What do all of these things have in common? They are all books I’ve read lately!
Yes, I know, it’s kind of a little bit of a mash-up of topics and things to read about, but let me explain!!
I went to the library looking for 2 books and walked out with four. Yeah, that’s my explanation. It’s that simple. Below find out what the books were and how I liked them. I’ll try not to give spoilers.
Going to the library I had one thing in mind: I wanted a Ted DeKker book. I used to read his stuff all the time, careful to stay away from his darker writings. This book did not disappoint. AD 33 is about a Bedouin Queen. Her son was taken from her tribe along with some other children and she needs to rescue him. This is also set in the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. Like the exact same time. She meets him in the book and learns from him. When DeKker is writing a Christian novel, he really writes it well. This book was auh-mazing! And I read it over 2 days. I couldn’t put it down. There was a part close to the end which involves the death of a child which ripped my heart out, but even with that gruesome part, it was such a great book. I would definitely read this one again. Sometimes, when I’m super into a book, I will skim through paragraphs to get to details faster and I miss some stuff. It helps to have a second read. 5/5!
This was the second book that I went looking for. Gladwell takes a look at certain successful groups of people and breaks down just how they reached their success. The first chapter opens with a Memorial Cup win in 2007 which instantly caught my attention because the Memorial Cup is like the Stanley Cup just one level down – teams from the OHL can win it.
What surprised me about this book was not that it was really interesting – it was! Don’t get me wrong. This was another book I couldn’t put down! But it was how every single chapter somehow touched on different aspects of my life. My favourite OHL team won the Memorial Cup in 2003 when I was in high school, it mentions my hometown in a different chapter, countries I’ve lived in, occupations I once sought after, hobbies that my dad has. It was honestly really freaky. Now, I wouldn’t read this book again, once I think is enough. But I still give it a 5/5.
I wasn’t expecting to walk out with two Ted DeKker books, but sometimes that’s just what happens. The Sanctuary is not one of DeKker’s Christian novels. It’s a thriller. I’m ok with his darker writings but just in small doses. It took me about a week to read this book because I didn’t want to invest so much time into it that it would affect my dreams. Which it did anyways but whatever.
So this book is about a man who used to be a priest, but also a contract killer, and the woman he falls in love with. He’s in jail and is moved to “the sanctuary”, a new experimental prison system, and she receives phone calls and packages which threaten his life. This book is dark and twisted and a little bit unnerving. I literally had to put it down a few times because the description of what was happening to the man was making me sick to my stomach. But we do need to remember that I’m a marshmallow and I live in a sunshine and lollipops world most of the time.
Definitely would not read it again just for the graphic nature of it, which also means that it gets a 4/5. If any book is so descriptive that I have to stop reading for fear of throwing up, it both gains and loses my respect all at the same moment. However, while reading this book I personally found no less than 5 spelling/grammatical mistakes so I’m dropping the rating to 3/5. If you’re going to name your prison Basal, don’t spell it Basil halfway through the book. Maybe you need to have a chat with your editor?
Where do I begin with The Prince? This book was on the shelf right next to Outliers which is why I picked it up. I was supposed to read it in university, but I faked my way through talking about it in class. I tried. I really really tried!! Both back then and now. I used to own a copy but I think I donated it. Like sure it’s better as a Prince to have the people fear you not love you but just make sure you’re not hated, but gah it’s just soooo boring! World domination aspirations aside, I just can’t get into this book. Can I rank a book that I’ve tried to read at least 3 times and never made it past the first chapter? Is there even a ranking for that? 0.5/5 maybe? I definitely think I will be giving up on it and never even attempting to try to read it again. Sorry Machiavelli, but maybe next time just buy the Prince a horse and save us all the nap?