Since 2020 has been a year of ups-and-downs, we’ve decided to stop worrying about what we can’t control and start putting more work into our self care. With the sunny season upon us, we’ve decided to start right now by getting outdoors with a few good books.
This month we’re grabbing our latest recipe inspo from Donna Hay, taking an emotional journey with Colleen Hoover and diving deep into a supernatural mystery with Riley Sager.
If you’re looking for something new to read, head into the backyard or pop over to the beach with our latest must-reads ⬇️
Everyday Fresh by Donna Hay
If you’re looking for a fresh and easy dinner that is going to delight your tastebuds and impress your guests, then Donna Hay has you covered! Your favourite tastes with a healthy twist, this cookbook is full of easy recipes to simplify your life.
From Australia’s bestselling and most trusted cook comes a stunning new book featuring super-fresh, super-fast recipes to help you feel nourished and energised … and ready to savour life.
There are days when it feels as though there’s barely time to eat dinner, let alone prepare it. Donna knows on days like these, we all need a little Everyday Fresh in our lives. We all want to create delicious meals packed with flavour and everything that’s good for us, with a minimum of fuss. And that’s exactly what Donna Hay delivers.
A few recipes you’ll find are
🍴Pasta with garlic crumbs, lemon and ricotta
🍴Cauliflower rice bowls with crispy chilli eggs
🍴Oat and coconut chocolate cookie sandwiches
All recipes are available now in Donna Hay’s Everyday Fresh: Meals in Minutes
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is the Queen of writing romances that draw you in and break your heart in the most beautiful ways – Heart Bones is no different.
With a Summer feel, this book is the perfect beach day read.
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
This book has great horror movie vibes and a few supernatural thriller elements that keep you second guessing what’s happening.
Similar to the Haunting of Hill House in style, Home Before Dark is the spooky read you need to pick up this month – especially with Halloween on the way!
Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors.
Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favourite authors (Daisy Jones & The Six anyone?) so it’s no surprise I read this in one-go.
Everything I wanted it to be and more, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo lived up to the hype and has quickly become one of my favourite books of all time. Known for writing strong female characters and transporting you onto the page, I lived for every description of the golden age of Hollywood and found myself swept up in all of Evelyn’s romance and heartbreak.
Beautiful to the very last page.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year, Grown is a YA read that highlights the cycle of abuse and manipulation imposed on young women – particularly young African American women.
It is raw, heartbreaking and at times hard to read because of the subject matter but honestly, it is one of the most thought-provoking YA books I’ve ever read.
Loosely based on the allegations of abuse against R. Kelly and the systemic issues that seem to thrive in today’s society.
Korey Fields is dead. When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.
Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.
Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields? All signs point to Enchanted.
What are you reading at the moment?
Written by Monique Renee
Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.
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