2014 in Books: May

If all has gone well, I am currently in Rome. With all the talk about juice cleansing last week, I realized I forgot to post the books I read in May.

1. How to Be Vegan: I was a fan of Elizabeth Castoria from her days as a writer for VegNews. I was excited when I heard she was coming out with a book to help people transition to veganism.

This book is easy to read and breaks down the transition to veganism in accessible and simple terms. Castoria’s writing style is fun, witty and makes you feel like you are hearing from a friend. I really enjoyed the section on what is available for vegans at international stores.

I will definitely be loaning this book out many times to anyone who is interested in veganism and needs a non-confrontational, accessible approach to making simple changes.

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I was fortunate enough to meet Castoria (and fellow former VegNews writer Jennifer Chen) at LA Vegan Beer Fest. They were both incredibly nice, down to earth and all around, good people.

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2. Charmed Thirds-I went back to re-reading the Jessica Darling series, because this was something that was long overdue.

The third book in the installment is my favorite. It chronicles Jessica’s undergrad years at Columbia University. McCafferty does an amazing job of capturing those turbulent years of early adulthood. They are times of painful lessons and cringeworthy mistakes. I definitely remember being so similar to Jessica and making decisions that I would feel like a complete moron about later on, but needing to make those choices to learn the hard way.

Jessica is such a relatable character. She is flawed, but so hard not to love.

3. Fourth Comings-When I first read the series, this was my least favorite book, but I found a new appreciation for it the second time around. The book takes place over a short period of time, but really examines the relationship that Jessica has had with her long-time/sometimes boyfriend, Marcus.

McCafferty gives a brilliant examination of their relationship and her realistic analysis of the ups and downs and outgrowing of relationships was incredibly relatable, without overly romanticizing.

4. Perfect Fifths-The last book wraps the series up nicely, without selling out to cliches. There are so many details in this book that readers of the entire series will love.

What did you read in May?

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5 thoughts on “2014 in Books: May

  1. I’ve heard great things about How to Be Vegan. I’ll have to add it to my list! I’m currently reading Salt, Sugar, Fat.

  2. I read The End Of Dieting by Dr. Fuhrman, which fueled my passion for getting G-BOMBS everyday and sharing that with everyone who will listen (pics and explanations on my blog (http://runwright.net) and on Instagram (karen_runwright). I also read Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath which has some incredible insights on changing our perspectives so we reshape our weaknesses into strengths.

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