1. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg. I super enjoyed this book—in fact, I finished it in two days. I love Molly Wizenberg’s voice. It is honest and easy to read, but also articulate, witty, and incredibly rich. Delancey is a memoir about opening a pizzeria in Seattle with her husband, Brandon. It’s about the dream and the heartache of opening your own business, but it’s also about marriage and relationships and change and figuring out how to fit into the life you’ve chosen. Also, Delancey is about food. And I love reading about food. I just love it. I hate cooking (although I’m working on that), but I love to eat really good food and reading about it is almost as good. If you’re into food and novels, Ruth Reichl’s Delicious is another favorite. Just make sure you have a snack when you sit down to read.
2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I picked up this book because a friend clued me in to the fact that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, and I will read any and everything that woman ever writes. I was skeptical about this book after being really disappointed by Rowling’s other adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a mystery thriller that follows private detective’s Cormoran Strike’s investigation into the suicide/murder of a world-famous supermodel. I actually really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing, well-written, and I didn’t guess the ending (which is always crucial with mysteries). The sequel is on my reading list for next month.
3. The Vacationers by Emma Straub. This book would have been a great beach read, but it’s 28 degrees outside. So instead, I enjoyed this novel snuggled up in bed with my Christmas pajamas and a good cup of coffee. The Vacationers was a fun, easy read about the things that really go on inside a family—the hurts, the laughs, the lies, and loving each other in spite of it all. The story was set in Palma, Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain that I travelled to when I went to visit my friend Laura in Madrid. I love reading books set in places I’ve been, and I also love Spain—the sun, the people, the food. Take me back!