I love this prompt since it forced me to go through my GIANT TBR shelf on Goodreads and really think about the books I added. More often than not, I’ve long forgotten why I added something, so if I rediscover and am still excited about it, there’s a good chance it really belongs! This week, I picked an action-filled classic, a natural history book, and finally a cult-favorite cookbook despite having no photographs.
Who hasn’t heard of this classic?! I absolutely LOVED The Count of Monte Cristo and the two books are apparently very similar, so I just know I’m going to enjoy this one too. The main thing holding me back from reading it is the sheer length – CoMC took me forever and a day to get through, despite being incredibly thrilling and exciting, so I need to be in the right mindset before I hunker down.
Authors who take complex ideas and put them into everyday, accessible language are doing God’s work. Bill Bryson is one of my favorite writers for this – I’ve read several of his books now and have liked them immensely because he’s not only highly informational but also folksy and humorous, and A Short History of Nearly Everything is no exception. How do I know this? Because I’ve actually started it a couple times but never got past the third chapter because it’s so dense 😅Despite that, I really love his writing and I’m determined to finish it some day.
Despite having no drool-worthy food photos at all – yes, seriously – I think I saw/heard this book referenced EVERYWHERE for the first 12 months after it was published. It was totally inescapable. Samin Nosrat wanted her book to be filled with illustrations and art instead, to go along with her “truly understanding cooking” philosophy.
I never picked it up because I rarely cooked at that point in my life, but now that that’s changing, I’d love to give it a shot.
Have you read any of these? What books do you have as your likely 5 star reads?