Booking It’s Greatest Hits

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Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

I’ve got good new and I’ve got bad news. Which do you like first?

I like to get disappointments out of the way, so we’ll go with the “bad” – though it’s not really bad.

(Booking It is retiring.)

Yep. Sometimes you gotta say good bye to good things. While I will still share books that I’ve read here on Life as MOM, I won’t be hosting this feature every month.

I started the Booking It feature back in the winter of 2010. It’s been FIVE really fun years, but over the last few months, it’s become clear that you — and I — are just not all that into it. So, Booking It is retiring, at least in the formal sense.

We read some awesome books.

That was the “bad” news, which is really just a blip on your radar screen, but I thought I should just say it. The good news is that together we read some really great books over the last five years. I thought it would be fun, instead of recapping the year, to recap the past five years.

I scrolled through the archives and made note of the books that jumped out at me. They are books that have shaped my life. Here are the top ten twelve books that I’ve read, reviewed, and raved about in Booking It, most of where were published in the last five years as well. Any of these would make great Christmas gifts.

Gosh, I might almost call myself hip. For sure, I’d call these our greatest hits.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This excellent novel takes place in World War II on the island of Guernsey. I had no idea that there were British islands off the coast of France, let alone that they’d been occupied by the Nazis for the entire length of the war. This is a tremendous novel that I don’t actually own. It may need to be a Christmas gift to myself.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

The Happiness Project Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin spent a year studying happiness and working more of it into her life. While my husband couldn’t get into this book at all, I found it life-changing. I could identify with the author on a number of levels, particularly as an overachieving, approval-seeking woman. I’m not sure how I would read the book now but I know that it helped me enact some changes in my mindset that were sorely needed.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

The Monster in the HollowsGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years. and the entire Wingfeather Saga

by Andrew Peterson

We were fans of Andrew Peterson’s music prior to reading his fantasy novel series. But, if I had to choose, I’d choose the books. The four novels in the Wingfeather Saga have provided me and my kids with hours of entertainment together. That’s one of the things I love of about novels you can read aloud – it’s a joint experience.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

A Million Miles in a Thousand YearsGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Donald Miller

Several years ago, this book made the rounds in the blogosphere. I hadn’t been able to get into Miller’s previous book, Blue Like Jazz, so I was doubtful. But, one Christmas my husband and I were fighting over who had access to the book. It really gave us some good food for thought as well as conversation.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

The Kitchen Counter Cooking SchoolGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Kathleen Flinn

This book by francophile chef, Kat Flinn, is one of my favorite food books and ranks in my top 12 of cookbook and kitchen reading. After finishing at the Cordon Bleu, Flinn set out to find her place in the food world. She ended up teaching ten novice home cooks how to make their way around the kitchen. The memoir is chock-full of great information and is one of my yearly rereads.

You can read my reviews herehere, and here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

French Kids Eat EverythingGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Karen Le Billon

This book really challenged me on some of the lazy habits I had developed when it came to feeding my kids. Feeding them vegetables in particular. Le Billon, married to a French man, spends a year living in the French countryside. She finds out how very far her North American kids are from their culinary roots and makes some decided changes so that they can learn to love all food. It will make you think, Mama.

 

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

Love Does Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Bob Goff

Some people love Bob Goff’s first book, Love Does. Some don’t. My husband, sons, and I loved it. Like A Million Miles it got me thinking about what kind of life I want to live and what kind of legacy I want to leave behind. I still struggle with the practical application of it, but the book is funny and full of stories to get you to dream big.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

Bread and WineGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Shauna Niequist

I’m never as happy as I am when I am sitting around a table of good food with great friends, having good conversation. The moments for this are rare since my greatest friends live far away. This book made me cry — on the treadmill, no less — when I realized that truth and how much I miss it. Bread and wine is a great memoir about the power of life around the table together.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

Mysterious Benedict Society CollectionGreat Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.

by Trenton Lee Stewart

My kids and I read through the Benedict Society books one year. It was one of the best experiences we’ve had in a long time. In fact, it’s been a long time since we had a read aloud. I need to remedy that this vacation.

