Thinking of all of the men and women who have the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day.
I missed last week's post and have been on a two books a week streak (thanks to audiobooks!), so this post will be extra long. Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
Just a reminder that you don’t need to own a ton of books to be successful on Instagram. (And a great true crime stack with more recs in the comments!)
I Finished Reading
Out East | John Glynn | Free from Grand Central Publishing | I ended up really liking this! Glynn is a gifted writer- he so accurately captures that post college existential dread that many of us face. I was nervous reading this at first- the summer house in Montauk made me think that it might be shallow- but Glynn writes with humility and vulnerability and it works. This is a perfect coming of age memoir for summer.
Notes from a Young Black Chef | Kwame Onwuache | I’ve been on a bit of a memoir kick this year- this is #6! This is Kwame Onwuachi's story about coming up in New York and coming into his career as a chef. He finished 6 on Top Chef and open- then lost his dream restaurant- all before the age of 30. He talks a lot about his upbringing and what it's like to be Black in America. There's a dash of behind the scenes at Top Chef thrown in, but what I loved the most was his fearlessness. He's not at all afraid to name names and to call out the racism that exists in the industry. Fans of Born a Crime should like this one. And don’t miss his dedication in the back …it broke me :(.
My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing | Unfortunately, this was not my favorite. I loved the cover- the wife is looking through you from a reflection in a knife- but I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. The set up is good: Millicent and her husband look like any other suburban couple on the outside, but behind closed doors they have a penchant for murder. The execution was what I didn’t care for- the characters gets backed in a corner and I thought the ending was a touch predictable and less than satisfying.
Ask Again, Yes | Mary Beth Keane | Pub Date: 5.28.19 | Free from Netgalley | This book has been ALL OVER Instagram and it’s not even out yet. Happily for me, this will end up on my favorite of the year list. The characters were real and vibrant. They jump off of the page and embedded themselves in my brain. This is a quiet novel, but one that gave me so many opportunities to relate themes back to my own life. It was also so nice to see working class families’ stories on the page. Fans of The Hearts Invisible Furies should like this one.
Red, White, and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston | Free from Book Sparks | I needed lighter fare after Ask Again, Yes and picked this up based on my own Long Weekend Reading post. It's just what I was hoping for- smart dialogue, witty characters, and a story with some depth. You've got the enemies to lovers troupe- only these characters happen to be the First Son of the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales. It's steamy but not too steamy and the perfect summer romance! I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I am.
Upcoming Reading Plans
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life | Jane Sherron De Hart | I grabbed this from Libro.fm because I noticed that with all of the memoir/biographies I’ve been reading this year, only one was written by women! What better way to resolve this than a 25 hour long memoir about one of the nation’s great badass women. One of the Pingel Sisters recommended it on Sarah’s Book Shelves Live, too, so I feel good about this pick.
Recursion | Blake Crouch | Pub Date: 6.11.19 | Free from Penguin Random House | I don't know anything about this other than I need to read it ASAP. Dark Matter is one of my all time favorite books and I’ve been hearing good things. It’s combining two of my favorite things to read about- accessible science fiction and a mysterious illness. Fingers crossed this works!
My mailbox has been full these past two weeks so I’ll just leave you the titles and pub dates!
Sent by Booksparks #partner
You, Me, and the Sea | Meg Donohue | Available Now
You Cannot Mess this Up: A True Story that Never Happened | | Amy Weinland Daughters | Pub Date: 6.4.19
Naturally Tan | Tan France | Pub Date: 6.4.19
Honestly, We Meant Well | Grant Grinder | Pub Date: 6.11.19
Free from Penguin Random House
Keep You Close | Karen Cleveland | Pub Date: 5.28.19
Notes to Self: Essays | Emilie Pine | Available Now
The Ditch | Herman Koch | Pub Date: 6.11.19
The Learning Curve | Mandy Berman | Pub Date: 5.28.19
Mistress of the Ritz | Melanie Benjamin | Pub Date: 5.21.19
Layover | David Bell | Pub Date: 7.2.19
Free from St. Martin’s Press-