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December Reads

December Reads

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal I read The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in June, and then immediately put in a hold request for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It took this long to come in. It’s been a popular book […]

November Reads

November Reads

I Might Regret this by Abbi Jacobson 3.5 Stars I’ve been wanting to read Abbi Jacobson’s ‘memoir’ since it came out. I watched the first few seasons of Broad City (I loved it! I just haven’t gotten around to finishing it). It’s not quite a […]

October Reads

October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

4/5 Stars

In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides not to, much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend and famous mother. Hijinks ensue, love is fallen into, etc.

This is a classic Meg Cabot romcom, and I really enjoyed it. It’s fun and mostly light. Nothing in it is particularly ground-breaking, but I’m fine with that.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

3.5/5 Stars

Investigative journalist John Carreyrou’s first novel follows the rise, scandal, and fall of tech wunderkind Theranos. John was one of the first people to break the story on Elizabeth Holmes’ company in 2015.

Elizabeth, a Stanford dropout had big dreams that would revolutionize the health industry as we know it. She had a lot of people in her corner and a number of big name investors who believed in her. The big problem? The technology didn’t work, and probably couldn’t work.

She was hellbent on her technology only using a couple drops of blood from a finger prick due to her fear of needles. After years and years of trials and errors, the technology wasn’t working. But investors and partners didn’t need to know that.

Theranos was an incredibly toxic work environment that featured weekly, if not daily firings and expectations to work long hours to prove commitment to the idea. Disgruntled former employees started reaching out to the FDA, government agencies, and others to try and blow the secrets of Theranos into the open.

John Carreyrou was contacted by a blogger who was in contact with one of these former employees to investigate.

This is an interesting book about one of the scams of the century. I just didn’t find most of it that compelling, and I thought I would. There was just a lot of technical language, which I understand is important, it was just hard to follow. I found myself re-reading blocks of text over and over again.

I’m glad I read this, I just don’t think I will ever pick it up again.

September Reads

September Reads

September was a really crazy month. My work schedule was packed, and that mixed with other events, commitments, etc made it tough to do much reading. Also, most of my holds are still like, 6 months away from getting to me. Sometimes I feel like […]

August Reads

August Reads

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli 2/5 Stars I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed. The story follows Raina, […]

July Reads

July Reads

Maybe This Time by Jane Mansell

This had the makings of a perfect book for me:

  • set in the UK
  • romcom/chick lit
  • endorsed by one of my new favourite writers, Katie Fforde

Mimi goes to visit her dad and his partner in the Cotswolds, where she helps them become part of the tight community of Goosebrook. She also happens to meet a guy named Cal who seems perfect, but he’s married. To a really great woman. Time passes, and there are some big life changes for a lot of people in the story, and Mimi comes back to the community.

There is a bit of a twist early on in the book that I really wasn’t expecting, which made it an interesting read. Other aspects of the book weren’t as surprising, but that’s okay. I knew what I was getting with this book. I think some parts of it went on a little too long. Overall I enjoyed this book, but I wasn’t in love with it.

Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde

Zoe nabbed a spot in a popular televised cooking competition for amateur cooks. She is excited, but nervous. She has always been a little reserved. After a surprise encounter with one of the judges, and a contentious relationship with a fellow contestant/competition roommate, Zoe finds that this competition has more challenges than she anticipated.

Obviously I am going to love a book about a cooking competition. I love food and I love reality television. And it’s a romcom? Yes of course this is made for me. And I really enjoyed reading this. Again, predictable ending, but whatever I don’t really care. I liked this book a lot!

June Reads

June Reads

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardtark I’ve been a big fan of the My Favorite Murder Podcast from pretty early on in their run. When they announced that they were writing a book, I was ecstatic. Georgia and Karen […]

May Reads

May Reads

I didn’t get to reading many books this month. I’ve been trying to keep up with my goal of reading two books a month, but in May I missed the mark. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave I am absolutely a sucker for literally judging […]

April Reads

April Reads

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

I was wandering around a bookstore recently and came across Buttermilk Graffiti, a book about Top Chef Texas Alumni Ed Lee’s journey through the impact that immigrants have had on the food culture of the USA. He explores pockets of the country where there are large immigrant communities, why they went there and how they have impacted the area.

I loved this book. It was an incredibly interesting way to present the stories of immigrants through the states. I learned quite a bit about food and culture and why the two are so intertwined. If books about food are any interest to you, this is a must-read.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I don’t really know what came over me when I placed a hold on this book. I didn’t really know who Rachel Hollis was. I didn’t read her blog. It didn’t really occur to me that this was a second book, and I didn’t read ‘Girl, Wash Your Face‘. I don’t really gravitate towards ‘self-help’ books.

Is this the best book I’ve ever read? No, of course not. Did I enjoy it? Yes! Did it leave me completely inspired and ready to change my life? Not particularly. The book features some good messaging. Work hard and make plans. Believe in yourself. Etc. It’s messaging we all need to hear sometimes. I made quick work of this book, finishing it in under 24 hours, but I feel like it could have been a lot shorter. It got pretty repetitive after while, and I found the constant ‘Girl’ and ‘Sister’ when referring to the reader forced. Overall I liked it and would recommend it if it’s your jam. I just don’t feel like a whole new woman after reading it and that’s perfectly fine.

Things I Didn’t Finish Reading

What She Ate: 6 Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Story by Laura Shapiro

I was enjoying this book, but it was not one I was able to quickly devour. That’s fine, not every book is supposed to be. This is heady, filled with historical details about 6 women who played an important role in history. The reason I didn’t finish this book is that it fell victim to a holdpocolypse. The other books (the two listed above!) were just ones I was more interested in reading and it had to be returned. I’m in another hold lull, so I will probably go back to it.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

While I was holed up after some light knee surgery, my boyfriend and I watched a special about the Salem Witch Trials. In the show, they talked about how The Crucible was based on that. I thought I would place a hold on the book/play. I tried reading it, I was into the prologue but once I got to the meat of the play I lost interest and returned it.

February Reads

February Reads

Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi – Lately I’ve been on the hunt for books about food that aren’t necessarily cookbooks. I figured why not read the memoir from the host of one of my favourite shows, Top Chef. Padma is one […]