Sunday Synopsis

Last week I took a bit of a slow week. I got a few errands and chores done, got most of the things we need for this week’s Thanksgiving dinner, but otherwise I spent my time reading and resting and preparing for the week coming up. I haven’t had a traditional Thanksgiving in a while, so this year I decided to read some books that felt on theme with the holiday.

Last Week I Finished Reading

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – An Andalusian shepherd dreams of finding a treasure in Egypt and embarks on a journey to find it. A charming read about following your dreams.

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard – A children’s book about the history and significance of fry bread. Both adorable and informative.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – A single mother in high school, Emoni does her best to take care of her daughter and abuela while dreaming of becoming a chef after graduation. A unique YA read about growing up in situation that makes pursuing your dreams feel frivolous, and realizing how important it is to do things for yourself.

Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates – Katie Lightfoot came to Savannah to help her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery. When Ben is suspected of murdering a customer, Katie and Lucy work their magic to find the real killer. A cozy mystery with murder, food, magic and romance.

Manhunt by James Patterson and James O. Born – Michael Bennett has a close call with his family when someone attacks the Thanksgiving Day Parade that sparks a hunt for whoever is responsible.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi – Harriet Lee has a long history with gingerbread that began in the possibly fictional land of her youth, Druhástrana. She recounts those day when her teenage daughter Perdita attempts to find Harriet’s childhood friend Gretel. A surreal modern fairy tale.

A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry – Gracie, a former maid, fills in for a distressed Millie when things go missing in her employer’s home. In an effort to uncover what is happening in the home, Gracie returns to life as a maid to find out the truth. Heartwarming and hopeful and a little sad, this was a delightful holiday story.

Currently Reading

Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park, book 1
by Michael Crichton

I’m finally getting around to this. Jurassic Park is my favorite movie, so I’ve been nervous to pick up this book, but I’m so glad to be reading it now.

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

A comical tale about a couple skipping out on the chaos and consumerism of Christmas.

Last Week’s Posts

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Review
Top Five Books Set in the Future
History as Fantasy
20 Questions Book Tag
Non-Fiction Genre I Wish I Read More