Insert lame "I'm busy" excuse here. What can I say, juggling my workload and teaching duties is proving more time consuming than planned. I don't have the time to write or read blogs as much as I would like but luckily I still have a long commute to read books on. Here's a few books I've loved recently.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I'm fairly certain you've heard of this one by now. It's a total thriller with a few twists and turns that are hard to predict. I found it hard to put down as it was well written and quite detail-oriented. It's a great book club read as there's plenty to discuss between the gender roles and symbolism found throughout. My only negative would be I found the ending to be a bit of a cop-out, I wanted the author to make a stronger statement with the ending but I heard that she struggled with it, and that makes sense to me.
Talking with my Mouth Full - Gail Simmons
We're huge Top Chef fans in this house and while I knew who Tom and Padma were before the show, Gail always alluded me, and perhaps I was jealous of her job as a professional eater. Her autobiography is actually quite interesting! She's worked far more restaurant jobs than I was aware of, loves simple foods and is quite funny. If you're gearing up for the new season (November!!) this is a quick and easy read to get you back in the knife-packing mode.
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
I am not finished with this memoir from 2005 but if you have not picked this one up yet, please do so! This book chronicles the upbringing of the author, Jeannette Walls in a totally crazy, very impoverished family situation. It's beautifully written and sets the scene of life in the desert and then in Welch, WV. As the reader, I have so much empathy for these children and their childhoods while also having so much frustration and anger for their parents. I can't wait to see how it all pans out!
Have you read anything great lately?