These mystery novels are good for adults as well as kids. They are full of intrigue and logic games that get you thinking.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.Salt Sugar Fat

by Michael Moss

It took me awhile to make it through the end of this treatise on the American food system and the load of junk they are feeding us. I don’t know that any other book has got me so mad. All my kids 12 and over have read it. They understand why I’ve made the food choices I’ve made in reforming our diet. If this book doesn’t make you think twice about what you buy, I’d be surprised.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 

Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.Tasty Food Photography

by Lindsay Ostrom

This is just a simple ebook on food photography by a food blogger in Minnesota. However, it has made a HUGE difference in my life. A year ago I was set with the responsibility to photograph all the pictures in my fourth cookbook. I don’t know if I could have done it without this book. It was the crash course I needed.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book here.

 

Great Books to Read | Life as MOM - Need a good book rec? Check out this list of my favorite books written in the last five years.The Monuments Men

by Robert Edsel

Carrie recommended this book early in the year and I’m so glad I spent some time reading it this summer. Several of the boys read it before we left for France. It really changed the way I looked at art in the Louvre and other museums that we visited. I don’t take historical works of art as much for granted as I once did. I had no idea they were once in peril.

You can read my review here.

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

 What are the best books YOU’VE read in the last five years?

 

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I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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Comments

  1. Upon your recommendation I read The Kitchen Counter Cooking School and it was a “changer” for me. I look forward to rereading it a number of times also.

  2. Pamela j says:

    I will miss the booking it feature:(. You prompted me to get the mysterious Benedict society books from the library and the whole family enjoyed them. Thanks for all the great recommendations over the years.

    • Don’t worry! I’ll still be reading and reviewing books. I’m just taking the pressure off myself so that it doesn’t have to be at a regular time each month. 🙂

  3. I’m sad that this will be going away, although I completely understand the need to simplify. I’ve found some really enjoyable and interesting reads through your site. And thanks for introducing me to Modern Mrs. Darcy – I get plenty of recs from her site, I’ll just miss your thoughts on books you’ve read.

  4. I think it’s a great idea to take the pressure off yourself to post this every month, but I’ll still be looking forward to when you do post books you’ve loved! I’ve read several of these and love them as well. Funny story: right after my brother got married, my sister in law and I discovered we both loved the Mr. Benedict books although neither of us had ever discussed them with the other. That was a funny moment since neither of us know anyone else who has read them 🙂

    Also, somehow I missed your review of the food photog book. But my hubby got me Good Cheap Eats for Christmas (hooray! lots of pages bookmarked already…) and I was really enjoying the photos. I looked to see who’d taken them and saw you did them all–they are fabulous! I can tell you’ve learned a ton and put into practice what you’ve learned. Heading right over to read the book review–it sounds like a winner 🙂

  5. Cindy b says:

    Thanks for your list-I too loved the potato peel society! It is one of my all time favorites. After reading you post I went to Amazon to order the Benedict society 1st book as a read aloud for my boys (8 &10). I think it will be good during our winter break to keep those brains working!

  6. I will miss Booking It! Glad to know that you will still share your book recommendations. I have enjoyed many titles featured on past posts including The Benedict Society series, Salt Sugar Fat, and Peace Like a River, which I just finished. Please keep sharing when you have the chance. Merry Christmas!

  7. I am sad to see the Booking It linky go but I am glad you will still be reviewing books. Thank you Jessica for having this link up for so long. I have been inspired by what you read and the others that contributed. It prompted me to have my own booking it post regularly on my blog. Thank you for all your hard work!

  8. Allie z says:

    Love this round up! A few I’ve purchased and a few I need to add to my library holding to read soon!

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