Welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday!
For those of you that don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018, where Jana posts in advance topics for us and we then make a post about them.
This week’s prompt is: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree
I get almost 100% of my books from our local library. I’m thrifty-frugal that way and although I do love books, I don’t need to own them to love them. I figure my tax money pays for all those books – and they don’t need to be stored in my home. The exception to this is when I find a cookbook I can’t live without. (Rare, but it happens.) So, I’m going to switch this prompt up a bit.
Books I Would Give As A Gift
Books are special. They have the ability to transport us to other places and times, teach us things, or even change our heart or opinions on matters. Below are ten books I’ve either given or would give as a gift.
My mother gave me this book to read around the age of 16. I’ve always been a frugal sort, but this iced the cake. It saved me from so much financial heartache and turned me into a “I’d rather make money than spend money” kind of gal. I don’t spend easily and sometimes that’s a bad thing, but mostly, it’s good. I use things up and until they wear out. I make do when new is unnecessary – and our bank account stays happy because of it. I would recommend everyone (but especially young adults getting ready to control their own money) read this book.
Synopsis: Get out of debt and stay out with the help of Dave Ramsey, recently seen by millions of Today Show viewers. His practical regimen, first set forth by The Financial Peace Planner, which will be published by Penguin in January 1998. Loaded with inspirational insights that come from personal experience, this set of books is the most valuable purchase a debt-ridden reader can make.
My love for this book started in high school home economics class – we used an old version but the recipes and the format were so easy to use. I got an updated version as a gift for a birthday shortly after I was married and loved it even more. The ring binding, the glossy pages, the bright colors and OH! All the information!! It’s chock full of info on how to cook just about anything! I love the quick references on how to cook veggies and meats. This book is my go-to wedding gift or newlywed couple gift. My copy has been used so much the cover is starting to fall apart but I don’t want to give it up because it has all my notes penciled in the edges.
Synopsis: Since 1930, the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book has been a trusted staple in kitchens across America. The 17th edition is fully updated and revised to reflect both the best of today’s food trends and time-tested classics. With more than 1,000 recipes and a photo for each one, the book covers both traditional dishes such as Brownies and new favorites like Cold Brew Coffee. This newest edition has a fresh organization to reflect how we cook today–recipes have flavor variations, options to swap out ingredients, and ways to make them healthier. Clear directions and how-to photos teach techniques; identification photos clarify the broad range of today’s ingredients; charts for meat and poultry give at-a-glance cooking times; and “cheat sheets” throughout present information in easy-to-access bites. And, for the first time, the book is now a handy, lay-flat hardcover, perfect for today’s kitchens.
I never asked for this book but I am beyond grateful another mother gave it to me as a shower gift. It simply works. I read every word during those very early days and what resulted was pure magic. This is THE book to get new moms in my opinion.
Synopsis: In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying.
No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy.
Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there is a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” [read more]
I read a handful of potty training books at the beginning of this year. This one contained all the right info and it worked perfectly. I wouldn’t hesitate to gift to parents getting ready to tackle this big milestone with this book.
Synopsis: Jamie Glowacki—potty-training expert, Pied Piper of Poop, and author of the popular guide, Oh Crap! Potty Training—shares her proven 6-step plan to help you toilet train your preschooler quickly and successfully. [read more]
We got this as a gift for our three year old. He LOVES the stories inside, as well as the RED book. These BIG book compilations is where we discovered PJ Funnybunny and Stop That Ball! along with so many others our son loves. These books are papa’s favorites to read nighttime stories from. I’d give it as a gift to any young toddler in a heartbeat.
Synopsis: What could make a better present than a classic Beginner Book? Six of them—for less than the price of two! We’ve taken the complete text and art of three beloved P.D. Eastman titles: Go, Dog. Go!, Are You My Mother?, and The Best Nest; Robert Lopshire’s Put Me In the Zoo (the first of his books featuring the character Spot); Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen’s It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (the first PJ Funnybunny story); and Mike McClintock’s charming, cautionary tale A Fly Went By, and bound them together in one sturdy hardcover omnibus. A perfect introduction to reading that will whet young readers appetites for additional books in the Beginner Book series.
This man helped revolutionize my health. I believe what he says in these pages to be true. He’s making a big difference for a lot of people. He’s breaking down the walls of lies surrounding our healthcare – and the bunk we’ve all been fed for the last 40+ years. This book can save lives. It is NOT what the mainstream says to be doing for optimal health and will probably upset a few people — but anyone who takes their health seriously needs to take a look in these pages. He’s really onto something here.
Synopsis: Has your doctor lied to you?
Chances are he has, and most likely unknowingly. If you’ve been misled by bad medical advice your health will suffer. It is time you discover the truth. Medical research is expanding so quickly that only the most dedicated doctors can keep up with it all. Is your doctor that dedicated?
Lies My Doctor Told Me reveals the truth behind the lies told by well-meaning doctors. Whether it’s recommending a low-fat diet, or warning you to avoid the sun, these medical lies can cause really harm to your health.
Does your doctor still recommend that you avoid cholesterol and eat lots of whole-grains? What about a paleo diet or ketogenic diet, have they been mentioned in an office visit? So much of the nutrition and lifestyle advice doctors give is just plain wrong, and that can be dangerous. This book will help you sort through the medical myths and the outright lies, and begin to develop a health partnership with your doctor.
This book will teach you:
- the truth about whole wheat’s effect on the human body
- whether milk is good for you
- the facts about fat intake on your heart health
- how the Food Pyramid came into existence
- the dangers and benefits of hormone therapy
- the truth about salt
- how doctors think about prevention and nutrition
- much more
I love the Clutterbug lady. (Probably partly because I adore her decorating style and color choices.) If I had a friend in need of some organizing motivation, this would be the direction I’d send her and the book I’d start her on. I read the whole thing cover-to-cover and it was very motivational. A short read packed with lots of good info. I’d also have to recommend the Clutterbug YouTube channel as well. Cas is very entertaining!
Synopsis: #1 Amazon Best Seller! Real Life Organizing offers clutter free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life and have more time for the things you love. Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day. [read more]
Simply a great novel. I very much enjoy all of Kristin Hannah’s stories but this one was spectacular. Anyone who likes World War 2 historical fiction will certainly enjoy this one.
Synopsis: In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.
This is just fiction – but it rocked my perceptions of race and what I do, as a white woman, take for granted. I was hooked from the very beginning and found the end to be a little unbelievable but it was all wrapped up and justifiable. This was my first Jodi Picoult book and won’t be my last. I want all my girlfriends to read this. It broke my heart and taught me a thing or two all in an entertaining story.
Synopsis: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
I read this a long time ago and found it incredibly helpful to interpret relationships. It doesn’t just apply in romantic relationships but in all areas of life. There’s a lot of practical application and information we should all understand about each other. And yes – it’s particularly helpful to husband/wife relationships. But he’s come out with a whole series of these for other parts of your life as well. Check them out here.
Synopsis: Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?
In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.
The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.
And that’s my list of great books to gift. Have you given or received any of these? Are there any you think I should check out? Please let me know!!