1. Un-put-down-able? Have you ever not liked a book you were supposed to like? I mean, not liked it so much that you couldn’t finish reading it? I mean, couldn’t finish reading it because you had such a visceral reaction to something the MC does that you toss the book across the room like it’s on fire? That happened to me recently. I won’t give away the title because I realize this was a very personal reaction and I don’t want to taint the book for anyone else, although I will say it is fiction. It’s been popular recently, but the reviews on Goodreads are a bit mixed (and let’s hope that the paid reviewers haven’t gotten there yet).
On one level I realize that perhaps the author has done a good job. She’s challenging me. The MC is well-rounded, well-written and generally well-placed because the decision the character makes to do this questionable thing is well-founded in that the progression of events feels realistic — no James Bond-esque turn of events here. You want the MC to do unexpected things, otherwise, why write a book about her? But for me it crossed the line and went from expanding my mind-set to shutting it down. I also realize that the story could be considered a parable although I couldn’t find any official reviews or interviews to support that assumption. (Unlike some of the folks on Goodreads and a co-worker who claim that the author is just using the book as a platform to espouse her particular political viewpoint. The end did not justify the means and I put the book down. But as a writer, I feel a bit guilty about not seeing it through.
Have you ever had such a deep-seated reaction to a book? Did you keep reading?
2. Two sweet things. Here is the first.
My friend had a Farewell to Summer party last weekend, so I made a farewell-to-summer treat: frozen chocolate peanut butter pie. Three of my favorite food groups on one plate. It’s a low maintenance dessert –just mixing a few ingredients (cream cheese, a splash of milk (soy milk is fine), whipped topping, sugar and peanut butter), pouring them into a pre-made graham cracker pie crust (okay, you can make your own pie crust you ambitious go-getter, you) and then freezing it for at least 4 hours. Delicioso!
Tip #1: If you’re allergic to peanuts, try almond butter or hazelnut butter. If you want to get really crazy, try Nutella.
Tip # 2: If you want to channel Elvis, try adding a layer of sliced banana between the crust and the custard.
Do you make any desserts that are crowd pleasers every time?
3. And here is the second sweet thing.
He turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.
Tell me you love me, he says.
Tell me again.
Could there be a sweeter arrangement?
Over and over
he gets to ask it.
I get to tell.
~ Excerpt from Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night (Percy Three), by Mary Oliver
4. Sometimes I wonder if I’m at my office or The Office.
5. Deep Pockets. How would you like some money? If you’re in the right place at the right time on September 15, you might just get some. Folks across six continents will be giving away their own money (two coins or bills of any denomination at a time) to complete strangers and asking the recipients to pass half on to someone else. Anyone can participate and pledge any amount. What a cool idea! So far there are 88 locations around the world signed up.
What would you do if someone gave you a few dollars and asked you to pass half along to someone else?
Have a great weekend, everyone!