books I read this month

What I read in December

The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh (solid, well paced)

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney (sad but good, he seems very honest about his marriage, he sounded like an awful husband for years)

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan (this was unexpectedly a legal drama? It was very repetitive because we read what happened when it happened or they thought about it and then again during the court case. A real failure of the book jacket blurb)

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool by Clara Parkes (I am flummoxed she made this her life’s work)

Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me by Erin Keane (A little all over the place)

My Favorite Recipe: A Collection of Favorite Recipes by Marylanders by Helen Henry, food editor: The Evening Sun (super cute essays)

Guess who Died?: Memories of Baltimore with Recipes by Mindell Dubansky (it seems like she got a grant to write this. Why???? It was so bad and the recipes had no connection to anything)

The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams (I liked it but I think some people are going to hate it)

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld (fun! comedy and Covid)

She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran (messy)

The Widowmaker by Hannah Morrissey (disappointing and grim)

The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale (strange pacing)

Games and Rituals by Katherine Heiny (I liked it but some turns of phrase were a little repetitive and I wish it was a novel)

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (I didn’t really enjoy the second half when they were adults)

Hidden in Snow: The Åre Murders #1 by Viveca Sten (disappointing, the characters were fun but the mystery was bad)

The Woods by Vanessa Savage (disappointing)

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage (disappointing)

Recipe for Disaster: 40 Superstar Stories of Sustenance and Survival edited by Alison Riley (bad)

The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly (fun! Seemed tailor made for me-A treasure hunt, skeletons, stained glass, narrowboats, foster kids!)

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas (Not bad but the main character was a little frustrating—her mom walked all over her and she never thought anything through.)

Mon mari by Maud Ventura (so much fun and an actual twist!)

The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding (bad)

Raffia Work and Basketry by Albert H. Crampton (oddly casually racist)

The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption by Katy Kelleher (disappointing)

The Family Plot by Megan Collins (bad)

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (what a disappointment!)

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