October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, bringing an important issue and experience into the national spotlight. Here at BookTrib, we want to celebrate this month with uplifting books that radiate happiness, matching the strength and courage that we see in the women and men who are directly dealing with this disease every day. Breast cancer affects so many people, from the ones who are fighting to the family and friends who are aiding in that fight.
Since obviously books always bring us joy, here are five recent reads that we hope will bring a smile to your face as well:
The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino (Thomas Nelson, October 18, 2016)
Any lover of HGTV has to be a fan of Chip and Joanna, the charming couple at the heart of Fixer Upper. Joanna is a top-notch decorator, creating homes that are elegant, vintage-inspired, and so awesome that it almost makes us want to live in Texas (where they do most of their renovations). Chip is a total goofball, throwing his body through walls, climbing trees, and generally creating mayhem. The two have the sweetest relationship, and they live on an adorable ranch with a bunch of equally adorable children and pets. This collection of stories and photos dives into their life together, from how they met, to funny moments with their children, to the business empire they’ve built from scratch. Cute and charming, this family will win you over from page one.
Aly’s House, Leila Meacham (Grand Central Publishing, October 4, 2016)
True love is alive, though a little complicated, in Meacham’s latest novel. After her family betrays his, Aly Kingston is convinced that she’ll never have a future with Marshall Wayne, the boy she’s always loved. But when he comes back to their small town, sparks fly between the troubled couple. The only problem is that he’s set on revenge, determined to destroy those who betrayed him. Aly is torn between love and family, and she’ll have to do the impossible in order to get the future she wants: convince Marshall that some things are more important than vengeance. It might not always be smooth sailing for these two, but their love story will most definitely sweep you off your feet.
Oh She Glows Every Day, Angela Liddon (Avery, September 6, 2016)
Liddon is a popular blogger, posting healthy, plant-based recipes on her well-known food blog, Oh She Glows. This is Liddon’s second vegan cookbook, with her first, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, hitting the New York Times Bestseller List and inspiring vegan eaters everywhere. In Oh She Glows Every Day, Liddon offers even more accessible plant-based recipes that are easy, convenient and designed to help any reader become a little more healthy. If you like vegan cooking, or even if you just want to add more plants to your diet, then this cookbook is a must-have.
Hold Me Cowboy, Maisey Yates (Harlequin Desire, November 1, 2016)
Yates’s new novel combines two things that bring instant joy: Christmas and cowboys. Sam McCormack and Madison West can’t stand each other. She’s cold and distant, he’s arrogant and drives her crazy. But when the two find themselves snowed in for the night, they can’t deny the sparks shooting between them. They give into temptation — only to realize that one night is not enough to squelch that kind of blistering passion. So Sam has a proposal: they keep their affair going, filling the twelve days before Christmas with lots of steamy nights. The result is a sexy, romantic romp that just might lead to true love.
Girls in the Moon, Janet McNally (HarperTeen, November 29, 2016)
McNally’s debut young adult novel is all about mothers and daughters, and how the past can continually influence the present. Phoebe is the daughter of two rock stars. Her mom is happy to put her rocker past behind her, and her father has recently disappeared from her life. With her sister Luna blowing up the Brooklyn indie rock scene, Phoebe is determined to figure out her own place in her talented family. Her journey is interspersed with scenes from her parent’s courtship, showing their own journeys through love and into adulthood. The result is a heartfelt look at family, shared histories, and what it means to truly find yourself.