Sunday, September 22

Phew- 3 more to go...

Reading Challenges- an update

Updates on the Color coded challenge

1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title- Blue plate special by Kate Christensen

2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title-
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title- 
The Poisoned Chocolates Case By Anthony Berkeley

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title-  
The Black Cat by Martha Grimes
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
The Ivory Trail by Talbot Mundy

8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.)-
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.)


This past weekend, traveling from Houston to Kansas city- I managed to read Blue plate Special, a memoir by Kate Christensen. I have not read any of her other books. In this book she is quite candid about her own life- from her childhood through to her 50s.

At times it felt wrong reading about someone's intimate private life especially one which involves a lot of troubled periods but then I thought to myself "she wants us to read about it- otherwise why would she write a memoir". Despite all her/their tribulations, she managed to do well for herself and so did the rest of her family.

Food is not the subject but it very well could have been- she intricately weaves it in with her own life story.

The name "Blue Plate Special" comes from when her mom who called her meals blue plate specials. There are some interesting recipes in there as well. I could not get to try them- it is quite a popular book and it was on hold for some one else :)