The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. I recently binge-read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. The novel is about the (fictional) former Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo who, after several decades out of the limelight, sits down with journalist Monique Grant for a tell-all interview. Through the stories that Evelyn tells … Continue reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The book: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. As my personal life gets busier, I find myself wanting to read only binge-worthy fiction novels that offer me the chance to stop thinking about stressful realities and escape into a different universe. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker was the perfect book for that. The premise of the … Continue reading The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

The book: The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. Last week I read The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. The novel is the (fictional) account of a college student, Will Kendall, trying to understand how his ex-girlfriend became deeply involved in a pro-life cult. The story is primarily told from Will's perspective, although he also tries to imagine … Continue reading The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

(Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

The book: Less by Andrew Sean Greer. It is almost Valentine's Day, and I recently finished a seasonally appropriate novel to celebrate. Less is the story of Arthur Less, a middle-aged writer who plans a spontaneous trip around the world to avoid his ex-lover's wedding. He travels to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, and … Continue reading (Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

The book: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. One of my reading goals for 2019 is to broaden what I read, specifically by reading more books by women, people of color, and/or queer authors - and to read books featuring non-white and queer characters. Who is Vera Kelly? is my first read of 2019 that I found by actively searching … Continue reading Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)

The book: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I recently read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I had seen it on a bunch of lists at the end of 2018, but I wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. I later saw it at my local bookshop, though, and I felt as though I couldn't … Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)

Welcome to Night Vale (mostly void, partially stars) (yes this post is also about cake)

The book: Welcome to Night Vale. Last week I read Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor's fiction/mystery/fantasy novel inspired by their hit podcast of the same name. The book follows the independent lives of two Night Vale women: Jackie Fierro, a 19-year-old owner of the town's pawnshop who has been stuck at age 19 … Continue reading Welcome to Night Vale (mostly void, partially stars) (yes this post is also about cake)

Sour (orange and mango) Heart (cake)

The book: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang. This is my first Books and Bakes post and I am so excited to dive into this. I'm starting the project off with Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang's fictional collection of short stories about the experiences of 1st generation Chinese American girls growing up in New York City. Each story takes … Continue reading Sour (orange and mango) Heart (cake)