Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Title: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Author:  Anna Quindlen
Publication Information:  Random House. 2012. 182 pages.

Book Source:  I read this book based on other books I have read by Anna Quindlen.

Favorite Quote:  "That's what makes life so hard for women, that instead of thinking that this is the way things are, we always think it's the way we are."

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is billed as a memoir. To me, it is more a discussion on a philosophy of life told through stories from Anna Quindlen's life. It talks about her thoughts on so many different topics including marriage, possessions, aging, friendship, faith, parenting, and others in between.

Throughout this book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement as Anna Quindlen expresses many thoughts and feelings I agree with. The book also had an element of "if I knew then what I know now..." These are ideas that have probably been expressed in her other books but are good ideas to remember and re-read nevertheless.

What I had difficulty with was the writing style. I found myself getting very easily distracted as I was reading this book. I found myself losing the train of thought. I don't know why. I cannot pinpoint the reason because I was enjoying the ideas of the book. So, after a point, I found myself skimming to get the ideas without getting lost.

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