So okay, I read something. Yay me. And it took effort, real effort, to do so. I mean I enjoyed what I read. And I wanted to read what I read but … I’m still not feeling the reading love … yet. It’s there; I can feel the love lurking inside me, like a dormant pimple. One you want to appear so you can pop it (yup, I’m a pimple popper and know it’s wrong and gross and I have no idea why I’m sharing this with y’all) but won’t come until you gotta show your face somewhere more important than the grocery store. How I went from reading to pimple popping, I don’t know but I might be a writing genius.
Or not. It’s cool either way. I’m just glad to be reading and writing again (my blogging has been erratic as of late, sort of like me). And in this topsy turvy world, let’s just take pleasure where we can.
The Books I Liked
Yo. Let’s just be happy I used the plural version of book, okay?
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Book Description: Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day unless Aiden Bishop can solve her murder and break the cycle.
Book Review: This is an unusual little book (not literally, it’s 400+ pages) and I like it. Right from the get-go (thanks to the book flap), you know more than poor Aiden does, which initially irritated me a bit—only because I wanted to get my Scooby-Doo on and dig into the mystery. But once Aiden catches up, you go on a thoroughly enjoyable ride. He inhabits different characters to help him solve the murder and you need to accept that premise to enjoy the story. It’s twisty enough (but not the annoying kind where you want to start punching people) that I guessed wrong multiple times. And I’m the kind of reader who reads mysteries to figure out whodunit and I didn’t. It’s got a Downstairs Abbey vibe and it’s not overly graphic for those who like their murder less explicit. The ending is different, not what I expected, and initially felt a little unsure about it. I wasn’t angry but more like hmmmm …. interesting. But with some time and space … it works.
To Read or Not to Read: Sure, it’s a little weird and different and I like weird and different. But not everyone does and that’s okay too.
Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
Book Description: It’s a cookbook. It’s got recipes and pictures. The end.
Book Review: Okay, a cookbook might be a bit of stretch to count as a “book” but I’m counting it because my blog. Also, I’m always on the lookout for good cookbooks to try and assume others are as well. I adore the Barefoot Contessa. Her food always seems a bit upscale but without being pretentious. While I haven’t had a chance to make anything, there were lots of recipes that sounded great, such as tomato and eggplant soup, fried chicken sandwich, and triple chocolate loaf. And many sounded like something I would also make, which is critical. All the beautiful pictures in the world mean nothing, if you don’t pick up your measuring cups and turn on the stove and start slicing and dicing.
To Cook or Not to Cook I’m always down with the Barefoot Contessa so most definitely. It’s my not-so secret wish to be invited to her home and to cook with her.
TL;DR — My Recommendations to You
Easy peasy: I recommend them all. Murder mystery fans who don’t mind a fantasy element (not ghosts and goblins but the idea a person could inhabit other people) will enjoy The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. And fans of The Barefoot Contessa should definitely check out her latest cookbook. Lots of delicious-sounding recipes that I can’t wait to try.
To More Great Books
Well, I currently have two books on my nightstand and a bunch of books I should really read in my NetGalley queue. I’m super hopeful that I’ll read a few books this month. If not, in the immortal words of Scarlett O’Hara, “Tomorrow is another day ” and maybe tomorrow (or the next month) I’ll want to read again. Here’s hoping. As usual, I’m linking up with Jana and Steph for the great Show Us Your Books link-up. Be sure to visit and see what everyone’s been reading.
What books did you read last month?