Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Blurb from Goodreads

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds. 

Why I Want To Read It

In my numerous trips to the bookstore, one of the books that stand out is Mexican writer Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolates. At first, the title piqued my interest so I researched more on it. My interest waned when I learned that it was a “series of stories” rather than a complete novel. You see, I am rather averse to short stories and short story collections; it was only recent that I tried immersing into short stories.

With my renewed interest in short story collections, one of the books I reconsidered was Like Water for Chocolates. And then I learned that it was not a short story collection but rather, a novel told in sections. My apprehension was all for naught apparently; I can’t believe how I missed that. I have since then started looking for a copy of the book. Because of aesthetics, I prefer hardbound and thankfully, I managed to buy one through an online bookseller.

Perusing the book’s synopsis, it seems that there are a lot of things to look forward to in the novel, apart, of course, from the obvious references to food. Interwoven with the sumptuous delicacies are various elements such as Mexican culture and people, romance, and even some bits of magical realism. With Ford Maddox Ford’s The Good Soldier, I just might read this tempting novel next, especially now that I have learned that the book is part of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I’ll consider.

Thus ends my Goodreads Monday post. How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!