“It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult. First I was who I was. Then I didn’t know who I was. Then I invented someone, and became her. Then I began to like what I’d invented. And finally I was what I was again”—Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: Anna Quindlen (who wants to buy me a copy of this book already?)
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: Anna Quindlen
Let me tell you… I am on a roll in 2013 so far. I guess being organized and actually following my reading list is paying off. I’m pleased to say that the second book I read in January was even better than the first. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is written by a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Anna Quindlen. That list of accolades alone was enough to get me interested in this book. And of course the fact that I am a HUGE fan of memoirs. It tricks me into thinking my life is actually interesting enough to someday warrant a memoir. If Mindy Kaling can do it, so can I!
Quindlen’s book isn’t about one topic in particular. At first, I thought by the title that it might just be a book about getting older. And while all my friends complain that they are “old balls,” let’s be honest, 23 is NOT old. That’s not even middle aged. So I wondered if I would be able to relate to a book entirely based around the concept and reality of growing older. Strangely, I found that I could relate to those parts, perhaps in a different way those older than me. However, this book is about so much more- friendships, marriage, love, children, family, religion, work, and more. I think I enjoyed the sections about friendship the most; I believe that at this time in my life, friendships are definitely still a priority. This book gave me the inspiration to make sure that I am keeping up with my friendships and not forgetting about them in the hustle and bustle of life.
I am actually considering buying this book (that’s kind of a big deal for me… I don’t actually own that many books- I’m the library’s #1 fan). There was so many inspirational and relevant quotes that I wish I could have bookmarked for a day when I need to read something like that (if you didn’t see some of the quotes I posted already this week, click here and here) So yeah I’m currently on Amazon debating pressing the “add to cart” button. In the words of a dear friend, of mine, “I deserve it.”