In the summer issue of A Sweet Spot: Home Magazine, I included a couple of articles about what books are on my summer reading list. This included both novels (and one non-fiction) as well as cookbooks. Just in case you missed the magazine, (and if you did, please read it here!) here are the books that are currently taking up a little space in my Kindle:
1. THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS | Meg Waite Clayton: I’ve not yet started this book, but this book had my attention when I read that it was a story about mothers, daughters, and secrets…and the fact that it’s set in England didn’t hurt, either. 2. THE SILVER STAR | Jeannette Walls: With the massive success of The Glass Castle, I knew that The Silver Star would be a book I’d definitely be interested in reading. This story about “an intrepid girl who challenges the social injustices of the adult world” promises to be a good read. 3. THE TURK WHO LOVED APPLES | Matt Gross: This is the book that I’m currently tearing through and I’m enjoying it so much. As someone who would love to spend all of her time traveling and visiting new places, this book is really speaking to me. 4. WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD | Susan Crandall: I’m about one third of the way through this book and have found it to be a captivating read. So much happens in so few pages, it has definitely kept me intrigued. The book is told from the perspective of a child, which can make the story seem so much more heartbreaking in places, and more adorable in others. A great read so far.
But as if those weren’t enough books to keep me busy, I’m also reading some other books to help me improve my skills in different areas. Let’s call this my professional reading, shall we?
1. PLATE TO PIXEL | Helen Dujardin: I’ve been eying this book for months and months and clicked the “add to cart” button and ordered it. It’s a gorgeous book filled with extremely helpful tips on taking beautiful food photography. 2. WILL WRITE FOR FOOD | Dianne Jacob: This book has actually been on my Kindle for months and months…it’s just that I forgot I’d ordered it. While searching for a different book, I came across this one and started reading it. It’s filled with great ideas for improving your food blog, your reviews, and even ideas for cookbook writing. (Not that I have ANY interest in that at all…..*liar*….) 3. START. | Jon Acuff: This book was all the rage at Blissdom this year. My Instagram feed blew up with images of the cover and at first, I thought, they’re just promoting it because they’re at Blissdom, and that’s just what you do. Then I started hearing about people reading it who hadn’t been to Blissdom, and they were impressed. So, I downloaded a copy and started reading. It’s an easy read filled with inspiring ideas to help you escape being average and start being awesome, in all areas of your life! 4. FOOD STYLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS | Linda Bellingham & Jean Ann Bybee: While I’ve only skimmed this book so far, I can tell it’s going to be a great resource book for me to keep on hand. Filled with tricks and tips that will help the food you’re photographing come across better in the images, this book is a real asset to all food photographers.
I’ve also got some great cookbook suggestions that will be releasing this summer, but you’ll have to check out the magazine to hear about those!