Before the busyness of the holiday season sets in, take some time for yourself by reading one of fall's hottest releases. Whether you sneak in a few pages at carpool or relax with a chapter or two before bed, reading is an inexpensive way to relax and unwind. To help you pick the best choice, I've gathered four different types of books to pique your interest. Each of these titles are available in various formats such as e-book, audio, and hardcover. So, dust off your Kindle (if you have one) and then pour yourself a glass of wine. Now is the perfect time to get lost in the pages of a good fall book.
There's just something about a penguin that brings a smile to my face. The comical way the bird waddles back and forth brings joy to my day. The same feeling is true for author Tom Michell. In his new memoir, The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird, he chronicles his heartwarming experiences when he rescued a penguin from an oil slick off the coast of Uruguay. In order to save the little creature's life, Tom smuggled him over the Argentinian border and made him a resident at the prestigious boarding school where Tom taught. Truly, this touching memoir will warm your heart.
I like to cook, even though I'm not the most accomplished chef in the household. I also like to read and write mystery novels because I get a kick out of trying to figure out whodunit. So naturally, when I stumbled upon Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew, I was intrigued. If you like reading crime series, pick up a copy of this debut novel set in rural South Africa. The story centers on a widow named Tannie Maria van Harten who is faced with losing her job at the local paper if she doesn't stop writing a recipe column and instead try her hand at giving advice. This book has romance, murder, and much more!
Keeping your New Year's resolutions
The New Year is off to a fresh start, and many of us are committed to doing something or many things with more intention this year. But it's tough to stay on track. In fact, “Quitters Day”, which falls on January 14th this year, is the day when most people give up. How can you ...read more
Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Banana Waffle Pies With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
School has started back for many (us included!), and today's Kid's in the Kitchen recipe makes for a perfect breakfast or after-school snack. We made ours for an after-school snack the other day and my second grader loved it. We call this recipe Mini Banana Waffle Pies With ...read more
The Best Overnight French Toast Recipe
We've hit the winter lull--that lengthy stretch of season with no plans, no parties, nothing to do, and nowhere to go. I have to admit that at first, I welcomed the quiet obligation-free weekends of January. After the nonstop hustle-bustle pace of November and December, my family ...read more
The first book I ever read by international bestselling author Catherine McKenzie was Spin: A Novel back in 2012. Ever since then, I've been one of her biggest fans. Her writing style is so breezy and familiar that you feel as if she's right there in your kitchen relating the story to you. The same holds true in her latest release, Smoke. If you like women's fiction, this book is for you. As a wildfire threatens to destroy a town, Elizabeth must come to terms with her impending divorce. Meanwhile her ex-friend Mindy's faith is put to the test as she reacts to a shocking accusation. This book highlights friendship, family, and the power of relationships.
It comes as no surprise that Nicholas Sparks new release, See Me, is holding steady at the top of the bestsellers' lists. It's hard to pick a favorite from the long list of noteworthy reads...The Notebook, Safe Haven, or The Longest Ride, to name a few. His latest novel is about a man and woman looking for second chances. Colin Hancock has a history of violence and bad decisions, but now he's moving forward trying to earn a teaching degree. Maria Sanchez is a graduate of Duke Law School and has a job at a prestigious law firm in Wilmington, NC. A chance encounter of the two opposites sets this unforgettable tale of romance into motion. Be sure to add this touching story to the top of your must-read picks for all.
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