- Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Haley and Daniel Stewart is a lovely book that includes a lineup of the the liturgical year, stories of saints and stories of three-year-olds, and lots of great-looking food. If you read Haley's blog, Carrots for Michaelmas, you know that her style is warm and practical, smart and down to earth, and utterly delightful. Her new book is, too.
- If you and a child you love never read Melissa Wiley's The Prairie Thief together, you should remedy that right away. My review of the book is here (and don't forget to throw that Prairie Thief luncheon, complete with bucket of hazelnuts.)
- Lissa's husband, Scott Peterson, hooked me immediately with his Uncivil War series. I am eagerly awaiting more installments, and can't wait to find out where this story is going. Uncivil War: The Island and Uncivil War: After the Fall are both compelling page-turners that plunge us into a world in collapse. Scary but oh-so-good. (These ones are for adults - language and violence.)
- Quinn Cummings' Pet Sounds is on sale (on Kindle) for $2.99! Quinn has been making me laugh for some time now, and Pet Sounds did not disappoint.
- Betsy and I both really enjoy Kate Morton's novels. I'm reading The Secret Keeper right now, and also loved The Forgotten Garden.
And regarding gift ideas, I've heard there's a book about Deathbed Conversions that might be worth a look....