I feel like I always have a stack of books going – I tend to move from one to the next before finishing anything. I do notice that fun, light-hearted and girlie fiction tends to get read faster... Maybe because it often transports me somewhere else for a while. That said, my most recent read took me months to finish. Well, I started it about 5 times, never getting past the first few pages because life just kept getting in the way. Then, a few weeks ago, I picked it up again and was able to knock it out rather quickly. The book was Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs.
There is a bit of an interesting story around how I ended up with the book. A few months back, I got an email from the publishing house. They mentioned that I wrote about Kate’s first book, Friday Night Knitting Club, and that she had a new book coming out – would I like to read it and write about it again. So interesting how the blogging world works - I this never would have happened if I didn’t have my blog. Of course I said yes... And soon an advanced, not entirely edited version showed up in my mail box.
This is why I feel a little bad about how long it took me to read it. It was generous of them to provide me with the book – and of course, I know it was a great marketing idea for them too. They will probably sell a lot of books if everyone invited to writes and recommends the book. But, you all know life has been crazy, so I gave myself some extra time to accomplish this.
The book was rather nice too. Very similar to her first book, the characters are likeable and the story latches onto a current popular culture trend, cooking and cooking shows. Us girls like this kind of stuff, just like we like knitting and local yarn stores. While some of the book was a bit predictable, I was surprised by some of the turns... And was sad when it was over – I wanted to know more about the character’s future's.
So, if you are looking for a nice Summer read, give this one a try. It would be very good outdoor reading by the pool or on the back porch. If you are interested, comment and let me know. Since I received the book for free, I should pass it along... So comment and I’ll pick someone to send it to on Friday. This is good timing too... I hit 200 posts a few post back and totally didn’t notice.