Monday, April 18, 2011

Is That a Book Holding Onto My Nosehairs?

Before you run screaming at the title of this post, it goes hand in hand with my old saying that I want a book to really grab me by the nosehairs. I think one might've finally done it. But I'm saying it very softly, never out loud, for fear that my reading mojo will turn tail and RUN again.

Yesterday was Greyson's and my mom's birthday. I can't believe Greyson is a year old already. And for the record, my mom is 56, but she's starting over at 1 this year. We had a good day with cake and treats (pictures to come), and while Chuck was napping with Greyson, I started a new-to-me book! It's no stranger to the Interwebs, and especially book bloggers, but I'm just getting to The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.

I've really been surprised--and maybe I won't be by the time I'm done reading this book--at all the critical attention it's received. The premise doesn't feel new!!! Rose Edelstein discovers, on the eve of her 9th birthday, that she can taste emotions in food.

OK. That sounds sort of Sarah Addison Allen to me. A little Alice Hoffman.

But WHOA the attention this book has gotten. It was even a strong contender in this year's Morning News Tournament of Books! I suppose my biggest curiosity diving into this one is what makes it different (ie, more literary) from any number of other food-emotion books of a fluffier fare. Is there really any difference? Only reading it can tell me for sure, and so far, I'm game. Bender seems to have an approachable, easy-to-read style, and I can't wait to see where this one takes me.

In other news, my Great Expectations re-read seems to have stoked my reading fire. Not sure I'll finish that re-read this time around, though. I just re-read the book a year or two ago, and it's still pretty fresh. We'll see. I'm enjoying petting my pretty Penguin classics edition, though.

Finally, I've put Affinity on hold for only a short while. I'm really loving it, I just needed something different since it fell victim to a lot of work and life stress.

Happy Monday, y'all! How's your reading going?

P.S. I'm reading Lemon Cake on my Nook. A copy I downloaded from I actually started reading it yesterday on my iPhone--a testament to its awesomeness.

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