This month was such a good one for reading. I read four books, two of which will likely make my Top 10 of the year. I’m currently in the middle of what will be my fifth book of the month, although I may not finish it before this post goes up and I’m also listening to the audiobook of “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” which is great because of the wonderful narrator who really knows how to put on an old school Alabama accent.
Rules For Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
If I’m being honest, it took awhile for me to get into this book but I’m glad I kept going. I’m personally just not a fan of short story collections and at first, this read like one. But, I’d say by page 80 or so, I started to get into it as the story became more linear. The story follows May, a professional gardener who is lonely and sets out to reconnect with her old friends. I will say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the character but the writing was quite good and the storyline revolving around travel was interesting. I do suggest you give it a try as most of the things I disliked were just personal preferences.
Yes Way Rosé by Erica Blumenthal & Nikki Huganir
I absolutely loved this book! It’s from the creators of Yes Way Rose instagram account and wine brand who are like your fun girlfriends who host wine tastings and Bachelorette viewing parties. The book gives a great overview of the wine making process that will likely make you the expert of the group at your next wine-related event. Plus, they also share some fun party and recipe ideas, all through gorgeous and fun photography.
The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
If there’s one book I think all Americans should read this year, it’s this one. It does two things. One, it gives a really informative look into what three different departments of our government do and two, it shows how much of an honest mess the Trump administration has gotten us into by being woefully uninformed about and uninterested in what the departments are responsible for. When a president is elected, they are expected to send their transition team to attend important briefings at each department but the Trump administration failed to do that. So, Michael Lewis decided, “Why not me?” and received the briefings in order to share them in this book. Please, please read this if you are an American citizen and even if you’re not, it’s a very interesting, entertaining, and quick read.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This. Book. Is the best book I’ve read thus far in 2019 and will no doubt be in my top three at the end of the year. The characters felt so real, the humor was spot on, and it was such a fresh story told in an equally fresh way. I was sucked in from page one! The story takes the trope of royal romance and turns it on its head in a few ways, one of them being that this is a boy meets boy love story. I feel like this story had every single thing I love in it: southern culture/characters, British royal culture/characters, politics, travel, and a sense of humor that’s so on point for the millennial generation. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to pick it back up and read it again. I really can’t express sufficiently how much I loved this book.