1. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin–about a bookshop owner dealing with a recent tragedy, and how a package dropped off at the shop changes his life. I really liked this book, the style is just a little quirky, and AJ begins as a very unlikeable character, but goes through a significant transformation. This book was written for those who love to read, and will add to your growing ‘to-read’ list. One (tiny) detail I didn’t agree with–I have a hard time believing that policemen would want to read crime novels, much less start a book group to discuss them. (There’s an early episode of Friends that touches on this–Rachel is waitressing at the coffee shop, but doesn’t want to drink or serve coffee outside of work).
2. Eating Wildly Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal by Ava Chin–this is very different than the other foodie memoirs I’ve read, and I was fascinated by her stories of foraging in New York City, especially after my baby steps into foraging.
3. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg–even more enjoyable than her first book, A Homemade Life. She tells the story of opening a restaurant with her husband, and how it changes their lives. It’s funny and sweet, and I love how different Wizenberg and her husband are, but their opposite strengths make their marriage and restaurant succeed.
4. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson–talks about boldness, chasing your dreams, and turning setbacks into opportunities. A book to read slowly, as Batterson packs in a lot of information and stories. Great for those at a crossroads, or wondering what direction to take next.
5. That Summer by Lauren Willig–fans of Kate Morton may like Willig’s newest book. I’m a sucker for any book where the main character inherits a crumbling old house full of treasures. And if said house in in England? Even better. The story flips between 2009 and the 1840s–I’m also a sucker for split narrative books. It’s a quick enjoyable read, written in the same style as her Ashford Affair, which I’ve also read (and enjoyed) but never posted a full review. (I don’t care for her Pink Carnation series).
The thing that bothered me the most (and forgive me if this is horribly obnoxious) is the cover. The house is central to both stories being told, and while the house on the cover is nice, it doesn’t match the author’s description (in the book it’s stucco, the cover shows brick/rock). The well-maintained cottage garden is lovely, but Herne Hill has fallen in disrepair for many years, and the grounds have become quite grown up. From what I understand, authors have little control over what their covers look like, but it seems as though whoever picked this cover photo must have never read the book.
6. The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith–I’ve been a reader of the Nester’s for a long time, and her book was just as inspirational as her blog. I loved that she shared all the homes they’ve lived in over the years, and the mistakes and lessons that have come from each. She got me up out of my chair to dust off a few of my own house projects that have been pushed to the side.
7. Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze–read my full review here.
8. The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aron and Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Kurcinka–read my thoughts on the books and highly sensitive children here.
Here’s what I’ve just started, or am getting ready to dive into–so let me know if you’ve read any of these, and what you thought (but no spoilers please!). I’m a little suspicious of the new Bridget Jones, I’m not thrilled about the situation with Mr. Darcy, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
Linking up with Anne at the Modern Mrs. Darcy–head over there for more great book recommendations!