I never read fiction. Neverrrrr. As much of a bookworm I am, I am obsessed with learning and I get impatient when I don’t walk away from a book with a new idea for how I can better my life in some way.
But recently, I’ve been making an effort to incorporate more fiction into my life. Sometimes you need a break from learning and need to just enjoy a book for pure pleasure. Let’s be real. I will probably never read a play or poetry again. And probably will never get around to the classics of literature. But my life could use some novels or short stories.
I heard about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (my Amazon affiliate program link) by Aimee Bender when it came out in 2010, and just got around to reading it. Maybe I liked it more because it’s literally the first novel I have read in a couple of years, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a somewhat pessimistic story of a girl who can tastes people’s feeling through their cooking, and I don’t want to give away much more than that. I was pretty hooked, forgoing the gym to read at my desk on my lunch break.
I don’t have much of an analysis or review for you, as fiction is still way out of my comfort zone, plus this book is only tangentially related to this blog’s topic. I was surprised it only got 3 stars on Amazon because I thought this was a well-written, fascinating read, and wanted to recommend it to all of you. If you like magic realism and you’re interested in food and eating, pick up a copy and let me know what you think!