The Bookshelf

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The Bookshelf is a living, breathing, growing list of books that will change and morph over time. Please add your favorites in the comments below! I’m always looking for my next favorite book to add to the Quiet Hollow Bookshelf.

If I Were You by Lynn Austin

I just finished this Lynn Austin novel set mainly in WWII England but it slides over to the States after the War. The Audible version of If I Were You was read by an excellent narrator. The British accents added so much to the storyline which included class differences, the horrors of war, struggling to redefine individual purpose, and what faith means in the middle of such a tumultuous time. The author expertly weaves the story back and forth through a three-decade time setting; culminating in the U.S. in the year I was born…1950. I’m becoming a huge Lynn Austin fan. And, this is another perfect walking book, it kept me getting up and getting dressed to get out on the trail! (The link is to the Audible version but hardback, paperback, and Kindle versions are available as well.)

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

This wonderful, inspirational, well-written fictional narrative is referred to as “A Redemptive, Character-Driven, Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance Novel.” I listened to The Masterpiece during my morning walks and the book actually helped motivate me to get outside and exercise! The characters were believable, endearing, and even though through foreshadowing, I guessed that two main characters would eventually get together, I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns that brought them to that place. I highly recommend The Masterpiece.

Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation by Jen Schmidt

If your heart is looking forward to connecting with people after this big ‘social break’ we’ve had, here’s a great book to inspire you with new ideas for gently hosting again. Based on a biblical hospitality model, this fun book puts hosting in the category of ministry as a way to share yourself and bless others in the process. I LOVE this book and have taken several of Jen Schmidt’s points to heart. As a social introvert (why I’m a blogger!) this totally changed my perspective on entertaining. I write about all of this in a recent post called How to be a Stress-Free Happy Hostess.

Nanaville by Anna Quindlen

This little book came highly recommended by one of my sweet grandma friends. I’ve just started it, but wanted to add it here because it looks so good! Until I have my own words to review, here’s a recommendation from Amazon. “In this wise and endearing book, former New York Times columnist Quindlen . . . addresses the subject of grandparenting, sharing her own experiences and advice. . . .

The book is filled with Quindlen’s playful sense of humor (if her baby daughter had wanted to sleep upside down “like a bat,” she would have let her), along with thoughtful reflections on how parenting and grandparenting have changed (for instance, fathers are more involved, there’s a lot more baby gear to buy, and more people are living long enough to become grandparents). This heartfelt and delightful work will especially appeal to readers already living within their own versions of Nanaville.”Publishers Weekly 

Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick

My new favorite Lori Wick! A sweet story that got me hooked soon and then needed a non-stop reading session to get to the happy ending. Challenges involving language, a sudden death, and patience make for a real-life narrative that entertains, builds your faith but isn’t so painful you want to put it down.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

An all-time favorite is now a movie. Read the book and then log in to Netflix! Set in WWII on a German-occupied island, a wonderful cast of characters brings forth a lovely story. Perfect for you if you love books!

How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp

An amazing resource for those of us not wanting to look older than we have to! Fun suggestions to keep our youth in the ‘eye of the beholder’ as well as in our hearts. My copy is marked up, dog-eared, and tagged throughout. Check out my post about this very topic! Three Tips to Not Look Old

The Princess by Lori Wick

A sweet love story that emerges from a modern-day arranged marriage. Light and happy read with well-developed characters.

Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power Dr. Lisa Mosconi

Brain Food is a comprehensive scientific study focusing on the connection between nutrition and brain health. Dr. Lisa Mosconi, a neuroscientist researching Alzheimer’s and other age-related cognitive abnormalities, presents her findings and suggests effective foods and diets. Of particular interest to me was the connection between menopause and Alzheimer’s. Easy to read and hopeful!

The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Serena Ball, MS, RDN, and Deanna Segrave-Daly, RDN

A great companion cookbook for Brain Food. Tasty, healthy recipes are easy to prepare. The Salmon Skillet Supper was delectable, I’ve marked several others to try!

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