Books for Breakfast #22

Book Reviews

This breakfast is accidentally 3 course! Let’s see what we had to snack on:
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too by Michael Showalter
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

First, I want to preface this by saying that Mitch Albom writes a lot about death, faith, heaven, human nature, forgiveness, and other such themes. To go along with that, I want to say that I’m not a very religious person but I find books like this to be interesting. I’ve read all of Albom’s other books and I’ve always liked his style of writing. 

Anyways, this book is about what you’d think it’s about: phone calls from heaven. The topic itself was interesting along with scattered sections talking a little about the history of the telephone, which was a nice touch. It had a major plot twist that I wasn’t exactly expecting, which turned into another plot twist! I really love Mitch Albom’s books, though this one didn’t make me cry. 
It’s a lovely story full of hope and faith with some forgiveness and plot twists thrown in for good measure. The characters feel real and it showcases human nature when it comes to things like religion and belief in the afterlife. A great read, I think I’m going to lend it to my mom, she likes his books. 

I got this book for my boyfriend back in October when I was in NYC, because we really want to get a cat. I happened to forget a book to bring to class, so he told me to take this book and read it, since I only flipped through it before buying it. Oh gosh. This is hilarious! I’m not kidding! Though I don’t know if it’s worth the list price, surely it’s worth whatever it is on amazon! It also makes a great gift, or a subtle jab at your significant other who maybe isn’t as keen on cats as you are, because let’s face it, sadly not every man is a cat lady guy. You know? 
Anyways, more about this book: it’s full of funny stuff, little quizzes, puzzles, fun cat facts, fun (fake) cat facts, hilarious illustrations, and an a-meow-ing certificate at the end to complete the at lady guy training! I’m a great girlfriend for getting him this right? You bet I am! (That’s not conceited right?) 
So with that out of the way, time to get back to the scheduled books for breakfast readings! Carry on! 

I have been meaning to read this book for AGES! No joke! John Green is hilarious (from gifs I’ve seen) and now that this book is making its way to the big screen, I figured that I should read it before it gets there. (Not like what I did with Perks of Being a Wallflower or The Virgin Suicides) I’ve been warned via Twitter by some friends that this book will leave me sobbing on the floor, so that’s a bit concerning…but I shall carry on!
This is a horrifically fantastic love story that is so heart breaking it makes you want to curl up into a ball and cry. This is Romeo and Juliet, aka the star crossed lovers, to the most soul crushing extreme modern day scenario. John Green is a phenomenal writer though, his style just sucks you in and you can’t stop reading even though you are crying bitter tears through the ending half of the book. I can almost already hear everyone sobbing in the movie theater if they follow the storyline to a tee. This tragic love story will pull your heart strings out and make you look differently at true love and disease. 
Next on the reading list is: A Feast for Crows & Police

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I really want to read The First Phone Call from Heaven! I'm not a very religious person either, but I've always liked his novels! I think I would like The Fault in Our Stars, but I'm scared to read it because I know I would probably cry like a baby! I like reading stories that make me feel good reading them, not ones that make me sad about life, but one day I'll pick this up!
    ~Sara

  • Omg that cat lady book. I want to read it!!!! It would also make an awesome gift, I think.

  • I think it made for an awesome gift! My boyfriend enjoyed it!

  • Mitch Albom is really an amazing writer, I really liked the story! I almost cried a bunch of times, but never actually ended up crying for real. (Which is funny since I cried like a baby reading Dewey's Nine Lives about cats haha) I'm curious to see it in movie form though, I think the trailer comes out tomorrow!