Books I’m Loving Lately

In an effort to scroll Instagram less this year, I launched myself on a 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. As of today, I’m 21 books in, which means I’m ever so slightly ahead of schedule. Though I normally read more than the average human (who-according to google-never reads), I’m being more intentional about it this year. Less social media, more books. Less TV, more reading. I’ve read a pretty broad range of books so far, and while they haven’t all been gems, here are the highlights!


The Dirty Life: A memoir of farming, food, and love. A writer who lives in NYC falls in love with a farmer. They move to New England to homestead with one plan: to grow and raise everything to feed their community. Kristen Kimball’s writing style is lovely. Reading this book made me want to plant my garden immediately and get chickens, a jersey cow, and a pair of clydesdale horses.

The Light Between Oceans. Set in post-WWII Australia, this is a novel about a lighthouse keeper, his wife, and the lengths we go to protect those we love.

Present Over Perfect. Shauna Niequist is one of my favorite authors of all time, and this is my favorite of her books (followed closely by Bread and Wine). The tagline says it all: leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living.

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Not based in any truth at all, this is a fun and engaging story about a fictional secretary of Winston Churchill in London during the war.

How to Celebrate Everything and Dinner: A Love Story. Both of these memoir style cookbooks are so much fun to read. They contain easy to follow recipes with normal ingredients and a healthy amount of encouragement to develop and protect our family’s rituals.

Have you read anything really great this year? I have 31 books to go before New Year’s Eve, so any recommendations are welcome! I’d love your suggestions for novels, especially. It seems most of the ones I’ve read (not listed above) have ranged from trite and cliche to dull.

Saturday Small Talk

What are you up to this fine weekend? Things are low key around there, and that’s pretty great. We didn’t end up at the beach last Saturday (thanks, Michigan weather), and today doesn’t look too promising either. One of these days, I WILL get my beach day. This is my last weekend before a triathlon, so I’m sneaking in one last long workout before I take it easy next week. I’m getting excited!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie. Yum.

Enjoy your day!