It pains me to say it, but a big part of why I did not blog for so long is the result of my inability to get through Jonathan Franzen's purity. I am a big Franzen fan and was really excited when his new book came out this summer, since he takes his sweet ol time writing each masterpiece. But Purity, in my opinion, despite the great reviews, was just painful for me to get through. Usually, when I am having trouble getting through a book I just put it aside and give up. So many books in the world, why waste time on one that just isn't doing it for me? But with a Franzen book I felt like I had to stick it out, I had to see if it turned around. While it got a little better, enough that I could finish it, it took me several months to finish the book - this is NOT normal for me, I am through a book typically in a couple of weeks for a long one. This one drained the joy of reading out me, that sounds deciceddramatic, but it just honestly turned me off reading for a bit. That said, it did inspire this bright, pretty little cheesecake pictured above, so it wasn't all bad, right?