Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Knife of Never Letting Veganist

Worst portmanteau ever, I know, but my most recently read books are really only connected by the fact I downloaded them at the same time.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Todd lives in a world where everyone's thoughts are broadcast and there are no women left alive after the war. Todd narrates the book and, since he never properly learned how to read, makes this book appealing for struggling readers since many of the words are spelled phonetically. Additionally, this book features a strong female character, Viola, to keep things balanced. Also, Manchee. Oh gosh, Manchee. Great read.

Veganist by Kathy Freston: To be perfectly blunt, I'm tired of veganism being touted as a magic pill for weight loss. Veganism has tons of great health benefits but also allows a steady diet of Go Max Go bars and Swedish Fish. However, I did really enjoy Freston's chapter on how abstaining from animal products is present in many religions, a point of view I had never experienced before. I also enjoyed and was made profoundly paranoid by the chapter on food born illnesses and epidemics.

Up next: Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart