It’s one of our favorite times of the week: the book roundup. With so many books being released we know how difficult it can be to wade through them and find exactly what you are looking for. Our top three picks for this week focus on a fictional account of what makes a person ‘good,’ a young adult fantasy from best-selling author Cassandra Clare and a non-fiction book about how to balance yourself especially when feeling on the ‘hangry’ side of things.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the acclaimed author of Eat, Pray, Love comes Elizabeth Gilbert’s first fictional novel in years. It focuses on the character of Vivian Morris in the 1940s through to the present day. She begins to reminisce about her life in Manhattan after flunking out of college and how a scandal at the theatre she worked at has shaped her for the rest of her life. The characters she meets along the way ultimately define for her what it is to be a good person while not doing good things. If you are a fan of Gilbert’s writing style you will greatly enjoy this playful yet enlightening romp.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare has been penning novels about her Shadowhunters world for years and this is her latest in the series. But it is more a collection of short stories than a companion novel. It focuses on Jem Carstairs who is now a Silent Brother and finds himself traveling throughout the shadow world in search of rare objects. If you just want a series of short stories that feature your favorite characters from the Shadowhunter world expect to see Jace Wayland, Tessa Gray, and Valentine Morgenstern show up in them and gain some added insight into events that have shaped this fictional world.
Hangry: 5 Simple Steps To Balance Your Hormones And Restore Your Joy by Sarah Fragoso & Brooke Kalanick
Have you been feeling like your body is a bit out of whack? It could be that you have some hormonal imbalances that can easily be addressed with a set “five simple habits” outlined in this book. The idea is that these practices will help you to be more mindful of what your body needs via food, exercise, and nutrition. The program that they discuss looks at what you can do within your life to realign your hormones which can mean a diet switch towards a paleo or mediterranean one. As you read through this guide you will be able to gauge what will work for your body and test out of some of the practices. You should begin to boost your metabolism and move your tired mind towards a positive one. Reading never hurt anyone!