For some reason it seemed like there was some interest in what our family has been reading at the library recently. When I did this the first time several people said they are always looking for new book suggestions. I dug into the bag this morning to see what I had there and I wasn’t really inspired by any of the choices the kids had picked out. Right now they are in the middle of a winter reading challenge at the library where they have to read specific genres to earn prizes. As a result, we’ve read a lot of new authors, but haven’t discovered any new books that have blown us away. But, I have been reading a bunch of great books that I wanted to pass on.
Admittedly, most of these have to do with food.
My daughters are both selective eaters. Lovey will eat mostly fruits and veggies while Kitten will eat mostly protein in various forms. Her list of acceptable veggies are: cauliflower, broccoli, and peas. The end. As a result I’ve been trying to get more variety into both of their diets. I’ve started following some people on Instagram that focus on healthy eating for kids, which is how I stumbled onto Real Mom Nutrition. A real nutritionist who also struggles with figuring out how to get healthy food into her kids. From Instagram I followed her Facebook feed, and then started reading her blog, and then discovered she has a podcast, The Happy Bite, with a fellow blogger. While listening to the podcast I discovered this book:
The 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee
The idea behind the book is that you introduce one new food to your family per week based on produce that’s in season and earn points for trying them out. The girls seemed to like the idea and we started last week with Broiled Grapefruit, which everyone except me liked. In our house we decided the winner of the weekly challenge gets to pick a meal to cook for dinner the following week. I won!
Next up is:
Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci
I got a veggie spiralizer for Christmas so I wanted to get some ideas for meals. If you see up at the top of the picture there are several tabs marking pages so I think it’s safe to say there are were plenty of good recipes to try out. I just need to actually try them…
Honey got whiskey and this book for Christmas so when I saw this one at the library I snatched it up for him.
Whiskey: What to Drink Next by Dominic Roskrow
This is an extremely comprehensive look at whiskey’s from around the world and perfect for your favorite whiskey lover to figure out what to try next. Just like the title suggests.
Switching back to food.
Skinnytaste By Gina Homolka
We have loved the Skinnytaste website for years. I’ve talked about it on the blog for years. Of all the recipes we’ve tried from the site we have never had a bad one. We are going to buy this book a while back and never did, so I got it from the library. This will be one to buy for sure. I’m not lying when I say that I want to make every.single.thing in this book. Drool worthy.
Now that we’re done with food let’s move on to what I’m reading right now.
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
I walked past this book and circled back to pick it up. I was intrigued by the title. I was more intrigued by the description and hooked by the first sentence. I’m loving everything about this one. It’s a debut novel about a women who has really messed up her life, following in the footsteps of her mother who did the same. She goes to her mother’s hometown to collect an inheritance left by her grandmother and along the way tries to uncover the truth about her mother’s past. I’m hoping I can finish this one off today. Really great book.
Last but not least. This one wasn’t exactly in my library bag, I bought it on Amazon.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
If you are a reader and pay attention to new releases and best sellers no doubt you’ve heard about this book already. It was written by Paul Kalanithi as he was dying of lung cancer. The author was a neurosurgery resident when he learned of his illness. He is also the brother in-law of Joanna Goddard, the woman behind one of my favorite blogs, Cup of Jo. Her sister had to not only finish the book after Paul’s death, but also see that it was published. Everything I’ve read about the book makes me think it will be a fascinating read and really powerful.
That’s all I’ve got. I’d love to hear what you’re reading, I’m always looking for suggestions.