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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I absolutely LOVED The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a novel about immigration, assimilation, staying true to your roots, family, unconditional love, friendship, and what we will endure to benefit those we care for. The story is told through multiple viewpoints, which is always a selling point for me, and I thought Henriquez did a great job of capturing the different voices of the characters throughout the book. This novel was just published on June 3, and I’m not sure why it isn’t getting more press—but this is one of those books that I want to hand out to total strangers on street corners. I’m pretty sure that this book will end up on my Top 10 list at the end of the year.
Nonfiction featuring food and cooking is one of my favorite genres, and I’m so glad I discovered the newly released Sous Chef by Michael Gibney! Based on the author’s experiences, this book covers 24 hours in the life of a New York City sous chef, and it’s made all the more real through the use of the second person narration throughout the book. I really enjoyed this book and I learned a lot about what really goes into running a restaurant kitchen-enough to know that although I love to cook, I’d never want to do it for a living! (Bonus story—I bought a brand new, pristine condition, hardcover copy of this book at my local Goodwill store for $1.89—I went in looking for some kitchen stoneware, and left with two books and a blouse. Go figure!)
OK—I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in the minority on this one. I didn’t like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I didn’t like it at all. I finished listening to it on my daily commute yesterday, and I wanted to throw something through my windshield when I got to the end. I don’t feel that I can say too much about why I disliked it so much, as it’s hard to do without including spoilers—but I just do not get all the hype that’s happening around this book. Maybe that was part of the problem for me–too much hype, too many expectations. So far this is the only book I’ve given a single-star rating to on Goodreads this year—and I hope it’s the last!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’m just about finished with Cutting Teeth, the debut novel by Julia Fierro—and I’ll be glad when I finish it. It’s about several New York City parents and their young children who go away together for a long weekend at a family beach house. I had really high hopes for this book, but unfortunately I’m finding all of the characters to be very unlikeable, and I really don’t care about what happens to any of them. I only have about 100 pages left so I’m going to finish it, but this book has been a disappointment to me.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I have a huge stack of TBRs on the floor of my bedroom, and I’ll be picking up some library holds later this week. I just hope that the next book I choose turns out to be something I really enjoy!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are you reading these days? Please share!