Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend (long weekend perhaps if you’re a U-S-of A reader observing MLK Jr day?). We kept it pretty chill around here as it was mostly cold and dreary outside all weekend. Although, I am writing this on Sunday, so who’s to say the rest of my weekend doesn’t end up incredibly exciting and out of control? Actually I can tell you right now it won’t as my agenda only extends to baking and reading for the rest of my foreseeable free time. Speaking of reading, it’s high time that I finally share my books read from last month! I logged a few more than normal since I had a nice chunk of vacation time off from work (oh how I miss it), and thankfully I completed my 2016 Goodreads goal to read a total of 35 books! My 2017 goal is to read 36 books because I love a good goal, but I also work eight hours five days a week, and have to sleep somewhere in there too. One day I’ll win the lottery and just spend my days reading and writing terrible reviews, but until then I’ll settle for a measly few books a month!
I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, and I L-O-V-E-D it! The book is written is a series of comedic short essays, and I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. Lauren’s sense of humor is wonderfully dry, and similar to that of her most notable role, Lorelai Gilmore, holds a wealth of pop culture knowledge, and seamlessly drops hilarious references throughout her stories…but thankfully dials it back on the Lorelai level of throwback mentions. If you’re craving a light read with lots of audible LOLs, then I very much recommend this one.
This was my first holiday read of the Christmas season, and it perfect mix of holiday charm and YA schmaltz that I was looking for. It helps that the background setting is Christmas in New York, so it already had me there. The story centers around practical and introspective, Dash, and his girlfriend of a stark contrast, Lily, who maintains a Disney princess-like level of optimism at all times. Lily’s grandfather suffers a heart attack weeks before Christmas, and her optimism,as well as her Christmas spirit, is suddenly, and understandably, depleted. Dash takes it upon himself to make Lily’s Christmas as magical as possible, with several acts of creative gift-giving, teenage chivalry, and classic Young Adult situational adorableness . Despite its heaviness (and it’s personal #tbt to Chrismtas 2015 for myself), it was a really cute read, and would definitely recommend it for your bookshelf come this December!
I really don’t want to be mean, but this book was, in a word, the worst. It was my first one star review on Goodreads, but apparently I am odd the one out since it’s average rating is nearly 4 stars, and I am so confused as to why. The focus of story is it’s main character, Ashleigh Sneaux. Like, snow. Ya know, like “SNEAUXED In”, okay I’m sorry let me get back to it. High school aged Ashleigh, and her recently divorced mother move to a remote island in the Great Lakes to open up a bed and breakfast, where Ashleigh finds herself in the midst of a sort-of love triangle between the town’s two most popular boys (because of course). At first they had me because they moved there from North Texas (never specified where, but in my heart I pretended it was Denton), but then quickly lost me with writing that read like DeGrassi fan fic written by someone who hasn’t seen or spoken to someone between the ages of 14 to 18 in nearly 30 years. It was very uncomfortable and cringe-worthy read, that was plagued with so many awkward uses of teen slang, plot holes, and situations that even in a fictional universe no one would find themselves in…ever. So, as you can gather, I can’t say I’d really recommend this one.
Like everyone else in the world, I am all about HGTV’s favorite couple, Tarek and Chri…wait, nope that’s not right, Chip and Jo! Jake and I have been to both Magnolia Markets (the old one, and the new fancy one with the silos!), and this isn’t so much a testament to being a huge fan, rather than it is a “Oh hey, that’s a fun anecdote to tell at parties!”, but back in his freelance cameraman days, Jake helped film an episode of Fixer Upper back in season one! My sister and I occasionally swap books whenever she’s in town, and in exchange for my Talking as Fast as I Can, my sister lent me her copy of The Magnolia Story! It’s told in back and forth short essays between Jo and Chip (Jo takes most of the lead on the story telling). They cover their childhoods, first meeting, and the many up’s and down’s of getting their businesses off the ground. I was surprised to find how inspiring it was, and while I already liked Chip and Jo to begin with, it made me appreciate their hard work all the more! If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll definitely love this one!
I hate to have to throw in a sour review, but I had to be honest! Hopefully I wasn’t too cruel (Nope, I definitely was). Maybe I shouldn’t trust those Goodread reviews as much? Note to self, four stars and cute cover art doesn’t always mean it will be a hit. Oh well, at least I had a few winners to balance it out!
What are your reading goals for 2017?