So it’s been a minute since I’ve talked about my life. One of my intentions for 2020 was to read on a regular basis. I have somewhat kept this goal. If you are interested in learning what a random girl on the internet reads, keep scrolling!
1. The Lager Queen of Minnesota
This book radiates warmth. It’s a casual read in the best way. This book shares the journey of two sisters. The sisters are exact opposites and go on to live extremely different lives. One starts a successful beer company with her husband and the other just barely makes ends meet. Be prepared for a lot of beer and a lot of pies. My only complaint with this book is that if you are not from the midwest some of the smaller details might be confusing.
2. Gone Girl
Loved the movie and loved the book! This thriller follows a woman’s disappearance, but it’s not a typical story. “Gone Girl” shares intimate insights into an apparent blissful marriage. The chapters are reminiscent of diary entries. Amy, the wife, goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. Nick, the husband, becomes the prime suspect. The more you read, the more you question who these people are. I’m late to the party on this one, but this is a great choice for those that prefer mysteries and thrillers.
3. SALT FAT ACID HEAT
All home cooks need to read this book! Samin Nosrat leads readers through the basic elements of cooking – salt, fat, acid, and heat. It’s beautifully written (with beautiful illustrations) and is suited for all levels. While there are recipes, this isn’t a traditional cook book. This is more of a cooking book that guides readers through the science of food and best practices for cooks. I don’t have much else to say besides get your hands on this book!
Full disclosure, I have not started reading this. “Persuasion” is by Jane Austen. This is the last full novel completed by Jane Austen. This book centers around Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman, whose family has to move because of financial issues. They rent their home to a couple. The wife’s brother is Anne’s ex fiancé, Frederick Wentworth. They are both unattached and according to plot summaries, they have many humorous encounters. Initially, they did not get married because her father and sister did not think he was a suitable match based on his status. Will they have a second chance at love? I’m looking forward to reading this because I tend to enjoy classics.
5. The Grapes of Wrath
“The Grapes of Wrath” is a realist novel written by John Steinbeck. Fun fact: John Steinbeck is my favorite writer. I read this book in high school, but I am wanting to reread it. This novel is set during the Great Depression and focuses on the Joads, a poor family working as tenant farmers. Trapped in the Dust Bowl, they decide to travel to California seeking a brighter future. This is one of Steinbeck’s best works and is often noted as being the reason for his Nobel Prize.
A note on inequality…I started writing this post before the tragic death of George Floyd. Unfortunately, police brutality toward marginalized groups is not a new occurrence. I am guilty of not speaking out against previous injustices. We have seen too many lives lost at the hands of those who are supposed to serve and protect. Whether the media displays it or not, pay gaps are real, hate crimes happen, systemic racism is a disease, and humans rights seem to be only for a few select groups. I just want to be clear with where I stand and where my platform stands. This space supports Black Lives Matter. If I consider myself ethical, I must recognize that while food is political, it is only a small aspect of what it means to be ethical. I stand in solidarity with BIPOC. Racism is very much alive in America. I am challenging myself and others to educate themselves, donate to causes that fight systemic racism, and advocate for change. No one is expecting perfection, but trying is better than going back to “the usual”.
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