A Book a Week – Kitchens of the Great Midwest

I read Kitchens of the Great Midwest because it was on amazon’s list as a great book to read.

And it was!

It was a gem of a book. Good writing, great characters. Nice way to have interconnected little short stories. I even loved reading about food (which I usually don’t care for.)

If you haven’t picked this one up, I’d recommend it.

A Book a Week – Fallen

I read Fallen because it had been on my YA to-read list for a long long time.

Man, was that a mistake.

This book dragged for days for me. And that’s a sign of a terrible book. The writing, the characters, the plot. None of it spoke to me. Maybe it was my mood when I read it. Maybe I’ve already read similar books. Not sure why I didn’t like it.

But I didn’t.

A Book a Week – Speak

I read Speak because it’s just awesome. I saw a friend have it on her goodreads and decided i might like it.

I loved it.

It was unlike anything, anything i’ve read in a long long long time.

It’s not for everyone. It’s weird. It’s unusual. But it’s also very interesting. Really different from other books. And I loved this small little book.

Not to mention, how awesome is that cover?

A Book a Week – How to Start a Fire

I read How to Start a Fire because it was on a list I had made and it was a quick read. I remember thinking it was ok but not amazing.  I hadn’t read Lisa Lutz before and I am not sure I will again. She has a new book out but I haven’t felt tempted to pick it up.

This, while okay, was relatively forgettable for me.

A Book a Week – To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

I reread To Kill a Mockingbird because I wanted to read Go Set a Watchman and I felt it was important to read them in order. I hadn’t read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in middle school but when people ask me what my favorite book is, I still say it’s this one. So I was a bit worried that a reread wouldn’t live up to what I had in my heart.

But it so did.

I fell in love with the book all over again. I loved loved loved the characters, the description, the setting, the plot. Just all of it.

Then I listened to Go Set A Watchman and it was just not the same. It was a lovely book on its own right. It had flaws but it wasn’t terrible. It just was no To Kill a Mockingbird.

A Book a Week – Being Mortal

I read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End because it was a book club pick. I would never ever have read this one on my own. I just felt it was too morbid. I don’t like nonfiction often and will rarely choose to read it. So I resisted this one.

But I read it. And I am so glad I did.

It was a powerful, thought-provoking book that was incredibly worthwhile.

I’m told Gawande’s other books are wonderful too so maybe this is the sign I need to pick one up.

A Book a Week – Never Let Me Go

I read Never Let Me Go because I knew I would love another Ishiguro and I was not disappointed.

I have now read a literary fiction, a fantasy and a scifi from this author and every single one of them has been amazing. How is it possible for an author to seamlessly write so well across genres? It blows my mind.

If you haven’t read any Ishiguro, I’d still start with Remains of the Day but if you like scifi, this is your book.

It’s sad, beautiful and just exquisite writing.

A Book a Week – There's Something I Want You to Do

I read There’s Something I Want You to Do because it was a book club pick. I rarely read short stories so it was a nice change of pace for me.

I wasn’t crazy about the book but I also didn’t hate it. If short stories are your thing, I think you might like it. Then again, if short stories are your thing, I would easily recommend Adam Haslett’s book first. It’s extraordinary.

But I am still not sad I read it.

A Book a Week – Enchanted

I read Enchanted because my friend Marcus’ wife wrote it.

How cool is it that I have friends who are writers? I love that so much.

I read this one in one breath. If fantasy is your cup of tea, I think you will like this book. It’s a quick read and I am looking forward to reading more of her books :)

A Book a Week – The Remains of the Day

I read The Remains of the Day because I picked it as our book club pick after reading Buried Giant and loving it last year.

And this might easily be one of my very favorite reads of 2016/2105. I loved every little bit of this book. I loved reading it, I loved listening to it. I loved everything about it.

Such exquisite writing.

Ishiguro is quickly becoming my very favorite author. I so wish he were more prolific.

Highly recommended.

A Book a Week – Maybe in Another Life

I read Maybe in Another Life because I read about it somewhere and it sounded lovely.

And it was.

I love the Sliding Doors movie and I loved the idea behind this book.

And it did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting, I cried. I loved it.

It’s light reading, it’s sweet, it’s relatively predictable (though not 100% which was a nice surprise for me.)

Lovely summer read.

A Book a Week – The Name of the Star

I’ve had so many of these book reviews on draft for months now, so I decided it’s better to write just a few words and post them than to keep sitting on them. Excuse my brevity.

I read The Name of the Star because of a random whim. I read about it somewhere and then jumped in.

It was a super fast read. I think I might have read it in one sitting. I loved it but not enough to feel compelled to read the next two. Maybe one day. If this is your cup of tea, it’s not bad. Recommended.

If not, there are many others to choose from in the world of books.