Books

January Book Roundup

I’ve been in love with reading since I was old enough to hold a book. From beginning picture books to Harry Potter to Pride & Prejudice and Little Women, there’s just something so magical about cracking open that fresh new spine and diving into new worlds unknown. So, I was thinking about how to share what I’m reading and I came up with the Monthly Book Roundup!

Of the four books I’ve read so far this year, my favorite January read was: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gotlieb.

booksThis book was such a surprise for me. I’m a fan of self-help books, my favorites often coming from Brené Brown, but this one is different. It’s about a therapist, her patients, and her own therapist. An interesting insight into their private lives that definitely made me think about my own life in new ways.

It teaches the reader in subtle ways simply by existing. It’s enlightening, funny, inspiring, and sad all at once. Every story, even the sad ones, felt so familiar as if I knew each subject personally. My favorite insights, however, were from Lori’s own life, especially the interactions with her own therapist, Wendell. They were so funny together and it made me realize that not even therapists are infallible.

They’re as messed up as we are and that was so refreshing.

The book is 432 pages with chapters that alternate between Lori’s personal therapist sessions and a few of her clients. Each patient gave permission to be included and the length is necessary for a full picture of each story. Admittedly, about halfway through, I switched over to Audible and liked that much better. The narrator was excellent and really added something extra that my own inner voice couldn’t. This brief foray into the mind of a therapist was so fun and intellectually stimulating and I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t normally read books like this, I think you’ll enjoy it too.

OTHER BOOKS READ IN JANUARY:

  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

Thanks for reading. The monthly roundup will be back next month with my top book(s) for February. Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts? Do you have any favorite reads so far this year? Tell me below!

Super Simple Hazelnut Brownies

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple CookbookA few years ago I stumbled across the instagram account of my now favorite food blogger, Tieghan Gerard, the face behind the drool worthy site, Half Baked Harvest.

I was immediately drawn in by her photos, which are insane, and then I tried some of her recipes and was hooked. The food never disappoints, but what kept me coming back to HBH every day wasn’t the food, it was Tieghan herself. You can just tell from her videos and the way she engages with her followers that she’s such a genuine person.

Since following her she’s published two cookbooks that have quickly become staples in my kitchen. They’re gorgeous and I love having a bit of Half Baked Harvest at home. Her newest book, HBH Super Simple, has quickly overtaken the first and become my favorite cookbook. I use it constantly and my husband actually likes every meal I’ve made. (Does that count as wife goals? Haha!)

So, because my guy is a chocoholic I had to make the five-ingredient hazelnut brownies (six counting the chocolate chips, which I think are essential).

I mean, she had me at Nutella, but only 6 ingredients for brownies?! Sign me up!

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Grab a copy here: Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple Cookbook
(I’m not affiliated in any way, just a fan sharing the love.)

Six- Ingredient Hazelnut Brownies
Yields 9
These brownies are moist, super fudgy, and delicious!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup nutella
  2. 2 large eggs, at room temp
  3. 4 tbs salted butter, melted
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, but I think they're essential)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the nutella, eggs, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips (if using... USE THEM). Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake until the brownies are just set, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Let cool and enjoy.
Adapted from Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple Cookbook
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