January Reading List

  1. Eligible by Curtin Sittenfield. Eligible is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which isn’t necessarily it’s crowning achievement. While it doesn’t compliment the original really at all, I thought the novel was cute and charming. It was a perfect beach read that I enjoyed while laying by the pool in Hawaii. But then again…how could anything be bad there? 🙂
  2. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. I’m still feeling a tad bewildered by this novel.  First, I typically love any sort of novel or memoir about food, restaurants, and cooking. I just find them fascinating. Sweetbitter is a novel about a naive twenty-something named Tess who leaves her life behind to start over in NYC and gets a job at one of the best restaurants in the city.  The parts about food I loved. The rest was just bizarre. There didn’t seem to be any real narrative or direction. The main character (and most of the characters in the novel for that matter) is a mess and spends most of the novel in a drunken, drug induced haze. I just couldn’t get into it. But I have another food memoir on my nightstand that I’m pretty excited about…

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