Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

I have to admit, I work at a bookstore that sells wine and I still know very little about wine so this book was really fun to read.  Bianca takes you on a journey from the first moments after she learned about sommelier competitions all the way until she *spoilers* becomes a licensed sommelier herself, with some detours to different scientists and wineries along the way.  She has a unique sense of humor that shines though, making even the dense scientific sections extremely fun.  I learned so much from this book and it has really made me think about wine and the wine world differently.  I will never look at wine lists the same way or drink a red wine without thinking, “Does this taste more earthy or fruity?”  It doesn’t matter if you are a serious wine drinker or just someone who drinks boxed wine with friends every once in a while.  If you have any interest in wine whatsoever, this is the book for you.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Biana a couple of times and she is just so charming and great.  This book is completely her voice and I’m so glad I got to go on her journey through the wine world.  Especially since this book helped me decide that I never want to do that myself.

4-stars

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

I’m a huge David Sedaris fan so it should come as no surprise that I loved this book.  I do have to say that I was a little nervous when I heard that it was just a collection of his diary entries.  What I didn’t expect was that his diary entries would be just as entertaining and written with his signature wit.  My poor roommates had to put up with me reading so many of these entries out loud.

For Sedaris fans, it is really cool to see him from before he was a successful writer and then watch him turn into the writer and person that we all love.  If you have liked his previous books, this is a must read.

5-stars

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan has hit it out of park again.   When I heard that the man who wrote Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore had written another book, I needed to get my hands on it immediately.  I was extremely nervous.  Sometimes second books don’t live up to the first book that I loved.  But this one succeeded.  Oh man was this book great.

In Sourdough, we see Sloan’s weird take on a strange underworld, this time dealing with food and a magic sourdough starter.  I loved everything about this book: the mythology surrounding the sourdough and the people who found it, the strange underground farmers markets, the technology aspect of robot arms, and so so so much more but read the book and find that out for yourself!  Sloan sees the world in such a fun and interesting way and I’m so glad that I had a chance to spend some more time in his head with this book.  I can’t wait for it to come out so you all can experience it!  Piece of advice though, make sure to keep some sourdough bread around because you will start craving it.

5-stars