It’s the day before Thanksgiving…and I’m not going to give you another recipe.
I’m not even going to talk about food.
Instead…let’s talk about books.
Y’all probably know by now what a big reader I am. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to just completely lose myself in a great novel for hours on end. It’s like taking a mini-vacation and never leaving your house! I usually set aside an hour every day to just read (books, not the internet!), but when the holidays roll around I find that I read a lot more.
As passionate as I am about food, I’m just as passionate about books. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll open up a bakery bookstore. That would be fun!
So, I made a list of the best books I’ve read this Fall. Print it out, take it to the library or bookstore and treat yourself.
1. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Fabulous book based loosely on the life of Laura Bush. This book drew me in and I finished the entire thing in two days…I couldn’t put it down!
2. The Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin
The perfect book for a super long flight; this book is light, easy to read and has a convincing plot. Warning: once you start reading, it’s hard to put down!
3. Through Painted Desserts by Donald Miller
I loved this travelogue memoir about personal growth and spirituality. Donald Miller is, in my opinion, one of the best writers out there and his prose is so real and eloquent it’s like he’s standing right there talking to just you.
4. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new book, a historical fiction piece about a mother and daughter at the turn of the century. If you liked Redeeming Love, you’ll love this.
5. A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White
A sweet story about two sisters growing up while grappling the loss of their parents. My mom gave me this after she read it and I loved it!
6. All The Living by C.E. Morgan
Kath sent me this after she finishing reading it and I just finished it myself the other day. The voice in the novel is what “makes” the book. It’s so unique and heartfelt…you really feel like you get to know the characters. And, like Kath said, it’s very “Laura Ingalls-like”.
7. Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
When a girl in my bible study brought a bucket of Karen Kingsbury books in one night and claimed they were the most “addicting books she’s ever read”, I had my doubts. But, I still borrowed this one and read the whole thing in one sitting…before requesting ten more from the library. I’m almost embarrassed to admit to you that I’ve now read almost every single one of Kingsbury’s books in the past month and a half, and have my mom hooked on them as well. I figure if my “dirty little secret” is addicting Christian romance novels, it’s gonna be alright. But seriously….read this book.
8. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
Okay…so this isn’t a novel but it’s my newest cookbook and the type that you’ll be up all night reading. Judy winds in nostalgic stories into her recipes and I can’t wait to make her famous roast chicken.
9. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Another really emotional and heart-wrenching book by Jodi Picoult. Great for a snuggling up under a blanket with a cup of tea.
10. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Okay fine, I’ll admit it. I’m a complete hopeless romantic that pretty much cries during every single Nicholas Sparks book. I’ll admit, sometimes they can be very predictable and cliche, but I really feel like this one is a step above the rest. It’s my favorite book by him in awhile and I highly recommend it!