I like to take books with me when I travel, and I was away twice in October – first in Sacramento, then in Charleston – so I’ve been doing more reading than usual lately.
Just for fun, and because my family gave me an e-reader for my birthday, I searched “chocolate” in the Kobo books website, and came up with almost 700 hits.
I downloaded two works of fiction and a memoir. The memoir – Chocolate Chocolate by Frances Park & Ginger Park – turned out to be my favourite.
It’s the story of two sisters with no business experience who opened a chocolate shop in Washington, D.C. and turned it into a success over the next 25 years – with help from their newly widowed Korean immigrant mother and a cast of sometimes unlikely characters.
Aside from the chocolate content, the book deals with following a dream, surmounting obstacles, becoming a writer, mourning a parent, finding love, and building a new life as an immigrant.
I found myself highlighting many lines, my new litmus test for whether a book is worth reading. Although I love reading on paper, I’ve never highlighted any books other than textbooks. It’s easy to do on an e-reader and it doesn’t “damage” the book in the same way.