One of my favorite books is a 1950’s YA novel. It is a fun, quick, satisfying story on its own, but I know part of the reason I love it is because of the feelings of comfort it brings.
I first read it during a winter holiday, curled up on a big armchair, sipping hot cocoa and eating cheese and crackers. I think about the book and I think about my snack and get the same warm feeling I got reading it 15 years ago!
Consider these book/snack combos for your next book group or a quiet afternoon reading alone.
Read This … Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
In 1960’s North Carolina, Jane and Ivy’s different worlds intertwine. At 15, Ivy, a tenant on a tobacco farm, has taken on the role of caretaker for her grandmother, her mentally ill older sister, and her sister’s two-year-old son. Jane accepted a job as a social worker, to her husband’s chagrin. Jane is assigned to Ivy’s family and cannot help but become emotionally involved in their lives – putting everyone’s future in jeopardy. As secrets emerge, both Jane and Ivy are caught in struggles to do what is right. How do you follow your heart when everyone is telling you you’re wrong?
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Snack on That … Lemonade & Oatmeal Cookies
Soft oatmeal cookies are sweet, comforting and simple. Lemonade crosses all economic barriers and is the perfect tart drink sip on while you read!
Read This … Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
YA fiction author Mary Rose has taken on the role of stay-at-home mom so her partner, Hilary, can further her career as theater director. Over the course of one week, we watch Mary Rose flounder in the space between her writing and her homemaker duties, putting her in a state which dredges up haunting memories from her own childhood. In a frustrated flurry of anger and desperation, Mary Rose puts herself and her children in danger and shows us that even though family bonds are strong, it takes little to bend and break them.
Snack on That … Organic Grapes & Veggie “Chips”
Grapes are easy to grab for a snack, as is a handful of “chips” made from vegetables – which are healthier than regular potato chips but just as fun. The fast pace of Adult Onset calls for a quick, no-fuss snack!
Read This … We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Generations of the Sinclair family are summering on their private island. As the adults drink, argue, and vie for the biggest chunk of the family fortune, Cadence, her two cousins and close friend Gat experience drama on their own. A mysterious accident leaves Cadence in constant pain and confusion. Lost among her dysfunctional family, she falls hard for Gat and spends two years trying to piece together what happened that horrible summer. The ending is an amazing twist that will leave you with goosebumps.
Snack on That … Frozen Yogurt
A twisted summer read that takes place on a Cape Cod island? Grab a yummy flavor of fro-yo – enjoy it as is or top it off with seasonal fruit!
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