Jun 29, 2016

More Summer Reading

I just got a new look for the blog, and I'm digging it. Now, I've been instructed to get in gear and get the recipe section together. Sigh. Work and hobby time management is always such a struggle for me during the summer. One of the few downsides to being a work at home mom.

Also? I just want to take a nap.

All the time.

Reading (in between the napping):

I love all of Rebecca Harrington's essays/articles/what have you, especially her adventures in following celebrity diets for New York Magazine's The Cut.  Wry and hilarious, the book is a compilation of those essays.  Highly recommend for a quick, fun read.
I'm currently enjoying Picnic in Provence, Elizabeth's Baird's follow up to Lunch in Paris.  It makes me want to go play at the farmer's market and put down the potato chips.  Always a good thing, ha!  It's the perfect thing to read before bed, too- nice and restful- beautifully written but not too taxing.

Now, for some serious history. . . ha! Please.  Not while I'm reading while watching the kids do bubbles and chalk in the driveway.  Instead it's a typical Kitty Kelley unauthorized gossip-sesh with a touch of fact and a lot of alleged.  Thoroughly entertaining.

After tearing through Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible, I decided to give the other offerings from The Austen Project a try.  Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope was good, although probably a bit too on the nose.  It was like re-reading the original but the author used the modern-reinterpretation thesaurus.

Next up was Alexander McCall Smith's rendition of Emma.  And. . . I can't finish it.  I'm bored out of my gourd.   The characters are not likable.  I have no investment in their lives.  To be noted, however, I often have attempted to get through the original Emma, and have the same lackluster reaction.  I love some Clueless, but the actual book has never spoken to me.  

So that's about it- I'm headed to the library this afternoon as a treat if and when I get all my actual work done during babysitter time.  I'll have some more recs next week hopefully! 

 Anything I should be on the lookout for?


  1. My reading has gone way down lately...I'm just too tired at nights! I'm hoping to get lots of reading in over the long weekend, though! Also, funny you say that about Emma--I have started the original several times, always to abandon it.

  2. Looks good! I am reading Eligible now!!

  3. Man oh man oh man oh man. Made Beyonce Chardonnay Love Chicken yesterday. Helladelicious.

  4. This is my first time commenting, but I really enjoy reading your blog! Love your book reviews, too. I didn't enjoy Smith's Emma either - didn't finish it. I've never read Elizabeth Baird, so I'll have to check those out. Finished "Big Law" by Lindsay Cameron, and I thought it was a fun, interesting read.

  5. Confession: I've not read any Jane Austen. Clearly high school lit failed me and I have some reading to do. Check your library for Kitchens of the Great Midwest. It was wonderful.

  6. I just read "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" which is a companion book to "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" both by Rachel Joyce (they kinda sit alongside each other one as opposed to being a sequel or prequel to the other). They are both based in Britain, the characters are really beautifully written and they are both very touching. By the way I've read your blog for ages and love it, congrats on your 3rd child!


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