A Year In Books.

I Was Told There Would be Cake

 

Last week I read I Was Told There Would Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. It’s a collection of essays, which are really just artfully retold scenes from Crosley’s life. I was enthralled from the first page. This collection reminded me of someone…who could it be…..hmmm…. oh yeah! It’s me. Crosley’s retelling of some of her more awkward and hilarious escapades was like looking into a mirror, and that mirror had words on it, and those words were these stories. Of course, I guess any single woman in her twenties would see herself in these stories so I guess my mirror has a lot of faces on it too. What the heck, The more the merrier or mirrorier. I’m not sure how that works exactly.

One of my favorite stories was the one Crosley told of locking herself out of both her old and new apartments in the same day. It’s something I can easily see myself and many of my friends doing. I also really liked Crosley’s wedding horror story- we all have one. Except in her horror story, she was maid-of-honor and the bride was someone she had been friends with in high school and then not spoken to in years. Life is crazy, huh? While all of the stories are hilarious, they are also very thought-provoking. Or, I guess I should say, thought-poking because the ideas she explores, vegetarianism, altruism, baking disasters- sort of poke at your mind more than provoke it, and I have to say, the poking was less invasive but equally effective.

If I ever write a book someday, and I dearly hope I will. This is the type of book I want to write. Well, I mean, this would probably be more of a  second book but if I ever write a second book, I want it to be as well-written and hilarious as this one.

What are you guys reading??

16 thoughts on “A Year In Books.

  1. I just finished my last college exam yesterday (went back to school – I’m 38!!) and am SO excited to finally be able to read a non-school book. Started ‘Under the Dome’ today. I love Stephen King. Every time I read one of his books I’m flooded with a feeling of coming home. There’s a comfort and ease about his writing that makes me happy.

  2. I read I Was Told There’d Be Cake last summer and loved it too! And yes, I also identified with the stories–who doesn’t have a couple of stories like that?

    I recently finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (very good!) and am on to The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing (so far, SO good!)

  3. I LOVE this book. I think one of the first blog posts I ever wrote was a review of this book. I haven’t written one since, that’s how much I love this book.

    As far as what I’m reading – Just started The Help as well. And I’m STILL muddling my way through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It’s taken me forever, but it’s really good!

      1. I did. It took me a little bit to get into it but I love Southern Style . . my favorite character (besides Skeeter) was the woman Minny ended up working for – geez I cant remember her name.

        Have you seen the trailer for the movie?

  4. I have a bit of a weakness for Young Adult Fiction. Its kind of embarrassing, but its true! This weekend I started the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – finished it in a DAY. It’s an incredible story, and a triliogy so I’m on to part two! Highly recommended adventure/coming of age story – and a light read 😉

      1. I’m almost done the second one (too hungover 1/2 this weekend for me to read successfully) and it is equally as good as the first, if not better! I can’t wait for the movies now!!

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