I seem to go through phases where I read a lot, and then periods where I don’t read anything other than Bon Appetit for weeks. I’ve actually gone through a few books in the last couple of months, so here are five books I’ve read lately!
1. It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
This memoir by the voice behind the blog Can You Stay For Dinner is about Andie’s struggle with her weight and the emotional toll that caused, and resulted from, her weight gain and loss. Much like her blog, the book is beautifully and honestly written, and I love that she acknowledges that shedding excess pounds doesn’t mean you’ve said goodbye to the demons in your head. Andie had some tough stuff to deal with in her life, and seeing how she rose above all of that is inspiring. I flew through it in a flash!
2. Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget by Sarah Heppola
Apparently I’m really in to reading the life stories of female addicts lately (in reality I had them both on hold at the library and they became available at the same time ). This book takes on a similar format to It Was Me All Along, but deals with Sarah’s struggle with alcoholism. It’s definitely cringe worthy at times, and hits a little too close to home at others, but it’s a great read that I also finished super quickly.
3. All Of The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This was a book someone had chosen for the book club that I’m in, although I didn’t finish it before the discussion. One of these days I’m going read the entire book before a meeting! Anyways, I was a little disappointed at first to discover that the book took place during World War Two, since I’m generally not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I ended up really enjoying the way Doerr weaved together the stories of two young people on opposite sides of the conflict. The story jumps back and forward in time without becoming confusing, and it was fun to try and figure out the eventual connection between the two main characters.
4. Sous Chef: 24 Hours On The Line by Michael Gibney
I love reading food-related books (shocker, I know), so I thought this one would be right up my alley. As the title suggests, Gibney gives us a glimpse in to the day in the life of a sous chef based on his experience in restaurants, going through a full 24 hours of prepping, cooking, partying, and everything in between. It’s the first book I’ve read that’s written in the second person, so that was interesting. In the end I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would – it felt a little anticlimactic and there wasn’t really anything that kept me hooked. Some of the behind the scenes restaurant insights were interesting though!
5. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
If you loved The Happiness Project and Happier at Home you’ll love Gretchen Rubin’s third book on the little things you can do to make your life better. Or at least I did. Gretchen’s books always leave me feeling inspired to really drill down in to what makes me happy and try to work on living by those principles, and this one was no different.
Are you a fiction or a non fiction fan? What have you been reading lately?