It has been a while since I wrote a post about my to-read list. Truth is, I’ve been really focused on writing fiction lately. Potential storylines, protagonists and antagonists keep fighting it out in my brain. However, my writing took a little dent after my Spain trip. The first draft of the story I wrote after returning was hopeless. I revised and revised some more, but the final version was still unsatisfactory. I didn’t publish it hoping that my brain would be back in action the week after. But there was nothing. Zero ideas. Hello, writer’s block!
I took a break from writing and from my blog this weekend. And then last evening as I was explaining to my toddler that food gives us strength, it was clear. My brain needed fodder to regain its writing strength. It’s simple really, put words in, get words out! I had gone without reading for far too long and it was time to correct that situation.
“All the Light We Cannot See” has been on my to-read list for a long time, but there are about a million holds on it at the library. Also, some light reading is what I need given that I’ve been lapping up war stories. So, here are the chosen ones –
Mixing food and fiction is a sure recipe to pique my interest 🙂 ‘Kitchens of the Great Midwest’ is a story about Lars Thorvald, a chef who is left to raise his daughter Eva, on his own when his wife leaves him for another man. Lars is committed to pass his love for food on to Eva, which she does inherit, with a special place for the flavors of her native Minnesota, from lutefisk to dessert bars. She goes on to become the star chef of a modern supper club. This book is about Eva’s journey from the POV of the people who know her at different points of her life, along with some delicious Midwestern recipes.
‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty starts with a letter. A letter from a Cecilia’s husband to her, to be opened in the event of his death. Cecilia chances upon it when he is very much alive. It contains his deepest, darkest secret with a potential to shake the foundations of their marriage. The book revolves around the lives of three women, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel and how that one letter will turn their lives upside down! Sounds like a light read, just what I need right now.
Wait, there’s more! My mom got me these treats, these slices from my childhood when she was here last year. For those who haven’t heard of them, Amar Chitra Katha books are comics with stories taken from Indian history and mythology. They’re visually stunning and just fantastic stories to tell our kids. Not to mention, they’re equally interesting for adults too 🙂