I got a lot of reading done this month thanks to our vacation and some lonnggggg hours in the air! Also, my kindle is on sale! See below for my favourite feature, accessing new books as I go. It was a luggage lifesaver on our honeymoon :- )
Here’s what I read:
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert This is a romance novel (which I hadn’t expected!), and I liked that the author chose to feature a non-white main character with health issues- it felt a little more realistic! Otherwise there were some interesting themes, like taking control of your life and stepping out of your comfort zone. Solid 7.5/10.
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl Last month (or was it December?) I read Save Me the Plums, and so began my dive into all things Gourmet. I liked this memoir of Reichl’s time as a food critic, but I wish she had talked more about the other parts of her life during that time- if you’re usually at restaurants, how do you fit in time for yourself/your family/meals that aren’t 5 courses!? Would do 7.5/10 but will bump to 8 because it was such an easy read and a look at a world that is so different from mine.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb This was a deep dive. It was very readable and eye opening, but also made me think a lot- am I kind to people? Do I see good in everyone? Holy $#^* I am very lucky to be young/healthy/employed/loved/(I could go on here). I think I really liked this and how it drew my attention to “bigger picture” me, but I say “I think” because I was on vacation, and I had a lot of time and brain space for this. Honestly, some of it did heighten my anxiety (a reminder that being healthy and employed is not a given!!) and I’m not sure I would have done as well if I was reading a chapter before bed during a regular week, for example. SO- overall a good book. Maybe be prepared to feel some (good! necessary! but big) feelings. 8.5/10.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Allll the cool-book-kids on instagram are talking about this book, so when I ran out of library books on our recent vacation, I downloaded it onto my Kindle (literally the best thing about the Kindle is never running out of books, and buying them only as I need!). It was definitely a page-turner (I read then entire thing on the flight home from SYD) but it was frustrating! If the characters just all said what they were thinking at the outset, there would almost be no book. But then! I realized that being someone who is able to say what’s on my mind, and have people (mostly) pay attention, is a privilege. More themes: Female friendships. Parenting. Race. Resolving personal crises vs. burying them. 9/10.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Ahem. We are back with another romance AND one about a royal family to boot. I’m not sorry because as much as there is a lot of criticism around the concept of royalty, the little girl in me is here for it. Plus, some great themes here and food for thought (politics! International relations. Being gay. Judging people! Friendship. Growing up.) I follow a great royal commentary account (eholmes on insta, go check out her account and website!), which is where I think I first saw this book linked.
Up next: a few library holds including Three Women (which I’ve been on the waitlist for forever!) and the memoir A House in the Sky. We’ll see if I get through a third without vacation reading time! Any recommendations?