The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
If you come to a point in your life when you’re grumpy all the time and don’t know why, this is the book for you. Gretchen Rubin, a writer, former clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, one day realizes she isn’t as happy as she could be. Then she takes a very scientific approach to the subject and makes a systematic review reading all there is to know about happiness. Then she breaks what she learned into little sentences, rules and guidelines for the rest of us. Amazing stuff. And she does this without being boring at all! On the contrary, this book is so much fun that I couldn’t put it down.
While “The Mists of Avalon” was the most important book in my teenage years, I dare say The Happiness Project is becoming the most important book in my young adulthood. I defy anyone to read it and not change anything at all in their lives.
There’s a blog too. Check it out at www.happiness-project.com
Blood of The Fold, by Terry Goodkind
I think this is the less violent and anxiogenic book so far. As the story goes on, we finally watch our heroes accomplish something in order to achieve their goals. The enemies don’t seem as powerful as the allies, and the situation isn’t so desperate anymore.
Instead of wasting time on describing all the action that leads to a certain end, this time Terry Goodkind jumps to the end itself, leaving us with a feeling that something is missing but that we actually don’t care about it.
Sometimes the dialogues seem misplaced though, as the characters have deep philosophical conversations at innapropriate times. But I guess Terry Goodkind often aims to discuss morality and even politics, exposing his points of view through the «mouths» of his characters. For instance, in this book he exposes «Richard’s» point of view on homosexuality.
Wizard’s Third Rule: «Passion rules reason, for better or for worse.»
Letting your emotions control your reason may cause trouble for yourself and those around you.
Flame of Sevenwaters, by Juliet Marillier
With the exception of the initial trilogy, this is the best book in the Sevewaters series. I don’t know how or why, but the story of Maeve and her little brother Finbar (the baby who was kidnapped by MacDara in Heir to Sevenwaters) feels more real than the ones before. To me, the previous two books were more of an introduction to this Sevenwaters generation, and now I can fully understand the bonds between the family members. Everything comes together and the stories of Sorcha, Liadan and Niamh are recalled time and again. Ciarán, still alive due to his mix of fairy blood, plays an important part in this book and is slowly becoming my favourite character. He is like a strong oak, surviving through storms and time, giving shade and protection to the Sevenwaters children, though he never really was one of them.
«A child does not like to see his world change.»
The final Sookie Stackhouse novel… It’s such a pain in my chest!