Tuesday, March 14, 2017

what I read in february

you guys {jana, steph, all the regulars, and new visitors} seriously keep me so motivated to read, even if it is only one book a month. this monthly link-up totally holds me accountable and thank you for that! 

I read sweetbitter in february, and let me just say that I couldn't wait to read this book. luckily, I got it for christmas and was all too excited to read it. I moved it up to the top of my long list of books to be read. to sum it up, it was interesting.


sweetbitter by stephanie dauler
twenty-two, and knowing no one, tess leaves home to begin her adult life in new york city. thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in new york city.” grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest champagnes, the appellations of burgundy. at the same time, she opens herself to friendships—and love—set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights.  as her appetites sharpen—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all. {amazon.com}

my take: B+
I feel like there are two proving grounds for youth in this life: retail and restaurants. people are mean, the stakes are high, and you learn lessons every day. I worked retail and although I never waited tables - I distinctly remember asking a customer in the fitting room if she wanted a larger size, only to be corrected by "yes, I would like a different size." she had a point. those years after college are so interesting and this book totally hits the nail on the head with the main character. I could totally relate to the themes of finding yourself, developing a palate, and getting hurt. this book could have been so endearing and so nostalgic. I also think there was something off for me about the drug use, I get the desire to make it realistic but the ending could have been so much more, in my opinion. it could have really tugged at the heartstrings, but in typical twenty-something detached ambiguity and deflection to avoid vulnerability, it ended flatly. I'm not saying it wasn't good, I'm just saying I would've done things differently.

have you read sweetbitter yet? what did you think? can't wait to see what you read this month!

21 comments:

  1. i have not read sweetbitter, i've heard mixed things. can't believe the lady in the dressing room corrected you. if i need a larger size, i need a larger size. lol.

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    1. and you know, "the customer is always right" so a different size it was ;)

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  2. I always look forward to this linkup so much too! I haven't read this book yet and have gone back and forth on wanting to read it because it seems to get really polarizing reviews, but yours has definitely swayed me more towards wanting to read it.

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  3. I didn't like it at all. It felt like it was trying too hard to be a cosmopolitan New York book and it fell completely flat. I can see why people liked it but it was not for me.

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    1. yea, I can see it both ways as well! it did make me want to eat more fancy food :)

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    1. I'm actually surprised that you haven't read it!

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  5. I have not read it. I believe it's on my TBR, along with a gazillion other books. I hate it when a book starts strongly but the ending is flat.

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    1. I can relate... sooo many books on the TBR

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  6. I haven't read it, and based on your review, I probably won't.

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  7. I've never heard of this one. Bummer that you were so excited to read it and didn't love it! I hate when that happens! I agree with you though, this link up keeps me totally motivated to keep reading too!

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    1. it's funny, my mom loved this book so I think that's what really made me have too high of expectations.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and that's great the link up keeps you reading (or helps you at least!).

    I have not read Sweetbitter...I'm not sure if it's a good fit for me or not.

    -Lauren

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    1. I think I was really drawn in by the book cover, so intriguing!

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  9. I think that I read a list somewhere last year about the best books to pick up in 2016 and Sweetbitter was one of them. I had heard mixed reviews about from a few people, but it's still one that I'd like to pick up eventually. This linkup totally keeps me reading accountable too!

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  10. Somehow I haven't even heard of this one yet, but it sounds interesting! :)

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    1. well that makes me feel really cool, because I always feel like I'm behind on reading and everyone's already read what I'm reading ;)

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  11. I've heard really mixed things about this one. Glad that you mostly enjoyed it! Here from SUYB. XO - Alexandra

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