8 Jul

JP’s Picks!

Food Rules by Michael Pol­lan  & Eat­ing on the Wild Side by Jo Robin­son

The­se books will change the way you look at food, gro­cery shop­ping, and pro­duce FOREVER, in the best way. Food Rules gives you the rea­sons behind just exact­ly how our food is mak­ing us sick and fat, and then tells you how to change your shop­ping and eat­ing habits to cut out preser­v­a­tives, chem­i­cals, and arti­fi­cial fla­vors in your foods. If you’ve heard of clean eat­ing, this is the bible. Eat­ing on the Wild Side gives you the best advice on how to shop for pro­duce. What vari­ety of every veg­etable is nutri­tion­al­ly best for you, how to tell if your car­rots are fresh when you buy them, how to tell if that bag of grapes is a mil­lion years old or only a few weeks old, and so much more.

The Delir­i­um Series by Lau­ren Oliv­er


You know how you pick up a book and start read­ing it in the store to see if you want to buy it and before you know it you’ve read 20 pages? This hap­pened to me with the first book in this tril­o­gy. I had to get it. I was imme­di­ate­ly pulled in by the world Oliv­er has cre­at­ed. A world where there is no love, because it is the most dan­ger­ous dis­or­der on earth, cured only by a pro­ce­dure in the brain. You’ll feel all the feels as you fol­low Lena from ‘Ima-Get-My-Brain-Washed’ to ‘Now-Wait-Just-A-Damn-Min­ute’. The sec­ond and third books in this un-put-down-able series are Pan­de­mo­ni­um and Requiem.

The Cir­cle by Dave Eggers


Have you ever won­dered what the world might look like if tech­nol­o­gy and social media start­ed to infil­trate every aspect of our lives? I hadn’t real­ly thought about it. Not until The Cir­cle. As you watch Mae’s life go from bor­ing cubi­cle job in the sub­urbs, to un-eraseable sex tape and CONSTANT shar­ing online in LA, you’ll find your­self won­der­ing where the Inter­net will take us. In the words of The Cir­cle, “Secrets are lies. Shar­ing is car­ing. Pri­va­cy is theft.” If that doesn’t sound like the most thought-pro­vok­ing set of sen­tences, I don’t know what does. Pick up this book for an inter­est­ing look into a poten­tial future of social media and an inter­est­ing sto­ry­line to boot.

Where’d You Go, Bernadet­te? by Maria Sem­ple


This is the chrono­log­i­cal recount­ing of how Bernadet­te Fox went miss­ing, and how she was found. Sev­er­al sto­ry lines start sep­a­rate­ly and end twist­ed togeth­er, and almost all of the sto­ry is told through a paper trail of let­ters, e-mails, con­fi­den­tial FBI files, psy­chol­o­gists notes, hand­writ­ten notes, fax­es, and IM chats com­piled by Bernadette’s daugh­ter Bee, after Bernadet­te mys­te­ri­ous­ly goes miss­ing. Much of the book hinges on a promised trip to Antarc­ti­ca which gets Bernadet­te into all sorts of trou­ble before she dis­ap­pears. Her vir­tu­al assis­tant in India who is actu­al­ly the Rus­sian mob does not help appear­ances. This social satire had me turn­ing the pages eager­ly to find out where the eff Bernadet­te went and how she did it.

Red­wall by Bri­an Jacques


This was one of my most favorite books when I was 10. It’s a clas­sic tale of good ver­sus evil as the peace-lov­ing mice of Red­wall take on the eeeeevil Cluny the Scourge. This book writ­ten for chil­dren but enjoy­able for any­one will have you root­ing for the under­dog, and pin­ing for Cluny’s demise.

Gone Girl by Gillian Fly­nn

Gone Girl

I’ve NEVER been so men­tal­ly effed up by a book. I thought about this book for WEEKS after I was fin­ished with it. It gets into your brain and you just can’t get it out. It’s the per­fect amount of sick, twist­ed, and yet… total­ly under­stand­able. The lev­els of cray cray in this book are unpar­al­leled, and it will make you want to take a show­er and then read it all over again.

So, what do you think?