Oh my goodness, this book. What a lovely and perfect book for me to be reading right now. With Henry I remember reading ALL of the baby and pregnancy books. All of the how-tos and guides to pregnancy and after, and throughout all of that reading I don't think I encountered anything quite like this. Part guide, part cookbook, this book takes you through the first forty days postpartum and how you can use that time to focus on healing and bonding with your baby rather than stressing about anything else. I found this book to be immensely inspiring, even as a third-time mama. I can only imagine the benefit of reading this my first time around! We are told so often to bounce back as quickly as possible from birth, and this book tells you the exact opposite. It encourages parents to take time to soak it up, relying on their support systems to nourish them with good food and love. Get this book for anyone you know that's pregnant, get this book for yourself if you are pregnant, just get this book! I'm loving it, and I also recommend getting the hardcover rather than the Kindle version because it's so beautiful!
One True Loves
So since this post I've been loving ALL of the books by Taylor Jenkins Reid and making my way through them, but I wanted recommend this one in particular today. I have just fallen in love with this author, and have been sharing this recommendation with anyone who will listen. I'm a huge fan of non-fiction books, but I often like to take a break and dive into some "beach reading," which is what I call the easy to read, almost fluffy books that don't make you think too hard. Like a magazine, but in book form. The one thing that always annoys me about those kind of books though, is that sometimes the writing is just horrible. NOT the case with this author though- she is on point with every aspect of her writing and is truly a pleasure to read. One True Loves is about a woman who is engaged to one man, but then her long-lost husband comes back...and I'm sure you can guess how dramatic that is. It's not cheesy at ALL though, even though it sounds fairly ridiculous from that short synopsis. Just trust me and read it, I bet you'll love it!
The Art of Pie
If you know me, you know how much I love pie. I come from a long line of pie bakers and it is hands-down my all-time favorite treat. Apple pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue (without the meringue, please!)...I could go on. This book caught my eye as a gift option for a friend actually, but once I opened it I had to get it for myself too. It covers everything from the basics- knowing your oven, ingredients, etc.- to so much more. The author weaves stories into the recipes and tips to make you really feel as if it's an art book, inspiring readers to look at pie making as one of the most beautiful things you could do. I'm almost done with this book and can't wait to try out my first recipe. Highly recommend!
Happy reading! xo