Books of the Month: January 2020

So far I have read 5 books in the month of January, and I tried fairly hard to differentiate the selection as best I could. I was most surprised by the latest, The Friend. It was recommended to me by my hairdresser and while it’s a bit unconventional of a book, I really found it enjoyable, tackling some tough issues like love and loss. I also really loved reading, Save Me the Plums. It was an insightful book into the editorial food world and I want to try all the recipes that Ruth sprinkled throughout the book.

Royal Holiday was cute, in a Hallmark-esque movie way and Conviction was interesting, but I did find it tough to get through. I mostly liked it because the central book storyline revolved around a crime podcast, but other than that, I felt the story was a little dull. It did touch on the criticism that women receive when they come out as a victim of sexual assault, which is SO important and I’m glad they made it a point to make that a central part of the storyline as well.

Finally, I was really moved by When Breath Becomes Air, but wow, was it a heavy read. Hearing Paul’s story was heartbreaking but I would recommend reading this book at some point, when you’re in the right headspace. I did like that they tried to keep it positive, discussing his life and his impact on others, but woof, it was rough to listen to his final days, as told by his wife, Lucy.

Full list is below for anyone who needs a new read; if you can only try one, I think I would suggest Save Me the Plums; unless you’re not into food whatsoever, try reading The Friend!

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Conviction by Denise Mina

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

What are you reading now, or have you read anything great in the last few months? Feel free to suggest in the comments below. I love getting suggestions from all genres!

Best,

Sara

2015 Goals.

1. Kindness
I know I’m somewhat kind, but I want to be a better person. That green monster, Envy, and his not so nice friends, Grumpy and Selfish always get on my back. My friends sometimes have to dance around my temperamental moods and I do feel bad about that. Here’s to a better attitude and a kind heart!

2. Moisturize moisturize, MOISTURIZE.

Miracle Worker, Philosophy

I’m basically 22, so I’m pretty much 30, and I need to start adding more moisture to my skin. I want to take care of my skin so in fifteen years I won’t be running to get Botox, or wishing I could go back in time and kick my twentysomething self in the butt for not caring about my skin.

3. Build a wardrobe.
Graduating college and heading into the professional world means I can’t necessarily wear leggings as pants everyday (Boo!!). I need to build a wardrobe with some more expensive staples that will last awhile. I also want versatile pieces that can be paired with a few different things. Oh, darn, I’ll have to go shopping, won’t I?

4. Put down the electronics!!
Reader, I got an iPad mini for Christmas and it’s been attached to my right hand ever since. I mean I’m reading and blogging and pinning on Pinterest! I’m totally addicted to my little beauty. But I do want to set down my electronics and spend more time in the present with those around me. It’s my one thing from this past year that I didn’t quite get to work on that much…

Reader, I hope you’ve had a beautiful year and I can’t wait to see you in 2015!

Best wishes for the new year, B.