February Booking It: Gift from the Sea, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Salt, Sugar, Fat

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February Booking It: Gift from the Sea, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Salt, Sugar, FatBooking It is an online book club where we share the good reads we’ve found in the previous month. We’ve found that over the years we’ve discovered some great new books thanks to this monthly book share. Carrie and Anne are my fellow bookworms and help round out the selections.

What Anne read:

February Booking It: Gift from the Sea, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Salt, Sugar, Fat

Gift from the Sea

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I’ve been meaning to read Gift from the Sea for years and finally got to it this month. What was I waiting for? In this 1955 classic, Lindbergh examines a variety of seashells, comparing them to the seasons of a woman’s life.

The description doesn’t sound riveting, but as soon as you open the book you realize Lindbergh knows what she’s talking about. She gracefully addresses dealing with fatigue and interruptions, distractions and mothering, marriage and rejuvenation.

It’s a short book–you can read it in a sitting–and it’s the kind of book you’ll want to return to over and over again.

What Carrie read:

February Booking It: Gift from the Sea, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Salt, Sugar, Fat

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

by Maryrose Wood

Some time last year on my Busy Nothings Facebook page, someone recommended that I pick up a copy of this book. Whenever I get a book recommendation I at least look the book up on Amazon to see what others have to say about it, and the reviews were enough to make me buy a used copy, then and there.

Fast-forward a few months and I finally got around to reading it. Without going into a lot of detail, let me say this: it’s a cute book. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book blew any expectations out of the water. Although I’m reading it as an adult without children, it was interesting enough for me to keep turning the page because I wanted to know where the author was going to take the story.

Thinking in terms of what I would have enjoyed as a child, I’m quite sure I would have devoured this book, and I already know that I’m on the hunt for book #2.

Bottom line: charming, mysterious, well written, interesting premise.

What Jessica read:

February Booking It: Gift from the Sea, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Salt, Sugar, Fat

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

Tang was not designed for astronauts. It doesn’t contain anything natural, either. Basically my entire childhood menu was a lie.

This is what I’m learning as I slowly make my way through Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Not just the part about Tang, one of my childhood favorite drinks, but about the food products (because I can no longer call them food) that I grew up eating and loving.

I don’t blame my parents. They were targeted by the Food Giants, as was I. I am learning so much. This book is just rife with research, interviews, and cold hard truths about US food manufacturers, what they have done to our taste buds, and more importantly, what they have done to our food.

If the introduction sounds familiar to you, it should. It was printed in the New York Times last year and the link went viral. It’s a long piece. At the time I wasn’t patient enough to read it all thoroughly. Now, that I’ve got the book on my Kindle (borrowed for a SECOND time from the library), I’m taking the time to read.

My mind is blown. Expect me to get a little feisty in the coming months as I thoroughly digest our food history and try to find a better way to feed my family.

What did YOU read this month that you loved?

– Anne loves strong coffee, long books, and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy.

Be sure to download Anne’s Kid Lit Guide, Paper Gains. It’s a great collection to help you navigate the book store and come through with some great, meaningful reads for the children in your life.

Carrie's Headshot– Carrie adores culture, coffee, books, British mystery shows, and her husband of 13 years. She’s spent time in Africa, southeast Asia, and Alaska, and now works from home as a social media book launch project manager. 

In her spare time, you can find her blogging at Carrie’s Busy Nothings and What’s On My Nightstand

Jessica Fisher Color by Sharon Leppellere - sm– Jessica is a married mom of six kids, aged 5 to 16. Most can read independently which means the homeschool experiment is working – at least on the literacy front.

She has been a lover of books for 40 years and counting. We won’t count the first year of life. She runs this here show called Life as MOM and also posts all the food things over at Good Cheap Eats.

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  1. I’ve been reading Grace-based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel and it is so helpful to me as a mama to two little ones! I am not quite done yet but I totally recommend it to any parent!

      1. I do! The biggest thing for me was dealing with my fears about sending my kids “out into the world”. The author spoke to not letting our fears and worries about keeping our kids safe hinder their ability to grow a strong faith. I actually wrote a post about it. The book was about a whole lot more, but for me it spoke a lot to some of the fears I’ve had lately as I think about my little ones futures.

  2. I know that probably everybody in this world has already read it but I finally read “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis.
    You can find out what I thought of this and the other books I have read about so far at http://adayinthelifeonthefarm.blogspot.com/p/2014-reading-list_871.html.

