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 […]
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.
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
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.
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.
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde – I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when I saw this one, I knew it was going to be up my alley. My favourite genre of book is British Chick Lit Rom Com, and this fits perfectly in this category. It follows Fran, that just received a letter that she may inherit a farm in the English countryside if she proves she can take care of it. Another distant relative that also got a similar letter arrives to inherit the farm, and wants to sell it. ~drama ensues~. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with interesting characters. I would absolutely recommend this book if this is the type of book you’re into.
French Exit by Patrick deWitt – After a life of being an heiress/socialite, Francis Price has run out of money decades after her husband’s death and decides to hightail it out of New York City to Paris with her adult son Malcolm and their cat Small Frank (who houses the soul of her dead husband in toe. When I picked this one up, I expected it to be cleverly written with dark humour. In reality, I found the writing to be overwrought and frustrating. In the end I was left, unsatisfied but not really wanting more of the story. It felt like a less interesting Arrested Development. I can absolutely see how many people would really love this book, but I am not one of them.
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – I hadn’t read this book in FOREVER, probably a solid 10-12 years. I re-read it for a ~special project~ I have coming up soon. I really didn’t think I would like it.Which is wild, because I am a hardcore Sophie Kinsella stan. I’ve read most of the books in the series, but had never really gone back to them. I remember the main character, Becky Bloomwood, getting herself into a lot of problems by overshopping. And I thought that it would make me overly anxious to read and that I would just be annoyed by her character the entire time. That was not the case, I really enjoyed reading this. I finished the 300 page book in a matter of hours. I was honestly shocked at what a fun read it was. I forgot pretty much the entire storyline of this first book. This kind of book is right up my alley and I think I will have to go back and re-read the series.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – I was perusing through my local library, as one does and I came across Finding Audrey, which was a Sophie Kinsella novel I had never heard of. Sophie Kinsella is my favourite author so I was surprised. We meet Audrey, a 14-year-old girl who has been home for quite a while after suffering a depressive episode. We learn that she struggles with anxiety disorders and depression. The book explores her recovery while she gets to know her brother’s friend Linus. This was a fairly quick read. After doing a little research on the book, I realize that my library made a mistake in placing this book in the adult section, as it is a YA novel. I would say that I LIKED it but didn’t love it. I think Sophie does a good job at portraying a character with mental illness. But there’s something about the book that didn’t totally hook me in. Some of the other characters felt a little one-dimensional maybe, and some of the plot lines moved a little too quickly. I’d recommend this for younger readers, but probably not to other adults.
What have you been reading this past month?