One Sentence Recommendations: January

It’s been a rainy month here in Southern California which gives us Californians the excuse we rarely get: the excuse to stay inside. The nickname Sunny California is real and when it’s always beautiful and sunny and perfect outside, sitting inside to read makes me feel like someone is going to come and revoke my Californian club membership.

January felt like it went on forever, but I’m not complaining. Combine a long month with the rain and I was able to finish seven books this month, which for me means I had a damn good month of reading. But a new month starts tomorrow, the shortest month of the year, which means I have no time to waste writing long book reviews. Here’s this month’s One Sentence Recommendations.

If you’re looking for encouragement to stand up for what you believe, even if it means standing alone, you’re going to want to read Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.




If you like reading a book and thinking, “I want to be best friends with the author because she is smart and funny and had to cut herself out of a brand new J.Crew top that was trying to sufficate her”, you’ll love reading Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan.



If you love to cook and would love to be an even better cook by learning the importance of these four elements, you will want to read Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat.



If you want to read a book that is both beautifully written and hauntingly disturbing and won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017, you should read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.



If you like a young adult book that doesn’t feel like a young adult book with a twist near the end that you totally don’t see coming (well, I didn’t anyway), you will enjoy reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.



If you like to read book series that are quick reads leaving you hungry for the next, you will like the Winter Series from Elin Hilderbrand, Winter Solstice being the final one in the series.



If you need to slow down and reconnect with yourself in a healthy way that also includes learning to bake delicious bread, you will enjoy the memoir Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs by Dr. Beth Ricanati.

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