Another monthly update of what I have been reading. I am ahead of schedule for my Good Reads 30 book challenge this year, which isn’t really surprising when I actually relax enough to read. I read pretty fast when I have a chance to sit down and do it, which I have been making sure I do. Especially with the way work has been lately. Oh, and my new computer is still not set up. The process started today, but there was a problem with it (surprise, surprise). I am hoping the old computer holds together long enough to get this new one set up so I don’t lose any work time.
Now the books!
Salt, Sugar and Fat by Michael Ross
This book is really about the rise of the processed food industry and it is kind of scary, really. It all comes down to money. Even supposed ‘healthy’ foods are only designed with the idea of making lots of money and the purported health benefits are tenuous at best. The book is in 3 parts, each dealing with sugar, salt and fat and how the 3 combined actually magnify each other as far as palatability and desire to eat more. I really found the inner workings of some of the companies intriguing as well, particularly the egotism. At one point, Kellog’s dictated what type of car you could drive into the lot. You had to be in a certain level of the company to drive certain cars. Ridiculous, no?
Anyway, I would recommend this book to read. It will make you angry, but it also gives you a lot of food for thought – pun intended, I suppose!
The Bread is in the Bed by Glen Stanford
Okay, I guess my secret is out. I have a desire to own a bed and breakfast. I figured out that really is the only way I can get the property I want with gardens and that would be my job to take care of it. Anyway, this book was free for me to read through Amazon prime (which I love!) and I got it to try to convince myself I *didn’t* want to do it. In fact, the book tries to humorously get you to not do this business. It’s about how to run a B&B effectively and think about whether it is something you should be doing.
The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
This was a short book, but really a good book. It’s the story of Ms. Ora, her housekeeper Blanche, and a homeless man (the Pecan Man). They cover for 2 related crimes and the book follows the fallout of the the lies told and the crimes themselves on the characters. Racism and societal prejudice are common themes throughout the book.
So much of the story is about the lies you tell and how it affects you for the rest of your life and how coming clean in the end is the only way you can have peace. I really recommend this book! It’s a very short read, but a very good one.
The Good Knight (A Gwyneth and Gareth mystery) by Sarah Woodbury
This book was okay. Good for a summer beach read. I like reading about medieval times and I like mysteries, so thought I would give this a try. It’s about a a songstress and a knight. They reconnect on the way to a wedding trying to solve the mystery of who murdered a king and who is setting up Gareth. The mystery was solved about 70% through the book, so the rest seemed a bit of ‘now what?’
At times it felt the characters were too 21st century in their words and actions, so the book would lose some of the atmosphere. I think the author could have made this story better by fleshing out the characters more with descriptions and going into more depth of their history. Things were mentioned in passing that would have added a lot more depth and empathy for the characters had this been delved into. Again, a lighter summer read – library loan only. Not sure I would bother reading the other books in the series.
*** Just a note that I don’t put any Amazon linkies to these books because I didn’t purchase any of them. These were all borrowed.
I currently am about finished with a really good book that I will share next month!
What are you reading now?