Review: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

General Information

Page Count: 245 pages
Publication Date: October 1st, 1995
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: Like Water for Chocolate

 

Official Summary

“Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story. The Spanish language edition of the best-selling “Like Water For Chocolate” is a remarkable success in its own right.” (Source) Continue reading “Review: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel”

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NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1997-2000

If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For my September books I chose to read The Bridges of Madison County, Like Water for Chocolate, Politically Correct Bedtimes Stories, and Primary Colors. I read 3 out of the 4; I DNF’ed Primary Colors around 50 pages in. It was confusing, and I couldn’t really get into it. I may pick it up to read again one day, but right now my time is too limited to be focusing on books that I’m just not into. My favorite book of the choices was Like Water for Chocolate.

In October I’ll be reading four books from 1997-2000. I’ve listed each bestsellers list, the four books I’m choosing from, any books I’ve already read, any runner’s up (books I find particularly interesting, or books that I’d prefer to read rather than the ideal four), and my entertaining commentary to keep you from getting bored and clicking on a different post!

NYT Hardcover Bestsellers Week of March 23, 1997

Fiction:

#1: The Partner by John Grisham
26 weeks on list: The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Already read: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Nonfiction:

#1: Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman
50 weeks on list: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Already read: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I’m super psyched to have already two books off the list this year. Granted, they’re pretty popular books but I’m holding onto this confidence booster and gripping it until my knuckles turn white! The Celestine Prophecy is also still sitting on the NYT Bestsellers a comfy 154 weeks later. Honestly, that gigantic three digit number is urging me to read but I just honestly don’t think I’ll like it and I don’t want to waste my time reading it. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is also still sitting on the Bestsellers List a year later. I’m disappointed to find none of these four books truly interest me this go-round. By process of elimination I’ve chosen The Deep End of the Ocean. It seems like something I might enjoy, but I’m not entirely sold on it. Continue reading “NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1997-2000”

September Reading Wrap Up: Insomnia, Ghosts, and Stew

Books Bought:

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Maximum Ride #1-9 by James Patterson
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
  • The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Little Bee by Christ Cleave
  • The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

Books Read:

September was a long, draining month. I wrestled with heavy insomnia since the middle of August, which left me dreary around 8pm. I was fortunate to rediscover the joy my library card brought to me and how easy it was to place holds on line, and it rendered buying books almost unnecessary!

Or so I thought, until I walked into two used book stores. In the same afternoon. I was doomed.

I read two really incredible works this month: Meddling Kids and The House of the Spirits. I juggled reading both at the same time only because they were so vastly different but equally enjoyable.

Continue reading “September Reading Wrap Up: Insomnia, Ghosts, and Stew”

NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1993-1996

Welcome back! If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For September, I’ve taken on the challenge of picking four books from 1993-1996. I’ve listed each bestsellers list, the four books I’m choosing from, any books I’ve already read, any runner’s up (books I find particularly interesting, or books that I’d prefer to read rather than the ideal four), and my entertaining commentary guaranteed to make you laugh (I’ve tested it out on myself and it works!).

NYT Hardcover Bestsellers Week of March 28 1993

Fiction:

#1: The Client by John Grisham
33 weeks on list: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
Already Read: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Nonfiction:

#1: Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers
33 weeks on list: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

John Grisham is a name I’ve seen and heard floating around literally everywhere but have never tried to delve into his massive collection of titles. This would’ve been a good month to try and read it, but unfortunately Bridges of Madison County AND Women Who Run With Wolves both caught my attention. How am I supposed to choose now? After a quick glance at my beloved Goodreads and a chuckle over the incredibly 90s covers, I’m still torn. Bridges is a solid 400 pages shorter than Women, but Women has better ratings. Will probably take both out from the library and see which draws me from there. [Side note: I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve already read a book off the first set of lists! What a confidence booster lemme tell ya.] Continue reading “NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1993-1996”