I’m late to the game on this one. Girl at War by Sara Nović came out in 2015 and I’m just now raving about it.
Let me just say, Sara Nović can write! This book was tragically sad but phenomenally written. It is fiction, but reads like a memoir.
I will admit, reading 50 books in a year was no easy feat. I just squeaked by, finishing book number 50 on New Year’s Eve. It was a close call, but you know when I set a goal I can’t fail (thanks to that competitive spirit I inherited from my father).
Yes, we’re still sunbathing in Miami :) You gotta love Florida winters.
All three of my recent reads I selected were because I’d heard good reviews. Sometimes good reviews can lead you to amazing stories, but other times their gushing words set expectations a bit too high.
That’s what happened with these three books.
I will say, I’m not the best gift giver. It’s not that I don’t try, but when it comes time to actually find items my mind goes blank. What does so-and-so really want? What to they like?
I frequently turn to practical items or consumables (bottles of wine and restaurant gift cards for all)!
This year I decided to go a different route. Reading is great for the mind (and one of my favorite activities), so why not give the gift of a book this year? I know not everyone is into reading, but if you think about non-book things that people on your Christmas list like, such as their favorite tv show, you’ll be able to pick out the perfect book to wrap for under the tree!
It’s no secret that I love theSkimm. I will admit that it’s no fun when I see the name of the company I work for in it about once a week, but none the less it’s the best way to stay on top of the news every day (and get new book recommendations).
Their latest recommendation, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, instantly went to the top of my TBR list. Not just because it was recommended by theSkimm, but also because it was written by Krysten Ritter from Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (binged that show so hard!).
The very standard storyline of “a girl who left town and then had to come back home on assignment” has been done over and over again, but I decided to look past that and picked it up.
I would say this book was a cross between Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (you know I had strongggg feelings about that one) and The Fever by Megan Abbott (which I gave 2 our of 5 stars). It was a book I could have done without picking up.
For some reason I’ve been coming across a lot of duds lately. I have seven more books to read by the end of the year to hit my GoodReads goal and I just can’t seem to pick up a winner.
I hate talking bad about books because I know to someone (especially the author) they mean something, but I figured I would share three cautionary tales about my latest reads just incase you’re trying to pick between one of these.
Where did the year go? I cannot believe Thanksgiving is around the corner!
The bad news: Time is flying by way too quickly these days…
The good news: Loads of time off to do all the reading I want!
I’m still 3 books behind schedule to finish 50 books in 2017 so I have a serious task ahead of me. I’m fairly competitive so I’m going to meet this goal one way or another.
Every Monday night, eight shy but eager “students” join in the kitchen of Lillian’s restaurant to learn the essentials. Some have come with spouses, some have come by way of unexpected gift certificates, and others have come in hopes of finding themselves.
What I thought would be a poor attempt at intertwining recipes into a novel was actually a romantic unfolding of love stories told through tastes and smells. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister was one of the most emotionally uplifting, tug-at-your-heart-strings book I’ve read this year.
This book has everything I love in a novel; wartime history, sincere love, English style writing, and strong female characters.
Not to mention, a beautiful book cover. When The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson arrived in my Hello Book Lover box a few months ago I instantly fell in love with the cover, I just couldn’t help it. It made me want to curl up on a blanket outside in the park with a cup of tea and read for hours.