As the kids prepare to head back to class, it's time for moms to make their own back-to-school shopping list of must-read books for the fall. I'm so excited to share fall's fabulous reads, picked just for you. Finding a break in the day is always a challenge, especially for those with small children under foot. Why not make it a priority this school year to add reading to your daily to-do list? To help motivate you, here are some fabulous new releases worthy of a few minutes of guilty literary pleasure.
Fall's Fabulous Reads
To ease you into your new routine, start out slowly with Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa D'Arabian. The winner of season 5 of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa has carved out her niche on The Food Network as the economical, food-shopping expert. In her debut cookbook, she mixes bold flavors using every day ingredients found in most pantries. Her simple recipes are perfect for any family on a tight budget.
Big news for J K Rowling fans! In late September, her highly anticipated debut adult novel The Casual Vacancy hits bookstores. The story centers on the sudden death of a prominent figure which leaves a vacancy on the town council. Set in the small fictional town of Padford, England, she conjures up a mysterious place complete with a 12th century abbey and cobblestone roads. There has been much speculation over the exact whereabouts that inspired this magical locale. I imagine trying to guess will be half the fun! If you read only one book this fall, make this your pick. Move over Fifty Shades of Grey. There'??s a new blockbuster novel coming to town.
If you're looking for something in the self-help category, check out Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Ruben. Author of the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Ruben is the go-to expert for finding happiness. She even incorporates parenthood and marriage issues in this book which are always helpful for moms. Perhaps the best way to achieve simplicity and comfort at home is to look in the most unexpected places.
For mystery lovers, Miss Me When I'm Gone by Emily Arsenault lives up to its title. An unforgettable novel written in a story within a story framework, this trade paperback original is worth the read. When bestselling author Gretchen Waters falls to her death after a book talk appearance at the library, her best friend from college is left to salvage what remains of her unfinished manuscript. A whodunit fashioned around the lives of country music legends such as Tammy Wynette makes this book my personal favorite.
Finally, for those looking to be absorbed into a tender love story,The Memory Thief: A Novel by Emily Colin is your must-read pick. When Madeleine Kimble'??s husband tragically dies, she is left alone to care for her son who has a very big secret. On the opposite coast, Nicholas Sullivan survives a terrible motorcycle accident leaving him with no memory. For both Madeleine and Nicholas, learning to move forward while accepting great loss is a challenge they never expected to face. Keep your eye on this debut novelist. Rest assured; this is only the beginning of a stellar literary career.
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