Book Report: April 2017

Do you count cookbooks in your number of read books for the month? I'm counting the two that I read because I actually did read them rather than just page through for a particular recipe. So, in total I read five books this month and was completed obsessed by one of them.

Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman & John Middleton Murray Jr.
This was a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about interior decorating or anyone who has a home design project coming up. It walks through each room of the house and gives ideas for floorplans, styling, and furniture selection. Even though I don't have any upcoming design projects, it was a fun read.

The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Continuing through the Harry Potter books, I finished the fifth in the series which I personally think is the one with the most infuriating storylines. That isn't to say that I don't love it, I just have such disdain for Professor Umbridge. 

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Even though I was intrigued by the premise, I was scared to read this for awhile. However, from the first few pages, I was hooked. J.D Vance gives a really unique perspective about life and culture in Appalachian towns that's both incredibly respectful and critical in a way that only someone from the area who has since left can be. I highly recommend everyone read this book to gain more perspective on a subset of Americans that can be really confusing. This will certainly be one of my favorite books of the year.

Barefoot Contessa: At Home by Ina Garten
It's no secret that I love Ina Garten. I have a handful of females in business who I look up to and she's at the top of that list along with the likes of Angela Ahrendts and Jenna Lyons. This cookbook, like her others, not only showcases her classic, beautifully prepared recipes but also includes anecdotes from her life.

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics by Ina Garten
I love this one because Ina gives practical ideas on how to better prepare classic dishes. Her recipes aren't fussy and they don't have a million ingredients, but she does show how to make those recipes the best they can be using simple tricks.

Books I abandoned: 
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope - I've tried to read two of the Austen project books and I just couldn't get into either of them. I just think that the originals carry so much weight and are far too difficult to replicate as a modern adaptation. However, I may be interested in reading something else by Joanna Trollope, perhaps over the summer.