Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Book 46 in 2019.

“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by, Sonali Dev.

I have not read a book in a very long time that I could not put down. I could NOT put this down. At least I didn’t want to. Such a great story. It reminded me so much of a kdrama, ups and downs, misunderstood characters, overbearing parents, a little romance, and a lurking bad guy who needs to be called out. Yes. Good stuff. A little bit of hardcore language but nothing overwhelming.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Trisha Raje, has a rocky relationship with her large, close, wealthy family. Her older brother is running for the governor of California. The Raje’s have hired Chef DJ Caine to cater their fundraising events. When Trisha and DJ meet, first impressions are rough at best. Their lives become intertwined at every level and they have to figure out how to work together with out killing each other. Drama ensues.

This book.

I can’t wait to check out some more of Sonali Dev’s other books. Overall afterthought, more please!

The Actor’s Life

Book 45 in 2019.

“The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide” by, Jenna Fisher.

So I thought this was more of an autobiography when I started reading it. I think the “A Survival Guide” should of been an amazing, large print, clue that is was in fact a survival guide of sorts. Ha. My bad.

However, I still read it just because I love Jenna Fisher. She did have a lot of stories of her experiences as an actor. She gives a detailed account of the things you need to start, how to endure the struggle, and words of encouragement. So if you are thinking about becoming an actor, and wondering what it takes, it is probably a great start. If you just enjoy reading and learning about new things it’s pretty interesting. Honestly, it gave me so much respect for the actor life. Overall afterthought, I really liked it.

Two Steps Forward

Book 44 in 2019.

“Two Steps Forward” by, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.

I love Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project”. He wrote this book with his wife, which I find just absolutely amazing. My husband and I have been married for nineteen years, and I don’t think we could work together on anything other than “life”. Ha!

This story was sort of sad, and did not really end the way I wanted it to. However, I thought it was a good. I don’t want to enjoy watching people mourn and struggle. Zoe and Martin’s journey on the Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain was kind of inspiring. It’s not often that I want to go hike anywhere. Ok, I never want to hike anywhere. Ever. This book made me contemplate the possibility. (Don’t worry, this too shall pass). Overall afterthought, decent.

The Library at the Edge of the World

Book 43 in 2019.

“The Library at the Edge of the World” by, Felicity Hayes-McCoy.

So I just wanted something light and fluffy. This was not it. I finished it just to finish it. Ha. Sometimes when I feel like it, I will power through.

Hanna Casey is a forty something divorcée, living with her cranky mother in the hills of Ireland. She works at the library and drives the mobile bus to deliver books to more remote villages. When her library is threatened by the surrounding village councils plan to build a cruise port, she rallies together new friends to fight for their little town.

Eh. Just not my favorite. I really wanted to like it. I love libraries so much! Ha. Yet, it was hard for me to really get into it. Overall afterthought, eh just ok.

The Road Back to You

Book 42 in 2019.

“The Road Back to You” by, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

This year has been a bit challenging, and I am knocking on forty’s door. Yikes. With all that, comes a little self reflection. Am I officially an adult? Why can’t I let some things go? Why do I feel the need to correct idiots when they open their mouth, when deep down I hate confrontation? Is it normal to be a hot mess in my head, and have a face of composure? Round and round and round I go.

So I guess this is a start, to wrap myself around my own brain. Ha. I really enjoyed Ian Cron’s simple explanations of the Enneagram’s numbers. Here is his definition of the the Enneagram from his website :

I took a test to see what numbers I could be, and could definitely see a lot of myself in what they represented. I really think this is just a beginning point of self discovery. I am interested in digging a little deeper. Overall afterthought, very interesting indeed.


Book 41 in 2019.

“Between, Georgia” by, Joshilyn Jackson.

I have yet to read a Joshilyn Jackson book that I did not like. I have so enjoyed all her stories of brave, resilient, sassy, southern women! Even though the characters have the same traits, each story is so unique and different.

Nonny is adopted into the Fret family on the day she is born. However, the feisty, angry, crazy family the Crabtree’s, have never gotten over the fact that she was really one of them. When Nonny’s Aunt is attacked by one of the Crabtree’s doberman’s, she is in the middle of an even more vicious feud, and feels the need to try and smooth things over.

Family feuds, small town life, heartache, adoption, and love, all wrapped up in one great story. Overall afterthought, good stuff.