Quick Lit: Bakers, Rogues, Roses, and Beetles

This month, I’m joining in a round of Quick Lit, a rundown of the books I’ve read over the past month. (I was inspired to do this by Anne Bogel — you can read her October Quick Lit post here!) This month has been a real grab bag for me: lots of mystery and romance, which have been staples for me in 2020, and some non-fiction, too.

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

I’ve spent all summer with the Maisie Dobbs detective series, and I love the deliberate, careful, and kind private investigator more with each adventure. The sixth installment was a tough read, with heavy subject matter about mental illness and PTSD. But I also really enjoyed seeing Maisie hold her own as part of a Scotland Yard investigation, and I absolutely love the way that the character is allowed to grow and evolve as part of the series.

Among the Mad on Amazon
Among the Mad on Bookshop



The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

This was just the perfect cozy read for the changing autumn season. A young pastry chef leaves her job in Boston to bake at a charming inn in rural Vermont. It’s a book about family, love, and the best blue ribbon apple pie around. If you loved Gilmore Girls, this book is for you!

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living on Amazon
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living on Bookshop




Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

I think about Sarah Hagi’s famous phrase “Lord, grant me the confidence of a mediocre white man,” at least once a day. Oluo’s new book explores why so many unexceptional white men have managed to maintain a hold on power in spite of their mediocrity. The book covers all kinds of territory, from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to the modern-day NFL. An engaging and thought-provoking read! (Out on December 1; thanks to Net Galley and Seal Press for providing me with an ARC!)

Mediocre on Amazon
Mediocre on Bookshop



A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

I absolutely loved the first book in the League of Extraordinary Women series, and Dunmore’s second book completely lived up to its predecessor. Lucie is an intrepid suffragist who plans on buying a publishing house to help spread her political message far and wide; Tristan is her childhood friend who stands in the way of her plan. It’s a delightfully unconventional love story.

A Rogue of One’s Own on Amazon
A Rogue of One’s Own on Bookshop



Good Morning, Good Life by Amy Schmittauer Landino

I would really like to be a morning person. Something about getting up bright and early, being productive right from the get-go, and feeling all energized is really appealing to me. But, ugh, I’m not. I’m one of those people who watches lots of YouTube videos about morning routines, hoping to find the one that will help me transform into a morning person. This book includes a whole lot of tips and ideas to use to make mornings more palatable.

Good Morning, Good Life on Amazon
Good Morning, Good Life on Bookshop



Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

I have succumbed to the new season of The Bachelorette, partly because I’m dying for new TV, and partly because I’m very intrigued by the rumors that something goes haywire in the season (!). I’ve had Kaufman’s insider story about the franchise on my list for quite some time, and it was the perfect time to pick it up. It’s juicy and fun, but it’s also a deeply interesting deep-dive into the world of “reality” TV.

Bachelor Nation on Amazon
Bachelor Nation on Bookshop



Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

I’m about halfway through this book, and it’s been absolutely wonderful so far. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it! It’s the story of a woman in post-war Britain who decides to fulfill a life-long goal with an adventure halfway around the world. There’s a healthy dose of whimsy and fantasy to the writing — almost like if Call the Midwife were written by the creators of Pushing Daisies. (Out on November 3; thanks to Net Galley and The Dial Press for providing me with an ARC!)

Miss Benson’s Beetle on Amazon
Miss Benson’s Beetle on Bookshop



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