Hi my name is Michelina and I’m addicted to books! To know more about me, visit my About page.
I will keep a list of books that I have read and am currently reading on this page. Please feel free to recommend books as I am always looking for new ones as well as new authors.
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon. (Started 3/28/13-Finished 4/1/13)
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced is a fantastic novel that chronicles Dixon’s journey through the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). I was amazed at how great of a novel this memoir was. I am not normally one for non-fiction, especially biographies and memoirs, but this was a fantastic first-point of view account of his time at the CIA. Please read my review of this novel.
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe (Started 3/22/13-Finished 3/25/13)
The House of Velvet and Glass is the second great novel by Katherine Howe that I have read. Howe does a fantastic job exploring the history of New England in a unique combination of fiction mixed with nonfiction. Howe has a great way of creating a fictional voice to take the reader through a historical experience. The characters in this novel are moving, but also are laced with a smattering of the mystical that seems to be Howe’s forte in writing. To read more about this novel, please find my review of the novel here.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Started 2/6/13-Finished 3/9/13)
Sweet Tooth was the February book for the Pi Beta Phi book club. I started reading this book with higher expectations than the January book, because I was so impressed with Blackberry Winter. However, Sweet Tooth fell short of my expectations. I had a difficult time identifying with the main character, and the pace of the novel was slow. This is a rare book that I don’t think I could recommend to anyone with any confidence and also one that I had a hard time finishing – again, a rarity. Read my review of this novel here.
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (Started 1/12/13-Finished 1/13/13)
Blackberry Winter was the January book for the Pi Beta Phi book club that started this year. I went into reading this book without having any expectations as I hadn’t heard much about it. As it turned out, I fell in love with this book and couldn’t put it down. The story was so moving and the way the characters tied together the past and present made the story beautiful without being sappy. This is a great book for any reader. The details and my review of this novel can be found here.
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer (Started 1/2/13-Finished 1/9/13)
Another great book by Meltzer giving the reader conspiracy and intrigue. The different perspectives and pieces of information presented by the characters keep the reader guessing as to “who done it.” Because of the fact that school started back up, this novel took me a little longer to read, but it was still a page turner. Read my review of the novel here.
The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer (Finished 1/1/13)
This was a book that had been sitting on the bookshelf in my home office that at some point was bought but I had obviously forgotten that it was there was the school year began. I was searching for a new novel to read when I ran across it. Intrigued, I began reading it and was instantly immersed in the life of Ben Addison, the main character. Read my review of the novel here.