This pretty much sums up how I spent my birthday on Saturday….
Two great books, and talk about polar opposites!
It’s hard to believe Christmas is only a week away. I need to get my behind in gear and start my holiday baking, I always think I’ll get a head start but always seem to wind up doing it all in a rush a couple of days before Christmas! 😀
The Week in Books—
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey — 4.5 out of 5 stars!
A story where fairy tales meet the real world, set in the wilderness of 1920’s Alaska. A mix of love and loss, joy and sorrow, written in simple and beautiful prose that had me staying up until 2 a.m. to finish it. A great story for the holiday season, highly recommend.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson — 4 out of 5 stars!
Blogger Jenny Lawson takes us on a journey not soon to be forgotten. From her truly strange childhood to her marriage to a very patient man, Lawson shares some laugh-out-loud stories, as well as some more serious content involving miscarriages and mental illness. My biggest complaint: Lawson incorporating “vagina” into seemingly every conversation and scenario got a bit tedious after the third or fourth time. Otherwise, a very entertaining read.
Death by Rum Balls by Colleen Mooney — 3 out of 5 stars
A fun cozy mystery with a Christmas twist. The characters and plot lines may seem like other cozies out there, but I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the funny “handyman,” Frank. I’ll definitely be reading more of this series.
Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes by Emily Franklin — 3 out of 5 stars
A wealthy suburban housewife/supermom shares her culinary adventures with her precociously perfect young children, all while documenting every time she breast-feeds her infant. Every. Fucking. Time. Three stars because some of the recipes sound pretty good.
Squat by Taylor Field — 1 1/2 stars out of 5
The Holiday spirit overtook my inner bitchiness and I rounded up to 2 stars on Goodreads. I don’t know if it was terrible editing or what, but at times the story rambled and would switch from one time frame then back for no discernible reason. And one word: pronouns. Don’t be afraid to use them!! Overall, a potentially decent story turned hot mess.
Be sure to watch for some upcoming posts, including my 20 books I want to read in 2020 as well as my annual The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre for 2019! Until next time, Happy Reading!