Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge Roundup #12

I’ve decided, for the sake of continuity, to extend the deadline for the challenge to April 4th, so I can keep with my Sunday roundup posts. The final reviews, finishers, and winner(s) will be announced on Sunday, April 5th.

This week’s quote is by Ruth Reichl, because Amira reminded me how much I like her writing.

Every restaurant is a theater, and the truly great ones allow us to indulge in the fantasy that we are rich and powerful. When restaurants hold up their end of the bargain, they give us the illusion of being surrounded by servants intent on ensuring our happiness and offering extraordinary food. But even modest restaurants offer the opportunity to become someone else, at least for a little while. Restaurants free us from mundane reality; that is part of their charm. When you walk through the door, you are entering neutral territory where you are free to be whoever you choose for the duration of the meal.

This week’s finishers are: Llhen, Becky, Lucia, Lilly, Nicole, Beth, and Nise. Congrats!

And… reviews this week; go here to see them all:

Nicole finished off with Drink, Play, F@#k, by Andrew Gottleib. She writes, “If you read Eat, Pray, Love and didn’t like it (like me and a few of my friends) then this book is your answer. Without spelling it out for the reader, the author presumes to be the ex-husband of the woman in EPL and tells you of his post-divorce adventure.”

Amira‘s picked up her reading again… checking in with three more books: And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran; Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl; and Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Medditerranean, by Ana Sortun. Garlic and Sapphires was her favorite, hands down. She writes, “I loved everything about it, the stories, the food, the wit, what she learned, everything. What a great book.”

Lizzy read The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde, and loved it. She writes, “So much more than a simple whodunnit, this is a piece of postmodern brilliance, imaginatively executed …. just like Humpty Dumpty.”

Happy reading!

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