Howdy from Texas!
While the rest of the internet is bringing you Thanksgiving recipe after Thanksgiving recipe this week, I decided to take a break from the kitchen and share with you some of my favorite reads lately instead. I’ve shared so many Thanksgiving recipes over the years on this site and you all know where you can find them. Today, let’s talk about books instead because a long weekend probably means you have some extra time to read, right?
Listen. I have been really trying to not be on my phone in the evenings any more. The struggle is real, you guys! And it totally sucks you in. You think “I’ll just scroll Facebook one time – just to check (check WHAT?!)” and then it’s an hour later, you’re exhausted and ready for bed. Let the cycle stop. I’m bringing back good old fashioned conversation and books for a change. It feels good to get in the habit of reading again. Reading really is one of my greatest joys. I can’t imagine life without novels. I truly feel bad for people who don’t like to read.
So here’s a list of the books I’ve been reading! You all always ask me for book recommendations so hopefully I can get back in the habit of sharing more (maybe monthly?) if it’s something you want to see. I know I always love getting good recommendations from people. So here you go 🙂
Lilac Girls. This was the best book I have read all year. Seriously, it was SO GOOD. I sort of picked it up on a whim and devoured it in two days. When a busy mom of toddlers manages to read a book in two days…heck, two weeks, it’s worth talking about. It’s historical fiction (which, you guys know how much I love!) and follows the lives of three women during World War Two – a New York socialite, a prisoner in a concentration camp and a Nazi doctor. I found it absolutely fascinating and so well written. I loved the ending! I basically put my life on hold for two days (sorry kids) while I read this book. It’s a must read!
Crazy in the Kitchen. I picked this up at my parent’s house a few weeks ago and was so glad I did! It’s a foodie memoir…but, really, more about the Italian American immigrant experience in the 40’s and 50’s. I really loved it. It wasn’t exactly what I thought (I thought it would be more focused on food and include recipes) but I found it extremely interesting and it was a rather quick read.
The Storyteller. I grabbed this in an airport and absolutely devoured it. I have read everything by Jodi Picoult and although this isn’t her newest book out, somehow I missed it when it originally got published? I must have been busy having a kid or something. 😉 Anyway, it’s also about the Holocaust (sheesh jenna…read something light for a change!) but it involves a baker and there’s lots of great food writing involving bread and pastries. I could not BELIEVE the ending and seriously thought about this for days and days after.
L’Appart. This is David Lebovitz’s newest book and I was so excited to get my hands on it! I absolutely love him. I love his writing. I love his recipes. I love his blog. And I was so incredibly sad that I missed him when he actually came twenty minutes from my house last week on his book tour. I just couldn’t drag my toddlers to a book signing though at 4pm. It’s not how I want David to remember me. 😉 Anyway – I loved the book. I knew I would. He’s an absolutely hysterical writer and he makes me want to move to France. Oh! And the recipes! I can’t wait to try those buckwheat chocolate chip cookies…mmmmmmm.
Euphoria.This was one of those books that seriously sat on my book shelf collecting dust for THREE YEARS before I opened it. I have no idea why. Again, I was probably busy having kids. I finally picked it up one evening and so glad I did. I loved this!!! It’s historical fiction about Margaret Mead, someone I basically knew nothing about. It’s another quick-ish read and I highly recommend it. A page turner, for sure.
Of Mess and Moxie. Well, of course I had to read and review Jen Hatmaker’s latest and greatest. I’ve read basically everything she has written and am a huge fan of hers in general. She is SO FUNNY. Like all her books, I found myself laughing out loud. She has this way of writing where you feel like it’s written just for you. Like, exactly what you need to hear. She makes me feel better about my life and my mothering abilities. I think we all have those days where we just feel like rather a crappy mom and Jen is here to tell us that it is okay and you’re not alone and sometimes as long as your kids are fed and alive you are doing a great job. 😉