Don’t let the title of this post fool you: I’m nowhere near close to running out of reading material … No, in fact, I’m more stocked than ever thanks to a local book sale over the weekend. However, this week’s First Line Friday isn’t focused on all the books I’ll get around to (eventually). Instead, I’m writing about the last ten books I actually read. All of these come from the past couple of weeks, where apparently I was on a mission to tackle as many genres as possible.
It Must’ve Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything
by Jeffrey Steingarten
Steingarten has long appeared as a judge on culinary cooking shows, where quick soundbites often paint him as a hardened, pompous gourmand. However, in this collection of essays, while his love of food can sometimes veer into snobby territory, he showcases immeasurable charm. This is a guy who knows his food, knows he knows his food, and can’t wait to let everyone else know.
Gil’s All Fright Diner
by A. Lee Martinez
Although it’s not something I write a lot about, I really love horror novels. After years of having this book recommended to me, my only complaint is that it took me so long to get around to it. Part nightmare, part comedy—I was often left laughing and wincing all in the same sentence.
The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain
by Alisa Craig
I really enjoy cozies written in the 1980s and prior, mostly because the genre wasn’t as defined as it is now. For instance, here the main sleuth, Dittany Henbit, barely investigates the death of a man shot by an arrow practically in front of her. Still, it’s a genuinely fun book.
Last Chapter and Worse
by Gary Larson
A recent question on Twitter prompted hundreds of responses about the best Far Side comics. Since I couldn’t settle on an answer myself, I thought I’d revisit one of Gary Larson’s collections for inspiration. Really, he’s created a bad one, though this might be my favorite … or this … or …
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
by Lyla Lee
illustrated by Dung Ho
Childhood is hard enough, but toss in a new school and a small business run out of your lunchbox, and that’s another level of stress. This is a surprisingly touching chapter book that hits on a lot of big ideas while still being laugh-out-loud funny.
The President is Missing
by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
The president spends several pages justifying the killing of seven children in a drone strike.
Second Chance on Cypress Lane
by Reese Ryan
While Dakota’s struggle returning home in the middle of a scandal after years away is compelling—as is her meeting up with Dexter, her first love—it’s really the entire cast of characters in this beautiful island community that captured my attention. All around, a perfect read.
by Pam Smy
I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels this year, and Thornhill reminded me why that was such a great idea. Dark and atmospheric, I had goosebumps as everything was drawn together at the end.
Tiara’s Hat Parade
by Kelly Starling Lyons
illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
One of the sweetest picture books I’ve read in a long time. From gorgeous illustrations to a genuinely heartfelt story, I cannot recommend this one enough.
The Whole Cat and Caboodle
by Sofie Ryan
Well, it’s not a list of my recent reads unless there’s more than one cozy mystery. This is a great start to a series with such a compelling investigation. Plus, it prominently features a cat, which is never a negative.
Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.