Good Reads: January 2020

Posted by Courtney Frye on

January is my favorite time of year to get lost in a book. At the end of the day, I like to cozy up under the covers and live vicariously through someone else's life. It's the perfect escape from reality when I just need a time out from the chaos of the day. 

I made a personal goal to read 12 books in 2020. Just 12. To some, that may be a lot. To most, that may be too few. For me, it's a stretch and a challenge because I rarely make the time to read. In a tech savvy world, it's easier to get lost in other peoples realities through the black whole of social media so for this year, I want to shift back to books because nothing feels better than holding a book in my hands!

 

Ideally, I'd say I'll read one book a month to get my 12 but in retail reality, nothing will get read during the fourth quarter of holiday mayhem. So I'm starting off this year with two books under my belt! Read on, readers, for my review!

RUSH by Lisa Patton

Set on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi, Lisa takes you on the journey of sorority rush through the eyes of women, young and old, from both ends of the social spectrum. From Annie Laurie - the extremely wealthy freshman who's mother, Lilith Whitmore, is sorority royalty, to Cali - the hall mate who's motherless and lacking the proper pedigree, you'll follow along their first few months of college as they prepare for rush, a sacred sorority tradition with a side of mama drama! But the real deal of the story is seeing all of this through the eyes of the Alpha Delta Beta housekeeper, Miss. Pearl. Having fallen in to this job 20+ years ago, it's all she knows. Until the house mother steps down and suddenly, Miss Pearl finds herself completely qualified and eager to apply for the promotion except for the one thing she knows they won't accept... the color of her skin. 

If you read and liked The Help, you'll fall in love with Rush for all the same reasons. Cheering on the underdogs and waiting for sorority royalty to fall from grace while in the end, secretly hoping Miss Pearl gets the job, and benefits, she deserves. 

Having gone to an all girls college myself, we felt like one big sorority.So I've always been intrigued by the Greek life experience at larger universities. It took me until 1/3 of the way through the book to really get in to it, to the point of not putting it down. But in the end, I'd give this 4 out of 5 stars! And a final shout out to my friend, Meghan Pridemore, for loaning me the book! I'll be returning it to you soon!  

 

The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

For a book that hooks you on page 1, The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan gets a 5 out of 5 from me! I was kind of dreading the start of a new book thinking it would take me a bit to get in to it, but that was not the case with this good read! Amy takes you on a story of recently divorced and single mom, Izzy, who has a great job with a blog on the side. All harmless fun and games until her ex shows up with his new girlfriend at their son's soccer game and before she can stop it, she speaks to life an imaginary boyfriend, named Mac. Before long her imaginary dating life takes the internet by storm. What's worse, her best friend, Jade, runs a trendy website and talks Izzy into being a columnist for the new Philly-Over-Forty page designed to engage with fellow readers navigating the dating scene for people "over the hill." Izzy couldn't say no since she needed the extra cash and before long, her web of lies that started with a little white one have tangled her up in one pretty big mess. You'll fall in love with the 80 year old neighbor, Mrs. Feldman, who knew Izzy as a child and you'll crave the bond these two ladies share even though they are generations apart. 

It was a fast read and completely clean of any foul language. You know it's a good read when you just finished the book and you already miss the characters!

Already on to book #3 so until next time...


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