Thursday, 26 September 2013

autumn in my corner + k&a soup recipe

It is a beautiful and sunny autumn day in my corner of the world. There are hardly any visible autumn colours yet but I'm guessing nature will soon get busy. I know I have already mentioned this soup twice this week but now I have added the recipe of sweet potato soup with toasted pumpkin seeds to my kitchen & aroma food blog.

Last Friday I was telling you about two books that I have now finished reading. I have to say that Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is one of the best novels I have read in years. It's a book I will be reading again one day. I enjoyed the story Louise Erdrich tells in her The Master Butchers Singing Club and the characters grew well on me, but there were a few things in the narrative that I would have liked to see her weave differently. There was nothing that annoyed me but it sometimes felt as if the author was maybe telling too many stories in one. I also got the feeling that she had decided on the title before finishing the story in her mind. The title hadn't really much to do with the essence of the book.

It doesn't mean that I'm giving up on Erdrich because I'm currently reading her first novel, Love Medicine, and I have borrowed The Plague of Doves, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Price for fiction back in 2009. I also borrowed Home by Marilynne Robinson, who won the Pulitzer Price for fiction in 2005 for Gilead. As I held these books in my hands at the library, I wondered if I was the first borrower. I honestly don't think these copies have ever been read. Have people stopped using libraries?

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt



  1. The soup looks delicious, Lisa! One of these days I will get busy in the kitchen. I haven't decided which of Eldrich's books I'm going to read first, but I'll have to read one soon, because you and Mary Jo have been telling me good things about the author. I have to admit I have't used the library for a long time, but this doesn't mean I don't read. I don't have time to read as much as I'd like, that's true, and I kind of like to own the books I read.

  2. Fall is really the best season.

    I've read about The Master Butchers Singing Club, actually, but never got around to it. The last book I checked out at the library was Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter, that was in May? I go to the library if there's a book I really want to read, but not sure if I want to keep. If I like the book after I read it, I usually buy it, but I like to buy books used - I like to imagine the lives of its previous readers, and I like the imperfection in the pages.
    -justine a.

    1. Nice to see you here Justine, and thanks for the Ship of Fools tip. I haven't read that one. Used books can really be lovely. I occasionally buy them through Amazon. Unfortunately, there is no market for used books in English in Luxembourg, at least I haven't found one yet.


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