Recent Reads: January

rr_jan16_gosetGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I had such high hopes for this book since To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites. Reading reviews for the book I knew that it wouldn’t live up to Harper Lee’s original, but I still was hoping that despite the change in Atticus Finch it would still be good, but unfortunately it was not. It is a very forgettable book in my opinion. The parts that I did like was finding out about Jean Louise aka Scout’s life after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, but aside from that it is the sequel that never should have been.

rr_jan16_findingFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella’s books tend to be cute, funny and quick reads and Finding Audrey falls into that category. This book tackles mental illness, Audrey suffers from anxiety disorder after suffering from bullying in school, she doesn’t leave her house except to go to doctors and wears dark sunglasses even indoors. She communicates only with her family until her brother’s friend Linus finds a way to communicate with her. I love all of Kinsella’s books, but I thought this was one of the best.

rr_jan16_daysDays of Awe by Lauren Fox
Days of Awe is a sad book, it deals with grief and loss and at times it make it a little hard to read. Isabel Moore is dealing with the loss of her best friend Josie and her marriage falling apart. Through flashbacks we learn about her life, how she met her husband, her best friend, her life with her mother and what drove her and Josie’s husband to stop being friends. Towards the end the book did pick up and when it was over, even though I was pleased with the conclusion, it left me wanting more.

9780525429142_Kitchensofth_JKF.inddKitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
There aren’t enough words to say how much I loved this book! I was so upset when it was over because I wanted to read another 300 pages of it. Kitchens of the Great Midwest tells the story of Eva Thorvald and her journey to become a chef. Each chapter is told from a different person’s perspective, but each one touches into Eva’s life at some point. The  chapters are named after a food or dish and there are recipes scattered throughout the book as well. I loved the way you learned about Eva and where her life was in each chapter, even when she wasn’t the main focus. I don’t want to say too much about this book without spoiling it, but it is an incredible read and I cannot recommend this book enough.

For more books that I have read and my thoughts on them check out my Goodreads.

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