Ah, it’s my September book review day! I hope you had the most wonderful time this September! I love the month of September. September 1st is my favorite day of the year, and here’s why. In my book, it’s the beginning of the most magical time of the year. I love summer, but it tends to be so busy that it’s hard to appreciate. It makes me look forward to the slowness of the fall. Once September rolls around, the holiday season is right around the corner, pumpkin flavors are everywhere, and cozy sweaters are on the horizon. Some of my favorite traditions happen during the fall. With how hectic it has been finishing our home renovation to sell our house, we may not have time to pick apples or carve pumpkins, but I’m going to soak up as much as possible. Without further ado, my book review…
If you missed my August Book Review:
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Every so often, I like to sprinkle in a memoir. I kept seeing this book all over and thought, why not? I knew nothing about Stanley Tucci other than that one character from one popular movie. Hello, Meryl Streep!
*Cough* I love The Devil Wears Prada. *Cough*
After reading his story, I now love Stanley Tucci even beyond that movie! This book was witty, endearing, and honest. Throughout his story, you get Stanley’s sincere inner thoughts. Sometimes dry and sarcastic, but charming nonetheless. He talks about growing up in New York, the film industry, living in London, marriage, love and death, and most importantly, food. I want to try out all the recipes woven throughout this book. Don’t tell Stanley, but I’ve been putting cream in my Carbonara recipe. Oops… This book made me want to go back to Italy!
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Now on to the most talked about book of the year. My expectations were high, and this novel had a lot of potential. I hate to say it, but I was not a fan. The main characters were interesting, and the plot was unique. That is where my compliments start and end. Two aspects of this story completely took away my enjoyment. My first issue was the dog. I love dogs, but I don’t need entire chapters from the dog’s point of view. I found those so far fetched and unnecessary. I started skipping those sections, which made me enjoy the book more. Okay, so that’s a minor gripe. The second issue is why I got completely turned off by the book. The author mentions multiple times that this is a free country and we have a right to our beliefs. I 100% agree with that statement. However, she makes it a main theme to belittle anyone of faith. In my opinion, this theme was entirely irrelevant to the plot. I don’t need a fictional character to believe in God, but it felt less like the character’s actual opinion and more like the author making a point as often as she could through the character.
It’s a short list this month and split on how much I enjoyed my reading. I have high hopes for next month. Until then, have a wonderful day!
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