Winter Reads - Mystery and Memoirs

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It's been snowing in the Seattle area, and the roads are closed and the walkways are slippery. I've been entertaining myself by reading...  

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie 

As many of you may know, I absolutely love mystery stories. I haven't read a lot of Agatha Christie in my line, but I've always found her works delightful. After so many years of mysteries, the start of this story isn't original anymore. There starts a string of murders. Someone with the name "A", in a town that starts with the letter "A", then "B", then "C". Despite the premise, when it came for the twist in the story, I found myself genuinely surprised! That surprise made this a great read. I highly recommend it. It's a short book filled with interesting character and a plot with many twists. 

Fresh off the Boat by Eddie Huang 

You've probably heard of this from the television series, Fresh off the Boat. While I LOVE the show, the book was very very different. The television show is highly sanitized and a very American-Dream, White-Picket-Fence version of the book. So, I'm not going to say that you'll love the book if you love the show, but I did love the book. It covers Eddie Huang's stories growing up, his criminal charges and of course, food. You get to see the real way immigrant parents treat their children--which isn't always flattering but also filled with so much love. If you're interested in books about the Asian American experience, I highly recommend this! 

Delancy by Molly Wizenberg

I heard of Molly Wizenberg through the hit podcast Spilled Milk (which I learned about through the equally awesome podcast Sporkful). It's your standard food podcast, but the hosts have an infectious personality. Through the course of the podcast, Molly plugs a few times how she owns a pizza restaurant named Delancy and has written a book about the set up of that restaurant. I read most of the book, but alas, could not finish before I had to return it to the library. I enjoyed this book: the love story was charming, the stress was real, and overall, it was vulnerable. But while I liked it, it wasn't a page turner for me and I didn't feel the need to press on to see what would happen. ...I already knew that the restaurant made it! I'd recommend it if you're into seeing how much goes into setting up a brand new restaurant.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

I first heard of this book on the Forever 35 Podcast, and didn't understand the appeal. It's about a woman who uses prescription drugs to enter a year of hibernation. This novel was a relatively quick read and it's appeal isn't in necessary what happens throughout the book, but the author's ability to elicit emotion from you. Some have appreciated the book's dark humor but others have found the characters despicable and irredeemable, so much so that the novel itself is unreadable. For me? I found the idea of a year long medically included hibernation both potentially relaxing and deeply troubling. Recommended as a quick, easy read. 

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  1. I love mystery stories and Agatha Christie is always a great choice!

    1. The weather in London, UK is no better either, such the perfect time to cuddle up with a book! Delancy sounds like a great book will be adding it to my reading list! - x

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