Friday, May 7, 2010

Books I've Recently Read ...

That should be enough, right? All I should say, as a mom, is that you can't drink all day. 'Nuff said.

And yet, there is so much more!

I recently read
You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning, by Celia Rivenbark. A sweet Southern mama, she tells it like it is, shoots from the hip and is a total blast. And I only JUST learned that she has a Sunday column in our local paper. Where have I been the past four years? Oh, relocating to NC, having a baby who is now a three-year-old piece of work. Got it. THAT's what I've been up to!

Anyway, I'm here to tell you that Celia is hilarious. She's so real, she's so true to herself, and she makes you totally 100% want to be her friend. At least I know that I do.

I've already read two of her other books,
Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank, and We're Just Like You, Only Prettier. I cannot say which I loved more. Quite possibly the first one, as that was my introduction to her writing, and her style.

So, if you're interested in some Southern charm, and some absolute truths, pick up a copy of one of her books. You won't be sorry you did, I can promise you that. And trust me, you don't have to be a Southern girl - transplant or not - to enjoy them. You just have to be a woman with opinions. And respect the opportunity she takes to share hers. And what woman doesn't enjoy a little womanly bonding now and again?

Oh, and next on my to-read list from her is
Bless Your Heart, Tramp. How can one resist?

Have you read Friday Night Knitting Club? No -- well, you need to read that one first. It's the better of the two books, I can tell you that much. Even though it ticked me off to no end, and had me swearing that there was no way I was going to read the sequel. That's enough to tell you how angry I was at the turn of events in that book. It only covers that there was a twist, I won't say more.

And this is the second book. The sequel? Book two of the series? I don't do books in any kind of series. No
Twilight here. No No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (I read #1, didn't love it) and, well, I guess the only one I have read and loved has been The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But if you've read it you know what I mean. If not, go on, pick up the four books. You'll enjoy them, too!

Okay, so where was I? Right.
Knit Two, by Kate Jacobs. Sort of a follow up story of the primary characters in book one. A knitting group, bound together through relationships formed in the first novel. It's not impossible to read this one without the first, but you do miss out if you haven't. Ms. Jacobs tried to give you enough back-story, but I didn't feel that it was even enough to keep me on track. I had to think about who was connected, who wasn't, the history, etc.

It was a good book, despite the way I am talking about it. It was a nice, simple read. Not quite chick-lit, but not quite heavy fiction, either. This isn't the greatest review ever, but if you're looking for books about relationships between women, mothers, daughters, friends and loved ones, this is worth a peek. But I promise, you'll enjoy
Knit Two a lot more if you read Friday Night first. So look for them together, and then you'll be set with your next few reads.

Oh, and I just reminded myself by skimming an older post that I also read Comfort Food by the same author and liked it, as well. Not as much as FNKC, but possibly more than this one.

Stay tuned for more book reviews and discussions from me soon.

Enjoy! And Happy Reading!

**I originally posted these exact reviews on, but they are books that have been read and reviews that have been written completely by me.**


  1. I haven't read any of those except for the Sisterhood books. I'm kinda excited to read these now!

  2. I sent my mom "You Can't Drink..." for Mother's Day...It's FABULOUS! You will, I'm sure, be shocked to learn, when I read "Knit Two" which I got as a Christmas gift, I also liked it better than the first! :)

  3. I love Celia Rivenbark! I haven't read this new book yet, but it's on my list... Her titles are so catchy!

  4. Thanks for the book ideas. Saw your link on atticgirl.


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