Recess Reads for January

Published On January 15, 2014 | By Christa Schueler | Books

The ladies of Recess love to read! That’s why we’re starting Recess Reads which means every month, we’re picking our top 5 books on our must-read list and sharing it with you. So grab that coffee and comfy throw as Recess presents Recess Reads for January.

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist – Tim Federle

Tequila Mockingbird

This recipe book is perfect for both the cocktail lover and bibliophile. Combining the works of literary classics and delicious cocktail recipes, Tequila Mockingbird also includes “bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout” which makes this book more than just a cookbook. Cheers!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

The Ocean

If fantasy novels are more your thing, this novel written by Neil Gaiman will not disappoint. A commenter on Goodreads described The Ocean at the End of the Lane as beautifully and hauntingly nostalgic. Set in Sussex, England, the story follows a middle-aged man who returns back to the place of his childhood where he experienced something both tragic and fantastical.

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh


I recommend this book to those who have twisted sense of humor (like myself) or just need a really good laugh. Allie Brosh started with a blog of the same name which became an internet sensation with her quirky drawings and amusing stories. From her witty recollections of childhood to her hilarious interactions with the world as an adult with ADHD and Synesthesia, Hyperbole and a Half is both funny and relatable.

And the Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini

and the mountains

Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) has done it again with another riveting novel. And the Mountains Echoed tells the story of family and how we love each other, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed – Glennon Melton

carry on

I saved the best for last. Carry On, Warrior is a novel by another blogger, Glennon Melton of This book is perfect for moms, wives and basically anyone who can relate to the idea that we can’t be perfect so why pretend. Carry On, Warrior is inspirational, funny and awesomely honest.



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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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