Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

Quoted from GoodReads:

At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she’ll do the one thing that’s always terrified her: white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon. But if she goes, each of them must promise to do one thing in the next year that is new, or difficult, or scary—and Kate gets to choose their challenges.

Shimmering with warmth, wit, and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life: unexpected, lyrical, and deeply satisfying.

Erica Bauermeister is a writer that captures the senses. When I read her books, I feel like a piece of my soul has been ripped from my innards and laid bare upon the paper.  The School of Essential Ingredients and The Lost Art of Mixing were the first two books I read by her. I love anything that involves cooking or baking fiction. Stories about food.

I can’t even begin to explain the emotions that were invoked by this book. The six female characters… I felt a connection to each one despite all of their characters being so very different. It was a good read and I’m fairly certain that I want to buy a copy of the novel now. I’ve slapped it onto my Amazon wishlist.

It’s funny. I checked this book out randomly from the library during one of my many ventures there. I actually hit the end of my checkout period, no more renewals left. And realized I needed to FINISH that BOOK. I sat here like a lunatic today reading it. It brought back memories of days long ago when I was younger. When I had the time to just inhale a novel. Not that I don’t have time now, since I’m currently not employed.

But to have that time, when you feel like you just CAN read. Not stealing quick moments of reading in between other responsibilities. I miss those days and they seem so decadent now. I’m planning, hopefully, to visit my sister for the December Holidays (Christmas). Warm weather, white sandy beaches, and lots of fun. I’ll have to pack a book because there’s nothing better than reading on the beach.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good book to read around Christmas?

Published by Erin Seto

Southern Peach 🍑, in her 30’s - Artist 🎨 + Bibliophile 📚 + Geek 🎮 + Nerd 👓 + Animal-Lover 🐾 + Bipolar Disorder 💢 x Anxiety 😨 x PTSD 💣÷ DBT Therapy ✨ + Mental Health Matters 🧠 = ME 👩🏽

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