collins takes the cake as she dives into the mind of Katniss to give the reader a deeper understanding of the reasons behind her decision making. This book is a light enough read without seeming elementary, and I highly recommend it as such. In the off chance that someone reading this has not seen or read this story, I won’t ruin it for you. As of yet, I have not started the second book, but it is 100% on my list of must reads. If you are interested, you can pick up a copy here.