book report: march 2019

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I say this almost every month, but I just don’t get it, how is it the end of March? Not to skip ahead too much, but I’m in the final stretch before May which is going to be a month that is packed full of fun things for me, so I am counting down the days.

When it comes to books, I’m going strong! I read five books this month, bringing me up to 16 out of 70 for the year. Two of the books I read this month were cookbooks, but I count them because they both had quite a bit of narrative and also, my challenge, my rules, right? As for other books, I wouldn’t say it’s been the most insanely exciting month but I did read a couple that I liked a lot!

Progress: 16/70

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
This book was about a famous chef/personality whose career is ruined by a hacker and how she goes about building her life back up afterwards. It’s set between New York City and Montauk all around the food scene. I thought this was a decent summer read, but it ultimately wasn’t really for me!

Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss
I found this book on an whim and I’m really glad because it was so funny. It’s a non-fiction book all about teen novels from the 80s and 90s like Pony Pals, Sweet Valley High, The Babysitter’s Club, and so on. I remember reading a lot of these in the late 90s and some later in the 2000s but this book just made me feel super nostalgic.

In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
This was another book I found on a whim at the library and really enjoyed! It’s also a quick read that I read in one day by the pool and then back at home. The story is about a girl from Ohio who moves to Egypt when here mom gets a job with a Doctors Without Borders type organization. The rest of the book follows her as she explores Cairo with the son of her family’s driver. This was a super cute story and will probably make you wanna travel.

Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose
I learned about Martha Hall Foose in the amazing book I read last month, “Dispatches From Pluto” and knew I had to check out her cookbook. It did not disappoint and I’m thinking I need to add it to my permanent collection. This had so many amazing recipes native to the Mississippi Delta that are super fresh and really give a lot of love to southern produce and ingredients. Loved so many of the drinks ideas and how accessible (and dirt cheap, yet quality!) many of the recipes were.

The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow
This is another cookbook I know I’ll need to add to my permanent collection, as I already own all of Gwyneth’s other books and I actually think I might get the most use out of this one. All of the recipes are cleanse friendly (mostly dairy free, gluten free, night shade free, etc.) yet they aren’t just bean sprout salads. I’ve always found it hard to find good, clean recipes that sound delicious and tend to end up taking recipes and adapting them myself to be healthier. But this makes it so easy! Plus, most of the recipes consist of pantry staples that I know I typically always have on hand at home.