Oh, look at me. Reading three books last month. That’s right. I read three books, which is one more than the previous month. I. Am. On. Fire. Not literally, of course. I paid attention in elementary school and know to stop, drop and roll versus blog while burning. Sadly, I think some would continue blogging until burnt to a crisp.
I had honestly hoped to read at least one more book last month but it didn’t happen. And that’s okay. Maybe I’ll read four this month. Maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll grow two inches. Maybe I won’t. One of these things will likely happen. 😀
The Books I Liked
I am feeling a little anxious that I haven’t had a love book yet this year. The flip side is that I also haven’t had a DNF either.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha ChristieBook Description: When the owner of Styles Court dies under mysterious circumstances, a houseguest asks his friend, inspector Hercule Poirot, to investigate.
Book Review: I am a great lover of mysteries so it shames me to confess this is my first Agatha Christie novel. It will not be my last, however. This book introduces us to the legendary Hercule Poirot who I found to be quite a pip. He’s a bit more exuberantly goofy than I expected and I liked it. I did not guess whodunit, which always pleases me. It was also nice to enjoy a mystery without that sick feeling that some have given me lately, with too much relishing in the pain and misery. I can handle graphic violence but I don’t like misery or torture porn, which is how so many mystery/thrillers feel to me lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s actually true or everything is just too much right now.To Read or Not To Read: Yup. She is a legend after all and all mystery readers should at least read one Agatha Christie novel.
Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy TeigenBook Description: Recipes. Pictures. Chrissy Teigen patent snark. The end.
Book Review: I enjoyed her first cookbook and enjoyed her second one a little bit more, mostly because more recipes appealed to me. The first one seemed a bit like, look at how bad a model eats. It’s not that I didn’t believe her because I did. She just made me roll my eyes a few times. This one seemed more like unapologetically yummy food, both healthy and not-so-healthy, and not trying to prove any point. Some recipes that I am eager to try include cheesy polenta with mushrooms, veggie couscous with spicy pine nuts, and garlic honey shrimp. I tried the blueberry cream cheese pancakes, which were heavenly, and will be sharing the recipe next Thursday (March 21), hopefully. I mean I have to make them, eat them, take pictures, write a post – that’s a lot of work and I make no promises.
To Read or Not to Read: Absolutely. Lots of great-sounding recipes and Chrissy always makes me laugh.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenBook Description: Josh and Hazel aren’t dating. Nope, just good buds because that always works. And opposites don’t work, or do they?
Book Review: Hmmmm … so this is good but I had hoped to love it because it seems like the kind of romance book that would tickle my funny bone while rooting for their happily ever after too. And I did, to an extent. Hazel is super adorkable. I mean so adorkable that it got freaking annoying. She made me laugh and I liked her but … she was so damn adorkable. Are you tired of me saying adorkable yet? I got tired of her adorkable antics, which felt tropey at times versus true, goofy quirkiness. And I also got it after the 17th time you told me that Josh was hot that he was hot. I’m old, not senile.
To Read or Not To Read: I sound ranty, which suggests that I didn’t like the book but I did. Those who love romance will likely adore Hazel’s adorkableness and should read it. And if my repeated use of adorkable (adorkable, adorkable, adorkable, adorkable) make you want to punch me in my adorkable face, then it’s gonna be a no, dawg. This book ain’t for you.
TL;DR: What I Recommend
While I’m still pouting a bit about no love book so far this year, I do recommend everything I read last month. Want to laugh and make good food? Read Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen. Feel like honoring women pioneers during Women’s History Month? Read The Mysterious Affair at Styles to celebrate the Grand Dame of Mystery, Miss Agatha Christie. Is all the craziness of the world today turning you into a sourpuss? Read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating …. ummmm … maybe. It could also make you more of a sourpuss too. 😀 Just saying. Sometimes romances help cure my grumpy moods and sometimes they make me grumpier. 😀
To More Great Books
I have four books on my nightstand, including Becoming by Michelle Obama. Super excited to read it but it might depress me too, remembering when I wasn’t scared every day. As usual, I’m joining my friends, Jana and Steph, for the very best link-up, Show Us Your Books. Be sure to visit and see what everyone is reading and recommending this month.
What books rocked your world last month?