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Fun Book Recommendations: Mainly Focused on Food and Love

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Curling up with a riveting book is a great autumn activity, now that you might have more time as the kids are going back to school! (I have been getting back into reading–especially during my one year old’s two-three hour naptime!) Here are some fun and entertaining books that I have read recently:

My Italian Bulldozer: A Paul Stuart Novel (1) (Paul Stuart Series)

Besides having a great title, this quick to read, unique romance novel takes you to Italy where a newly-dumped food writer gets persuaded by his editor to finish his latest cookbook in Italy. The man gets conned at the rental car desk, gets thrown in prison, but because he befriended a stranger on the plane, he calls this guy (who has connections) who gets him out and helps him find a vehicle: A bulldozer! As he drives through the countryside to the town where he is going to write for three weeks, he has time to think. He also enjoys that people respect him more and drive more politely around him because he is in a bulldozer, not a dinky rental car! After arriving in the town, he comes down with a big crush on a fellow writer he meets while working on his book, and then more unexpected ladies show up in town to get his attention. This food writer figures out himself more while eating and writing about mushrooms, wine, and more and enjoying driving his Italian bulldozer around the countryside. It’s a fun book. Check it out here:

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

I listened to this book through the Libby audio book app (which is so easy—just connect to your library using your library card number and you can borrow audio and ebooks!!), and I was hooked in this summertime thriller plus love story. We know Nicholas Sparks knows how to create an amazing love story (such as, The Notebook), but I didn’t know he could build suspense and get you biting your nails as well. The story draws you into the lives of a driven lawyer and a recovering addict now bartender/armature cage fighter, and you follow a stalker trying to teach the lawyer a lesson…A (mostly) fun, quick read.


My Berlin Kitchen A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

Do you love food stories and recipes like I do? This is your book! Luisa shares from her life story of how food and cooking grounded her as she had to bounce back and forth from Boston to Berlin growing up because that is where her divorced parents lived. Almost every chapter ends with a recipe that she shared in the story in that chapter. I tried making her German potato salad and loved it! This book is an easy read—short, interesting chapters that flow in a larger story of her life—especially focused on her family and love life. I read it in about three days!

Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson

Do you feel like your marriage is lacking the pizazz of your honeymoon years and that you are not sure how to liven it up while being a mother too? Author and blogger Becky Thompson knows how you feel. This book walks you through twenty-one days of reflection, action steps, and prayers that will breathe life back into your marriage.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

You probably saw the movie a couple of years ago, but here’s the book, full of stories and data! The movie made the storyline more complete, this book is interesting, but it is more scholarly with having lots of statistics and numbers. If you like hearing about the numbers, along with the women’s lives who shaped NASA, check out this book.

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Ruth draws you into her life through funny food stories about her life growing up—with a Mom who didn’t know when something was rotten, her Dad who always supported her Mom, and her own experiences and how food influenced her. She describes cooking and baking in a mouth-watering way, and her stories about her Mom and rotting food made me laugh out loud! This book is a fun and easy read.

Cozy Minimalist Home: More style, less stuff by Myquillyn Smith

This book is filled with pictures, ideas, and strategies to help simplify your life and not have as much stuff around, in keeping with the minimalist mantra. She encouraged me to just start straightening up an area that kept bugging me—so I cleared off the tops of two dressers in our room, and I’m so much happier and feel cleaner in our room! This book inspires and encourages.

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Shauna shares snippets from her life as a wife, mother, and hostess along with a bunch of mouth-watering recipes in this memoir on hospitality. She tells food stories, but also how food brought her and several of her friends comfort as they transitioned through the loss of a miscarriage and then on to other pregnancies and babies. This book is a quick read and full of encouragement.

I hope these books brighten your day like they did mine! Several of these books I listened to the audiobook version using the Libby app where you connect to your public library to receive access—it is so much easier than having to go to the library every few days. I still like holding paper books too, so click on the links to find out where you can buy any of these books to add them to your personal library. My favorite of all of these books is… My Berlin Kitchen—I loved how it combined food AND a love story, and the German potato salad recipe she shares is very tasty. Happy Reading!

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~Mary Hope

Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

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