Greetings and salutations!!! So would you believe that I'm already finished with Tales of the City... I started it on Monday afternoon and finished it up on my lunch break today!!! I'm not kidding when I tell you that it was a crazy-fast read! I definitely attribute that to the fact that each chapter was about 2-3 pages long. So it was easy to fly through 50 pages at a time, you know?
My thoughts on the book? I liked it. I didn't love it nearly as much as my friend Rick did, but I liked it. It was a little confusing here and there- as much of a 70s' aficionado as I claim to be, I didn't get a lot of the references/lingo, but that wasn't really an issue, I kind of picked up on what they were talking about for the most part. And I liked how the characters intertwined with each other- all connected to the main character, Mary Ann, somehow, yet they would manage to cross paths and meet each other, and not even be aware of the connection because they'd be meeting in a bar, or on the beach, etc. So they both had this person in common somehow, and for the most part, didn't even realize it. It was like a hippie granola version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"- Mary Ann obviously being Kevin, LOL. But I thought the ending was kind of confusing and seemed to end rather abruptly. I'm assuming that's because it is the first book in a series of six, so I'm guessing the second book picks up where the first one left off.
I'm going to have to wait in suspense to find out if that's the case, though, because I reached into my trusty box of book titles, picked one at random, and voila:
Behold, my latest read- and a recent find, at that! Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl. I just bought this baby a few months ago for $1 at my last used-booksale-binge! Ruth Reichl is a restaurant critic for The New York Times, and she's written a bunch of memoir books, including this one, Comfort Me with Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires. I have them all, and I haven't read any of them yet, so I'm uber-excited! This is her first memoir, and she writes about her childhood mostly- how her mother was a terrible cook, apparently, and how she got into the food/restaurant sensualist arena. I've never read a food memoir before, but I have quite a few of them, and I like food, and I like memoirs, so I can't imagine why I wouldn't like food memoirs!!! :-D
I hope you're all having lovely weeks! This week has seemed to go by slowly, no? Not in a bad way, just in a "shouldn't-today-be-Friday" way... ya know? Thank God tomorrow is ACTUALLY Friday! Who's got fun and lively weekend plans for the first weekend of February??? It's going to warm up to almost 60 degrees here over the weekend.... I can't WAIT!!!! It was bitterly cold today. I mean, BITTER. Which will just make this weekend weather extra-pleasant!
Time to go make some dinner and watch TV! I'll be reading blogs tonight and hope to get to comment on a few! There are so many I love, it's hard enough to get through them all, let alone leave comments! Too many good bloggers! :-)