Monday Mash-Up #049

This pretty much sums up how I spent my birthday on Saturday….

Two great books and the total opposite of each other!

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only a week away.  I need to get my behind in gear and start my holiday baking, I always think I’ll get a head start but always seem to wind up doing it all in a rush a couple of days before Christmas!   😀

The Week in Books—

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

A story where fairy tales meet the real world, set in the wilderness of 1920’s Alaska.  A mix of love and loss, joy and sorrow, written in simple and beautiful prose that had me staying up until 2 a.m. to finish it.  A great story for the holiday season, highly recommend.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson —  4 out of 5 stars!

Blogger Jenny Lawson takes us on a journey not soon to be forgotten.  From her truly strange childhood to her marriage to a very patient man, Lawson shares some laugh-out-loud stories, as well as some more serious content involving miscarriages and mental illness.  My biggest complaint:  Lawson  incorporating “vagina” into seemingly every conversation and scenario got a bit tedious after the third or fourth time.  Otherwise, a very entertaining read.

Death by Rum Balls by Colleen Mooney — 3 out of 5 stars

A fun cozy mystery with a Christmas twist.  The characters and plot lines may seem like other cozies out there, but I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the funny “handyman,” Frank.  I’ll definitely be reading more of this series.

Too Many Cooks:  Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes by Emily Franklin — 3 out of 5 stars

A wealthy suburban housewife/supermom shares her culinary adventures with her precociously perfect young children, all while documenting every time she breast-feeds her infant.  Every.  Fucking.  Time.  Three stars because some of the recipes sound pretty good.

Squat by Taylor Field — 1 1/2 stars out of 5

The Holiday spirit overtook my inner bitchiness and I rounded up to 2 stars on Goodreads.  I don’t know if it was terrible editing or what, but at times the story rambled and would switch from one time frame then back for no discernible reason.    And one word:  pronouns.  Don’t be afraid to use them!!  Overall, a potentially decent story turned hot mess.

Be sure to watch for some upcoming posts, including my 20 books I want to read in 2020 as well as my annual The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre of 2019!  Until next time, Happy Reading!

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