Monday Reading Check In

Monday Reading Check In

Thank you to Putnam Books for the free review copy of THE CHICKEN SISTERS by KJ Dell’Antonia!

Monday yet again, and a pretty dreary one outside here in Southern California! It has made getting moving and diving into the work week even more of a challenge! The weekend was good, though. I had a few booksta chats going on and a fun virtual happy hour with some friends which included a fun animal rescue tour! I didn’t get quite as much reading done as I had hoped, but that’s okay. I did get this awesome mug from my BFF last week who knew work was rough and I needed a pick me up!

Last night, I started THE CHICKEN SISTERS by KJ Dell’Antonia. I do love a good book centering around food or restaurants and this one seems like it will fill that niche nicely! In a small town in Kansas, two sisters started two competing chicken businesses, Mimi’s and Frannie’s, and they have been rivals ever since. The family business and the family rivalry have been passed down through the generations until an even bigger scandal in recent years, Amanda from Mimi’s married Frank and went to work with his family at Frannie’s!

Amanda is sick of the family feud and hoping to help both businesses when she sends in an email to the Food Wars reality TV restaurant competition. There is $100K on the line for the winner, but first she has to talk both families into participating. Amanda’s sister Mae is an organizational phenom with high hopes of being a reality TV star herself, but after her job gets put on hold she is called home to take up for Mimi’s in the restaurant battle.

This is as far as I got in my reading last night, but the writing immediately drew me into this comfort read and I’m looking forward to getting back into it tonight. Full review to come when I finish, but I’m looking forward to the family drama, humor and fun!

I did start a couple more new books recently as well (a couple of which are on the heavy side which is why I was thrilled to add a lighter read with THE CHICKEN SISTERS):

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF 9/11 by Garrett Graff is a compilation of first hand stories and accounts of 9/11 from cockpit recordings and phone calls from the planes to eye witness accounts from first responders and people in the towers and the Pentagon. I’m reading this one on audio and it is so well done, but such a tough and heart-breaking listen that I’m having to pace myself on this one.

THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS by Michelle Alexander takes a look at the ways in which the judicial system continues to promote discrimination against black Americans. I’m finding it to be a very interesting read, but another one that I’m needing to spread out a bit.

11/22/63 by Stephen King, on a more positive note, is a book that I’m loving. In this one English teacher Jake is shown a portal to the past by a friend. You can only travel to one specific day in history and each trip will wipe out any changes made in the prior trip, but it is possible to change things in the past. His friend has decided that stopping JFK’s assassination is a worthy change, so he sends Jake back. Jake has years to spend settling into the past while planning to save JFK. I’m part of two buddy reads for this one and I’m just past the halfway point.

Last but not least, I started NEVER GO FULL PAI by Jeffrey Eng yesterday as well. I won a copy of this one and joined a buddy read for it, so had some catch up to do. This one follows two young men, transplants to Vietnam working in a hostel for backpackers traveling the region. There are card names, pub crawls and friendships and I’m really enjoying this one so far!

Did you get any good reading in this weekend? What are you currently reading?

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