Since most of us are probably a few weeks into staying at home and social distancing, thought it would be the perfect time to share my most recent reads. I’ve always loved reading so for me it is a great escape from whatever is going on around me and a welcome distraction from the outside world. Even if you aren’t normally a big reader, this would be a good time to try a new book! I know the news is overwhelming right now and the idea of staying home for so many days on end is tough for all of us- a book can help you pretend you are somewhere new and will also take up some time from over analyzing the news 🙂 My five most recent reads have been pretty diverse- from a food loving memoir to a thriller and an adorable romance- there is literally something for everyone!
Save Me The Plums– If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I get a lot of book recommendations from Grace Atwood of The Stripe and Bad on Paper Podcast. Grace listed this memoir by Ruth Reichl as one of her favorite books of 2019 so I rushed to grab it the next chance I got. Ruth is the former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and if you ever loved reading magazines, or love food, you’ll so enjoy her story of transitioning from restaurant critic to running a major magazine. Ruth’s writing was fabulous and I loved that she included recipes in the book too, making it feel very authentic. Read this if you like food and loved flipping through magazines.
Such A Fun Age– This highly anticipated new release and the debut novel from Kiley Reid, Such A Fun Age was a great read that flew by despite dealing with some heavy topics- race and privilege. The novel is narrated by Emira, a twenty five year old African American girl in Philadelphia who works as a typist and a babysitter and the mom of the girl she babysits for, Alix. The story starts off with an upsetting event- at the parents’ request, Emira takes three year old Briar out of the house late at night while they deal with something at home. When in the grocery store down the street, Emira is accused of kidnapping Briar by a shopper and security guard. The accusation seems to be purely based on race- Emira is black and Briar a white little girl. The whole exchange is recorded by another person at the store who sends the recording to Emira, but promises not share publicly. After this event, things change between Emira and Alix and their professional and personal lives overlap in multiple ways. Read this if you want to be caught up on one of the most anticipated new novels of 2020 so far!
Evie Drake Starts Over– Evie Drake is a widow of the town sweetheart and doctor in the coastal Maine town they both grew up in. Dean Tenney is a professional baseball player who mysteriously lost his ability to pitch. At the suggestion of their mutual best friend, Andy, Dean comes to Maine to rent an apartment from Evie. Dealing with their two different but significant losses, Evie and Dean start a friendship which turns in to more. My best friend and I were talking about this book after- we both loved it- and I described it as cute but not cutesy. Her description of that it was light but well written is a bit of a better way to put it. Read this if you believe in second chances and love romances, but also like well written novels.
Something In The Water– I picked up this book after seeing that Reese Witherspoon and her production company purchased the film rights to it. This thriller follows newlyweds Erin, a documentary filmmaker and Mark, an investment banker to their honeymoon in Bora Bora. While scuba diving, Erin and Mark find something in the water, something they can’t ignore. With twists and turns from multiple story lines, this book was a quick read. It wasn’t my all time favorite thriller, but I still enjoyed it and am glad to read it before it becomes a possible movie. Read this if thrillers are your jam, especially ones about married couples 🙂
Meg & Jo– This is a modern day re-telling of Little Women with Meg as a mom to twins in their hometown, Jo as an aspiring food writer/blogger that is waitressing in NYC, Beth floating in and out of school and Amy interning in Paris for a fashion designer. I’m sure most of us are familiar with the story line, but it was a fun read. Read this if you like Little Women obviously.
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