As an avid reader, I am so thrilled to finally present my Food and Books series for Marble Crumbs. Last year, I signed-up for the Goodreads challenge and set myself up to read fifty books in twelve months. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll be doing it again this year (and most likely, for more years to come) – it has truly become a part of my lifestyle. Fifty books in one year adds up to about one book per week, and I get a lot of reading time on public transportation since I take the metro (Montreal’s subway system) to work everyday. I’m already about seven books in (a little behind!) but decided to start this blog series with a review of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad.
Brilliant, captivating, and a little dark, 13 Ways is sectioned off in 13 parts to walk us through an incredibly interesting development for our protagonist, Elizabeth. Awad puts a clear focus on women’s struggles with weight, judgment, and relationships from a teen’s angle all the way to an adult’s perspective.
Growing up, the subject of “feeling comfortable in my skin” was always a personal issue. I would often raise questions asking “Why don’t I look more like her?” or “Is this as good as it’s going to get?” Even during my elementary school years, my mother had a hard time feeding me and my relationship with food was nothing like how it is today. I decided to start my “Food and Books” series with 13 Ways because it’s easy to relate with, no matter what your background with food, body image, and confidence is.
Starting a food blog was my step into sharing how I’ve grown into my appreciation for meals and better eating habits. Of course, even being in my late twenties, a sense of uncertainty with my confidence levels will flare up, but I’m happy to have come out of what my mother often called “my fussy eating phase” (although I think it goes deeper than that) and finally share with the world my love for cuisine.