    I am definitely putting “Salt, Sugar, Fat” on my to read list. I have read all Michael Pollens books as well as Farm Inc. These kind of books encourage me in my small farming endeavors. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I read “Salt, Sugar, Fat” last week while I was on a Caribbean cruise. I have been reducing the amount of processed foods and fast food I eat and past couple of years and making homemade instead. The book was very enlightening. Even though a majority of the food on the ship is made from scratch, many people eat more than they should because it is available all the time. The last two cruises I have made an effort of watching what I eat and only gained 2 pounds per cruise instead of my regular 5 pounds. I have heard some people gain 10-15 pounds during a 7 day cruise. Just as with money, I feel better by taking a few steps to not have much extra weight to lose afterwards and by also watching how much money I spend while gone I am not as stressed afterwards worrying about having extra debt to pay off.

  4. I just finished The Rented Mule by Bobby Cole. It was a pretty good page turner with a bit of a psychological twist that I didn’t expect. It was easy to read and the main character was endearing, there was a section in the middle that dragged some, but the ending made up for that. I would recommend it for anyone who likes the mystery/thriller genre.


  5. I read The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd. I could not put it down. Such a great story of the friendship, conflict, and love between a young slave girl and her master. Currently working my way through Whistling Past the Graveyard, which is cute, but not quite and compelling as the last book. Next up is the new John Grisham book Sycamore Row. I’ve heard it’s really good.

  6. I love this monthly feature! I am always happy to find good book recommendations! I am reading Salt,Sugar,Fat right now,although it is taking me awhile. It is truly eye-opening. Especially the part about the addictiveness of Coca-Cola, as both my husband and I Diet Coke addicts. I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, but still… I have always been interested in healthy eating and nutrition, but this book is making me look at the foods we eat with an even more discerning eye, especially the foods my kids like the most – the junky kind!

  7. I re-read two books by favorite author, Jaime Langston Turner: No Dark Valley and Some Wildflower in My Heart. Loved them again. They are Christian fiction, but not sappy or stupid or romance. (Not that all Christian fiction is…) These two books have probably the heaviest themes of any of her writing, but they were the two available when I wanted to read.

  8. Oops remembered that one is a romance basically, but that isn’t the point of the book really.

  9. I always enjoy these posts, we love books and are always interested in learning about new ones! 🙂

    Our local library branch held a fun “Have A Blind Date With A Book” event this month, where all the librarians hand picked some of their favorite books of all different genres and wrapped them up with paper like decorated Valentines gifts. All nicely arranged on a focal point shelf, the front of each covered-up book had a label listing the genre only, like Victorian, YA Fiction, Historical Fiction, etc. Then inside each was a card where you could “Rate Your Date.” I decided to go for it and picked 2 books. :). One book was Historical and an interesting read about the current Queen of England, and the second that I just finished was The Giver by Lois Lowry. Wow, for a small YA book, it made me appreciate the valuable gifts of freedom, choices, love and family, and the balance of liberty and choice with stability and fairness.

    Jessica, I do have a question for you: I’ve been bookmarking a list of all the foodie books you have mentioned over the past year, but don’t know where to jump in. What would you recommend to begin with? This book Salt, Sugar, Fat or another of Moss’ books? Or one of Michael Pollan’s books, or ?? I have read a lot of articles, but never an actual book, so any ideas on where to start are appreciated! 😀

    1. In Defense of Food was an easier read, and a good intro. I think Salt, Sugar, Fat is a better journalistic endeavor, but it is really slow going. There’s so much info. Go with Michael Pollan first.

    2. Acmommy, I read The Giver last month as I am working through a list of movies from books that will come out in the summer. I did give it to my daughters to read after I finished it, as I felt they were ready to talk about the topics in this story. While this book is not one I would want my kiddos to read before late middle school on their own, it was a good springboard for some discussion since we each read it in a short amount of time.

  10. Acmommy- I read The Giver a few years ago and it was very thought provoking. (It was after a workshop leader discouraged us from reading it!)

    1. Yes, it was thought provoking! I don’t know if I would have selected the book on my own, but since I was in-between books I decided to try our library’s “mystery pick” books for something different. 🙂 I truly admired the skill of the writing, and found much to think about and appreciate. The only thing I would be uncomfortable with is giving it to kids, even though it’s a YA book. 🙂

  11. I haven’t read or posted anything this month, thank you all for the great recommendations – cs Lewis is already on the nightstand and I am planning on salt sugar fat soon!