Another month, another month in books post. I made the same mistake this month that I did the month Rafa was born and got two large books (cookbooks). But now that Rafa is sleeping regularly and for longer periods it is a lot easier to get through them as I’m not trying to juggle them while feeding him. I’ve also noticed that I’m enjoying cookbooks a lot more. Sadly this was another month of none of the books making my notable list.

1. New Zealand Cafe Cookbook – Anna King Shahab | I plan on “working” my way through this cookbook by visiting the cafes listed in it when we travel. It’s such a great idea – lots of scrumptious recipes and a guide to some of the most inventive cafes in the country. I borrowed this book from the library but I’m considering getting myself a copy – or making a list of the cafes in it (at least) to work my way through.

2. A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse – Mimi Thorisson | Another beautifully produced cookbook that I read from cover to cover, much like my favourite cookbook by David Lebovitz. Patrick and I are working our way through the recipes, so far a standout dish has been the Roast Chicken with Creme Fraiche and Herbs. Next time we’ll do two, because the boneless chicken pieces make the best chicken sandwich filling!

3. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes | This is the first Jojo Moyes book I’ve read. I’d seen Me Before You creeping up all over Instagram but it didn’t appeal to me. I’m not sure what made me pick up a copy, it might have been someone describing the debate or sharing their thoughts on assisted/accompanied suicide. This piqued my interest and I’m glad. The book was well-written and described the tension and complicated dynamic between the individual and their family and friends when it comes to the right to die.  I can’t wait to see the movie.

4. Left Neglected – Lisa Genova | It took me a while to get into this book. Early on in the book the constant description of the main characters busy dreams left me feeling rather bored. As the story developed and the explanation of left neglect emerged I become more interested in the condition and the efforts towards rehabilitation. I felt the book started too slowly and ended too suddenly though.

More than anything else I’m just glad that I’m making the time to read and retain this part of my life that brings me so much pleasure – and gives me some alone time!

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