Title: The Dinner List
Author: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Flatiron Books on September 11, 2018
Genre: Magical Realism, Fiction, Romance, Fast Read
Goodreads Rating: 3.79 out of 5 Stars
The August book of the month options included the following:
The Dinner List
The Air you Breath
The Line that Held Us
Sweet Little Lies
Since August is generally the last official month of summer, I decided to go with something I thought would be a light and easy read, aka perfect for some poolside reading (even though I ended up reading this on a plane in a thunderstorm, Womp womp). Thus I chose The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. On top of my main pick though, both The Line that Held Us and The Air You Breathe highly peaked my interest so I added them on as well. I know, I am weak when it comes to buying books, smh.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose? When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and her idol Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.
In a very Cinderella approach, Sabrina has only until midnight to uncover the significance each of her dinner guests have played and are playing in her life. Serle is able to blend the perfect amount of romance and heartbreak into this novel. You will be left thinking about who you might invite to your next dinner party. Bon appetite!
While I normally lay out my pro’s and con’s separately, I figured I would lay all my thoughts together since this is such a short novel.
Overall, I think I would agree with the Goodreads rating of 3.79. I like the story line and the concept of this novel, but I feel it could have been so much more. Just a few more answers and I would have loved this book. But maybe that would ruin the magic, you be the judge.
Get the book here and let me know who you would pick to have dinner with!
For those who haven’t heard of Book of the Month club or BOTM, it is a subscription program, similar to audible or other box subscription services, where you get (you guessed it) a new book every month. Each month members are given 5 different books to choose from. BOTM generally focusing on debut and emerging writers, and is known for having helped launch the careers of some of the most acclaimed authors in American literary history. In an attempt to read more books outside my favorite genres without having to siphon through all the duds, I decided to sign up for the monthly subscriptions. It costs me $14.99 per month, I choose 1 of the 5 books on the first of every month, and it’s delivered straight to my door. You can skip any month or roll your credits over to the next month, at any time. Since I started getting BOTM back in February, I’ve really enjoyed some of the new authors I’ve been exposed to. I’ve enjoyed them so much, that I have decided to review each of the books I get every month, so be on the look out for reviews March – August, which are coming soon. If you’re interested in joining BOTM, I’ve add my referral code to the bottom of this post, which if you use, you’ll be able to get your first month (book) free!
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