10 Books Our Hip2Save Team Absolutely LOVES — Favorite Novels, Cookbooks & More
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If you’re like us, one of your favorites ways to unwind is by cracking open a good book.
Our team loves finding the best reads, whether we’re into a gripping novel, pretending we’re Lina in the kitchen with a cookbook, or bettering ourselves in other ways. And regardless what we’re into, you can believe we’re recommending our latest finds to each other.
Since we’re kind of a pseudo book club, as part of our 10th Birthday Celebration, we wanted to share our current FAVORITES with you! So if you’re looking for new summer reading material or just something your kids will enjoy, check out this list!
1. It Takes One to Tango by Winifred M. Reilly
This is a marriage book that may seem counter-intuitive but actually makes sense… need I say more?
It Takes One to Tango is a groundbreaking guide that shows how one determined partner, acting ALONE, can spark a lasting, significant change in a marriage — often accomplishing change that cannot be made any other way. It doesn’t matter how short-fused, argumentative, or seemingly impossible your partner can be or even how long you’ve been stuck. A great read if you’re married or getting married!
“I am reading It Takes One to Tango that my other sis recommended and LOVE it!! Such a great marriage book — totally a different outlook which I think now makes so much sense.” – Collin
2. Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance by Penny Reid
If you’re in the mood for a funny romance, here’s one you’ll want to pick up! After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wonder what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan (ahem… a total hottie) witnesses it all and then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn (the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalker-ish tendencies) to make her an offer she can’t refuse.
“I loved this book as it was and its the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. It lets you dive into the super sweet, funny, and quirky love story of Janie and Quinn. You will literally fall in love with these unique characters and will be rooting for them throughout the book. This is one of those books that I started to purposely slow down reading as I reached the end as I did not want the book to come to an end. If you are looking for an upbeat book that will make you smile, this is it!” – Bryn
3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
If you enjoy reading historical novels, give this page-turner a look! This book is narrated by Death (a bit morbid but so crucial for the story) who tells us the tale of Liesel Meminge, a young German girl, whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they’re hiding, as well as their neighbors.
“One of my favorites ever is The Book Thief by M. Zusak. I love the way it is written as well as the story itself!” – Michelle
4. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen & Jory John
This is a hilarious children’s book for adults! 😉 Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this book teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament – from the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners.
“This book is hilarious! It’s not really suited for young children, but teens and up will love it.” – Jennifer
5. Dance by Matthew Van Fleet
This book is just so stinkin’ adorable! It’s a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! It’s filled with charming art, jazzy text, and fun pull tabs that make the different animals bounce, shake, and bop as they dance to the Hippoppta Hula, Gator Mashed Patater, and more! Get your dancing feet ready! 💃🏼
“My daughter loves this book because you can make the characters dance throughout the book, and I enjoy reading it because of the fun rhythm. Plus, we’ve read this book every day for the last three years and it looks brand new – definitely a sturdy book!” – Chelsey
6. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
This book is for all the powerful women out there! 💪🏻 Ultimate girl boss Sophia Amoruso shares her story that started with her dumpster diving for vintage finds to launching her successful retail company Nasty Gal. She gets down to the nitty-gritty by offering insights on entrepreneurship, career advice, and how she organically grew her business from the ground up.
Her story is so captivating that it inspired the recent Netflix series in the same name!
“My all-time favorite book is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. It gave me so much perspective of how amazing things can come from nothing with some perseverance and cleverness. Plus, I love the bada** mentality that Sophia has within her writing.” – Emily
7. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines
Looking for new dinner recipes? Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes such as Chicken Pot Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Overnight French Toast, Banana Bread, Lemon Pie, and Mac and Cheese — is your mouth watering yet? 😋 The recipes are inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and even classic comfort selections from the Gaines’ new restaurant, Magnolia Table which I heard is amazing!
“I love the Magnolia Table Cookbook because it’s full of PRACTICAL and EASY recipes that look like they’ve come straight from a restaurant! The cookbook is also a really good overall read as there are a ton of stories behind each recipe, which makes it feel like so much more than a cookbook!” – Amber
8. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Need a little motivation? Wanting to make a change? In a compelling, story-driven narrative, Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.
“In their book Switch, Chip and Dan Heath share how difficult times call for serious inner dialogue. How do you make the tough plays that bring about success? As someone who tends to over-strategize, this book taught me that it’s fine to be the rider (thinker), but that it’s also important to be the elephant (doer). Through plenty of aha! moments, this book offers real world examples of seemingly ordinary people who’ve overcome incredible obstacles—and how they made their switch to create change.” – Jamie
9. The Time In Between by Maria Dueñas
This book is an inspiring international bestseller about a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself into a prestigious dressmaker, who follows a lover to Morocco, loses a fortune, and turns into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.
If you’re a Netflix member and enjoy this book, you may want to check out the series on Netflix!
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the “Receiver of Memory” does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
Once you finish the book, you’ll want to check out the three companion novels — Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Also, this book hit the big screen in 2014 by being adapted into a movie, but many have reported quite a few differences between the read and the film.
“My almost 16 year old son and I LOVE reading Dystopian books together. I pre-read for content and he follows behind me. It makes for some great discussions with him! The Giver is one of our favorites!” – Holly