I loved this one. Smart and weird and so possible, but also so not. And Lois Clubs are a real thing! I have celiac disease and can‘t even eat bread but it made me want to build an oven. #botm #sourdough
Discussion Question Number Three.
Thank you to @Daisey @SoniaC @tpixie for joining us in our discussion of Sourdough! @Daisey thanks for all the tips and sharing your sourdough stories! Thank you for this amazing book Club! Discussion questions will be posted starting tomorrow.
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Here are the options I found for our #LMPBC book. I'm leaning towards Sourdough since I've been meaning to read it for years, but I know it was popular. Thoughts? @DarcysMom @leslieseidel @arubabookwoman
I‘m listening to Sourdough as a reread for #LitsyBookClub this month. As someone who has baked with sourdough for many years, the early portion includes a fun but unrealistic story of learning to bake. I can‘t imagine anyone being so successful so fast! While listening, I‘m enjoying a supper of fresh cucumbers and a baked potato from the garden with roast beef on a sourdough roll.
#audiobook #ReadandEat #reread
Once upon a time there was a girl who worked in a big IT company. By accident she catches the eye of flyer delivery service. She makes the order and from that moment her life begins to change!
It's a quick, enjoyable read!
P.S. Reading the book, I sometimes drooled from the way freshly baked bread was described!😋
#bread #robot #sourdough
I don‘t know how Robin Sloan pulled this off but he somehow made a book about sourdough weirdly entertaining. Lois works at a high tech company in San Francisco and is given sourdough starter by acquaintances who need to leave the country. The sourdough starter takes on a life of its own and is a character unto itself. It was a fun read and left me hankering for some bread!
I experienced a similar development of feeling with Sourdough as with Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookshop. At first I found the quirkiness charming and the interplay of tradition (books or baking) and high technology intriguing, but as the story went on it failed to add depth and once the initial novelty had worn off it became ephemeral and irritating like a vague itch.
I enjoyed Lois, the MC, and her adventures in and around San Francisco. Since I live in the city, I understood and appreciated all the landmarks as well as Tech start-up pains she was going through. However, the book lost me during the second half of the story. I liked that it was kind-of weird and creative, but the plot felt forced. I got a bored at the end and had to make myself finish.
I enjoyed this audio so much!
Lois works at a tech company in San Francisco. Her life is predictable and not terribly interesting. When a sourdough starter enters her life, the unexpected happens, friendships bloom, and suddenly Lois gets interesting as she gets interested in life around her.
I spent the day taming our tiny yard and cleaning off the deck table and chairs while listening to my audiobook. It‘s been just what I needed.
I‘m loving Sourdough but I have absolutely no idea where it could be heading, which is nice!
A tech geek programming robots in San Francisco learns to overcome her social awkwardness when she‘s entrusted with a crock of unusual sourdough starter. All of the foodie content, not to mention the magical microbes, put this satirical romp directly in my wheelhouse. Lots of fun, up to and including the fungal party hellscape near the end. #Audiobook performed by Therese Plummer also includes fragments of music as a nice touch.
“… perhaps she would acquire a cone of cardamom ice cream to assuage her anxiety.”
“later, I was two licks into a cone of soothing pistachio ice cream when a voice called out to me…”
Photo: my latest ice cream creations. Toasted Black Sesame; Hojicha (coloured pink with powdered beets); Butterbeer; and Cinnamon Chocolate.
Meh ... unpopular opinion time: I didn‘t love this one. Didn‘t hate it ... but definitely didn‘t love it. It‘s sweet, and easy to digest, and easy to cheer for Lois, Beo, & even the starter itself. I just don‘t see it sticking with me for long.
Also, I craved bread the entire time I read this 😋
Finally got my Reading Recommendation Streak Going 💙I recommended this one to my mom the week of Christmas but she hasn‘t had time to read much. However, she finished it in a reading frenzy yesterday& this morning 🤗She loved it & asked if I had Sloan‘s other book Mr Penumbra‘s...& I said OF COURSE I DO! My past three RECS before this one haven‘t hit home for her- Im a Librarian for Pete‘s Sake! Thankfully, this one was the right one! ➡️
This was quirky & endearing and it made me crave soup & sourdough. Just as in Mr. Penumbra, it has a semi-fantastical element to it that in the end, takes the novel completely off the rails before Sloan reins it in with a quick resolution. But I liked it anyway! There were a few threads that seemed either unnecessary or underdeveloped (the Lois Club being the prime example), but overall I enjoyed this. Another solid pick for #NewYearWhoDis!
To quote @candority (because I couldn‘t put it in better words):
“The main character, Lois Clary, is a software engineer who inherits a sourdough starter from her favourite restaurant. The first half of the book, as Lois learns how to bake, is fantastic and laugh-out-loud funny in spots, but the last 1/4 or so of the book fizzled out for me. The narrator for the audiobook was wonderful though!”
Started out great. Too bad the end got weird!
It‘s hard for me to objectively rate this book, because as predicted, I found myself wandering off a bit. I just don‘t do well with audiobooks since I don‘t really enjoy being read to. I never really have. I prefer to self narrate. Those tidbits aside, this book was whimsical and left me with a craving for freshly baked bread. And the image above was actually in my hamburger bun tonight. Anyone who read this book will appreciate the irony.