Books I’ve Read Lately

I know lots of people start the New Year off with goals to read more. I am a nerd and such a goal for me would be terrible…because I already plow through books. Reading any more would put a serious dent in the things I’m able to get done in a day (catch me in the middle of a really good book and I’m worthless!). But I do have a goal to continue reviewing books…because I think it keeps me accountable and encourages me to switch things up in the reading department.

Here’s a scale on my recommendations:

  • ⭐️-1 star-Terrible! Don’t waste your time! (And, hopefully I don’t waste my time by reading such a book and then writing about it…)
  • ⭐️⭐️-2 stars-Meh…Not particularly fun/funny/interesting. Basically, nothing to write home about.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️-3 stars-Pretty Good. Except for a few lame/boring/inappropriate parts, I thought this book was (like I said) pretty good.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-4 stars-Super Good. I enjoyed this book a lot and if the content interests you, have at it!
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-5 stars-Excellent! I personally think everyone in the world should read this!

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve read lately:

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Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

This book’s about: the world famous racehorse, Seabiscuit! Reading more like a novel than the non-fiction it is, Hillenbrand chronicles Seabiscuit’s humble racing start to how he became one of America’s favorite stars (like, seriously. His name appeared more in America’s newsstands than Hitler’s!). It also gives a thorough history of “The Biscuit’s” owner, trainer and jockeys.

My thoughts on it: 

  • Set right in the middle of the depression/WWII, Hillenbrand really does an excellent job at painting a picture of what life was like back then. With the technology we have today, I think it’s really difficult to imagine the magnitude of the events Seabiscuit participated in. I mean, he would have thousands come just to watch his workouts, (nevermind his races). But Hillenbrand gives enough background to really grasp the excitement and awe that surrounded horse racing.
  • Hillenbrand is incredibly thorough in her account. Sometimes her tangents were a bit unnecessary, but more often than not, I thought they were fascinating and definitely added to the text.
  • Before Hillenbrand wrote Seabiscuit, she was writing for a horse magazine. As someone who knows basically nothing about horses or racing, sometimes the terms she used were so specific that I wasn’t able to completely picture what she was describing.
  • I think a great writer is able to elicit emotion from a reader. So it says a lot about Hillenbrand’s writing when I say that I cried when I read about the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I mean, it’s horse racing. And I cried.

My Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-4 stars

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Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

This book’s about: Hannah Swensen, local cookie shop owner, and the rest of the town is getting excited about a movie being shot right there in their small Minnesota town. But during one of the shoots, the director is murdered! Hannah, along with a couple friends and her family, do some snooping to see if they can figure out whodunnit. Complete with recipes!

My Thoughts on it:

  • When I find an author I like, I become totally obsessive and I read all of their books. This is a classic example as I’m on my 5th Hannah Swensen Mystery Novel in 4 weeks. Oops.
  • I love mysteries but I’m a total wimp and anything too scary gets me nervous to be home alone. This series is totally lighthearted and doesn’t psych me out in the slightest.
  • Let’s be real, folks. If I’m using “lighthearted” in the same sentence as “murder,” you know that we also have to mention the word “cheesy.” The dialogue can definitely get a little bit cheesy, but it’s not overbearing.
  • Sometimes one of the plot lines involves Hannah’s cat…which I’m just kind of meh about…but whatever.
  • I also enjoy this series because the mystery is totally solvable without being super obvious which always makes me feel like a sleuthing genius.
  • Recipes are included! And they always seem extra yummy! I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but I have a handful written down waiting to be made.

My Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-4 stars ***If you do read, I’d suggest going in order and the first book is Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

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Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

This book’s about: CeeCee, a 12 year old girl who’s life gets uprooted when tragedy strikes. She suddenly finds herself living with her great-aunt in Savannah, Georgia. She’s plunged into a world with eccentric neighbors and Southern hospitality. CeeCee tries to get comfortable in her new surroundings as she slowly learns to cope with her past.

My Thoughts on it:

  • This is one of those books that I’d heard great things about but never remembered to snag on my trips to the library. I finally changed that, and I’m so glad I did!
  • CeeCee’s story is so many things! It was sad, heartwarming, zany, hilarious…so much goes on in the life of this little girl.
  • The adventures CeeCee has! Hoffman was incredibly creative in conjuring up a realistic albeit eccentric world. And she describes so vividly that you almost feel like you’re there…and you definitely feel like you know the women in the story.
  • The symbolism was a little bit obvious…which might seem cheesy, but I thought it was fine. I think more important is that even with the sadness, there’s a happy ending and that portrays itself in some of the symbolism present.

My Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫-4 1/2 stars

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

This book’s about: Mindy Kaling and her thoughts on stuff.

My Thoughts on it:

  • I’d say the main point of this book is Kaling’s rise to stardom and how she worked her butt off for it….but it really is also just about stuff. Like she talks about everything from her thoughts on weddings to Hollywood’s body shaming. It’s random but hilarious.
  • So most of the book is centered around her show, The Mindy Project. I watched Season 1 a few years back, but forever in my heart, Mindy Kaling will be Kelly Kapoor. And I love her writing style because her tone is so distinct it’s almost as though she is reading the book aloud. Or Kelly is. Same same.
  • There was a little bit of inappropriateness in her book…some swears and a small section on sex. All things considered, I thought it was fairly tame.
  • The very end of her book is when she really focused on her main point, which was confidence. And I really thought what she had to say on the topic was super interesting and conversation worthy.
  • Also, she was asked to give a speech at Harvard for the Law graduates, which she included in the book, and it was hilarious. I wish she gave a speech at my graduation.

My Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫-3 1/2 stars

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You are my Cupcake by Joyce Wan

This book’s about: Cupcakes…and peanuts…and pumpkins!

My Thoughts on it:

  • Well, thanks for letting me include one of our favorite baby books! Ha! This book is just super cute! It takes all of 1 minute to read (I’ve read it a couple dozen times…with many dozen more to come, I’m sure), but it’s adorableness on every single page. I love the artwork. Super fun.
  • I may or may not have been attracted to this book because…sparkles!
  • For the record, my sister-in-law bought Joyce Wan’s My Lucky Little Dragon for her 4 year old son, and he loves it! Boy appropriate and great for older teenies too.

My Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-4 stars

2 thoughts on “Books I’ve Read Lately

  1. You included so many books I know and love! I really enjoyed Seabiscuit and LOVED Saving CeeCee Honeycut!! Mindy Kaling is seriously one of my faves! Have you read her first book. It’s seriously one of my yearly must-reads, which is saying something because I don’t often re-read books. Now I’ve got to go and look up your mystery author!

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