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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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our loves - takes one to tango

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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our loves - Neanderthal Seeks Human

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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — the book thief

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 buy 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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — all my friends are dead

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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — Dance Book

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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — 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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — Magnolia Table

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

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — The Time in Between book

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!

“I am just starting to read this novel The Time in Between, but I have heard great things — the movie is phenomenal and is currently on Netflix.” – Jami


10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

best novels, cookbook, and other books our team loves — the giver

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


What’s your favorite book right now?

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Comments 26

  1. Monica

    The China Study and The Plant Paradox.

  2. Allison

    Did I miss this giveaway? Bummer.

    • llgeer

      I know that is What it says but it was just posted what’s up

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So sorry for the confusion! We updated the link so please try again when you have a chance! 🙂

  3. adrianne blanas

    Helena Hunting’s Pucked series – Hockey Hotties!

    • Ashley

      I loved the pucked series!!!

  4. Sharron

    It says contest is over???? Whaaaat?

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sorry about that, Sharron! It should be going to the correct place now!

  5. Tammy

    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult… opened my eyes and made me rethink some of my own beliefs, which always makes for a great book. I’m intrigued by The Giver (love dystopian fiction and have actually seen the movie) and will definitely check it out.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      It is really great and the movie does not do it justice! 🙂

    • cpnkay

      The Giver is amazing! A classic!

  6. SusanAlyssaTurner

    Just read a book from a new author Katie A. Nelson.
    The Duke of Bannerman Prep was a great book. A modern day take on the Great Gatsby. Loved it!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh, I loved The Great Gatsby! I will have to check this one out.

  7. Michelle

    Loving Paradox Bound right now by Peter Clines

  8. kj

    forgotten garden by Kate morton

    • Marie

      I second that! Kate Morton and Jodi Piccoult are two of my favorite authors.

  9. JulieB

    The Vanishing American Adult

    Tuesday’s With Morrie

    For One More Day

  10. PlentyofUs5

    my husband & I watched The Time In Between on Netflix and we really enjoyed it!

  11. cpnkay

    I just read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I loved it!! Highly recommend!

  12. Amymae1100

    A Man Called Ove, The Girl with All the Gifts and American Gods are all three books you can’t put down!

  13. Lisa K.

    The Scarlet Thread by Fracine Rivers – I couldn’t put it down, but was sad to see it end!

    • Amy

      Love Francine Rivers books! My favorites are her Mark of the Lion series.

  14. Stacie

    Oh.man. The Book Thief is such a great read but The Giver… y’all, I read all 4 of the books in less than a week with 4 little kids underfoot. So fascinating with Ah-amazing themes and beautiful messages. Can’t wait to read them with my 12 year old when we’re done with the Anne of Green Gables Series.

  15. Sisi

    Many great books already mentioned. I would add Liane Moriarty books. They are really interesting, about ordinary people. One of the books is “big little lies” if you are fan of the tv series you should read the book in order to understand why it ended that way (sorry, trying not to spoil things). The husband’s secret is also really good.

    The author’s style is really interesting and unique – she gradually reveals things (story, characters, etc) until the end shocks you but it always makes sense. I hope I make sense.

  16. laurie kerze

    New testament,finding God.

  17. Lyssa

    “Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress” by Debra Ginsberg continues to be one of my favorite books. Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant can relate to her stories, but because of the writing style it is a good summer read as well.

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