What Jubi’s Been Reading

Thanks to my local library and also my Nook color, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. So what have I read recently?

I had been hearing good things about Daniel Black’s Perfect Peace, but I was very late in picking it up. It started off kinda slow for me, but I really got into it on a day when I was stuck in the lab with nothing to do besides read & watch samples drip (and no I’m not joking about the dripping part). The story of the Peace family was so amazing, I finished the book in one day. I really enjoyed this book, especially the writing & storytelling. If you’re looking for an excellent read that is also thought-provoking, pick up Perfect Peace.

J. California Cooper is one of my Top Five fave writers of all time, I absolutely love her & everything she’s written, so I was excited when I was finally able to pick up her latest work, Life Is Short But Wide. Similarly to her other works, this book centers on a central group of characters in a small town, all looking for one thing – love. The story is told by an unnamed character, which gives it a feeling as if you were hearing this story from an elderly family member or good friend. I enjoyed the story, though the ending was very predictable and I felt it dragged a bit. Given that I’m so familiar with her other works, I felt it was a bit too similar to some other things she’s written. If you’re a J. California Cooper fan, you will enjoy this book, while also seeing the similarities to her other books.

Kelly Cutrone’s book had been on my reading list for a while, and I snagged a copy from my local library via Overdrive, so I was able to read it on my Nook color #yay. If You Have To Cry, Go Outside is an autobiography or memoir disguised as a self-help book. I expected something similar to Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office or Naked In The Boardroom (excellent books btw), yet what I got was a book all about Kelly Cutrone with some advice thrown in. Don’t get me wrong, Kelly Cutrone is fabulous & has had an amazing career…but I was expecting something different. It reads very well though, and is written in a very easy-going style that I’m sure will resonate with readers.

So initially I was turned off by 32 Candles…I got a sample from the B&N store on my Nook color & let me tell you, it didn’t do the book justice at all. I’m glad I stuck with it, because this book was a page-turner! The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending, which I thought was way too convenient & completely unrealistic. But other than that, I really enjoyed the story & also the writing.

I know there’s a lot of controversy around The Help…but I gotta say, I couldn’t put it down. I flew through the 400+ pages of this book. I was really drawn to the story of the lives of Black maids & the White women they work for in Mississippi in the 1960s. I definitely wanted the story to continue.

I’ve kind of exhausted my reading list so I need some recommendations. What should I read? What do you suggest? Let me know!

  • Laughing808

    I had the opportunity to attend a book club luncheon where Daniel Black read a few chapters and boy oh boy did I really want that book. He is a GREAT narrator in person. I haven’t had a chance to read the book just yet, but I certainly plan to once the price comes down or I get a chance to reserve it at the library.

    I do alot of reading as well and I love my Kindle, but most of the things I’ve been reading lately are urban dramas. Not sure if you are interested in those.