1. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. Here I go with another food book. Lunch in Paris is a memoir about settling into life in Paris with her French husband and discovering a deep love for French cuisine. I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about the culture and being an American in Paris. And I really loved reading about the food—navigating outdoor markets, butchers, fishmongers, recipes, and learning to cook in a new place. Perfect for the foodie in your life!
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor and Park is a young adult novel (but don’t let that throw you!) about being young and unsure and in love. This is a great book. It is fun and clever, and although I found the ending to be a little unsatisfying, I think Rowell really nails it when it comes to portraying what it feels like to be sixteen and falling in love. She captures the feeling of simultaneous ecstasy and horror when you touch someone’s hand for the first time. She gets how awkward everything is, but also how exciting and new and wonderful. Super good.
3. Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand. I picked up this book because I love Elin Hilderbrand’s novels—her older stuff in fun, engaging, and emotional. She develops interesting characters and sets her stoires in beautiful places that she somehow makes you fall in love with over the course of her novels. It is chick lit at its finest. That being said, I didn’t love this book. I don’t think any of the characters were fully developed and the ending was just kind of blah. I just never got that into the story, and then it just ended. The story is set on an inn in Nantucket at Christmas, so it was kind of fun to read over the holidays. Over than that, I was pretty disappointed by this book.