I was listening to the Books Unbound podcast by two Canadian book nerds, Raeleen and Ariel, and they said something that really resonated with me. One was saying, "Do you ever save the best part of your meal for last?" And the other said, "Well, I eat all the food on my plate, but I definitely save the mashed potatoes for last." The first one said, "That's what I'm doing with this book. I'm saving it. It's my mashed potatoes book." Same, Raeleen. Mashed potatoes are the best!
I feel like I am doing this with a lot of books and I would like to share my "Mashed Potatoes" books with you today.
S by J.J. Abrams - This book is beyond weird. It's a book, but the real story is in the marginalia and items stuck between the pages. Two men read the original book and left notes and stuff.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I have been saving it because I expect it to be fantastic. But now I have at least 4 different P&P retellings.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - I was saving this to read after all the hoopla died down around it. I think it could be time.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - So I was saving this one because it's the last in a series I really like. If you aren't aware I am terrible at finishing series. It took me YEARS to finish Twilight. I still haven't read the last Harry Potter. Well, now, Stiefvater has started a new series that is a spin off of this one. The problem is I have forgotten the last 2 books. Time for a reread.
Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps, and the Saps by Robert Rodi - This looks like so much fun. I guess I was saving it for a reading slump.
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz - I got this after Christmas last year, so I saved it until this Christmas season. It's on my list.
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey - This is a historical mystery set in 1920's India. Our main character is a lady lawyer fighting to be taken seriously. I just know the is going to be fantastic, so I have been waiting to enjoy it.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - This is another example of me not reading the last book in a series. This series is really produced interestingly. It's told in chat messages and government documents and other strange formats. The story is good, but the formatting makes it fantastic.
Do you do this? Do you save your "mashed potatoes" books? What have you been saving for a rainy day?