Summer Book List

As a kid I loved to read. My mom says she could put me in my crib with a stack of books and I’d entertain myself for hours. I have fond memories of spending entire days laying in the screen porch of our summer house devouring books as a young adult. Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons anyone?)was my favorite author. I’d read her books in one sitting and beg my mom to take me to the local bookstore to get the newest release.  As I got older I read less and less. I was distracted by AIM, the internet, and eventually blogs. About a year ago I made an effort to re-kindle my romance with reading and we have been hot and heavy since then.

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This summer my book list is full and will likely take me through the fall. It seems like there are so many good reads to get my hands on.  Here’s a look at what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s on my list.

Read

Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year

I read this one mostly so I can relate to my husband and have conversations about one of his favorite horses, Rachel Alexandra. It’s also been on our bookshelf for a few years and always makes me wonder. We head to Saratoga every summer with his family. We spend our mornings watching the horses train, and we spend our days watching them race. It was neat to read this and get a look behind the scenes. If horse racing isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t for you.

The Husband’s Secret

I could.not.put.this.down. I literally read the whole thing start to finish in just a few days and most of it in one beach day. I love how Lianne Moriarity developed the characters and their inner dialogue. I felt like I knew each one of them intimately. It wasn’t predictable and the twists and turns kept my attention. She wraps it up nicely and makes you think a little bit about life in the epilogue. I highly recommend it.

Reading

The Girl on the train

I’m literally one chapter into this book and hooked. My mom recommended it. She says it’s a little different than my normal reads but I’d enjoy it. Anyone finish this?

To Read

Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

Michael went to a talk and book signing for this and got to meet Joe Perry. He then proceeded to read the book in about 2 days on our honeymoon. Michael’s not a big reader, I can’t tell you how many books he starts and leaves sitting on the nightstand for months. The fact that he finished this and was hooked makes me want to read it. And based on what he’s told me, it will be a good read.

Big Little Lies

This is by Lianne Moriarity who wrote The Husband’s Secret. I may have to read this next because I’m so excited about it. Actually I’ll probably read all her books, it’s just how I do.

Go Set a Watchman

To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite books in high school. We didn’t have to read the whole thing but I did. I’m curious to see how this one is, especially given the controversy.

Royal Wedding

Meg Cabot’s first installment in the adult series of Princess Mia is a must read. My inner teenager is dying to know what happened. This will be a good guilty pleasure read.

Recommend

Haven’t picked up a book in awhile? These were some of my favorites from the last 6 months or so:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I loved Eat, Pray, Love. I think I read it at least 5 times. It spoke to me and a tough time in life. I feel like this is very similar. Her loss is heartbreaking but her journey and self-reflection are incredible. I read this in a couple days and loved it.

Yes Please

Amy Poehler is awesome. I really appreciate some of her thoughts she put into this book. They are empowering, and every woman should read them. She’s also hysterical. I read this one in days. I loved it. I also read Bossypants by Tina Fey but liked Amy’s book so much more.

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson told a good story. I was fascinated by the life of Steve Jobs, and more so his vision for technology and business. I learned a lot and it definitely made me consider a few things in my own professional role. I don’t think you need to be a fan of Apple to find the value in this book.

What is on your summer book list?

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I love this time of year! The weather is gorgeous and our calendars are full. We have so many invitations to parties, cookouts, and beach days with friends. We never go empty-handed and always like to bring something homemade. Michael LOVES to bring appetizers and desserts that you can pop in your mouth and eat with one bite. He hates going to a cocktail party where you are stuck with a plate, a fork, a napkin, your drink, and not enough hands.

peanut butter cookies

One of our favorite things to bring to parties are these peanut butter cup cookies. They come together quickly and easily. We can always find time to whip these up no matter how busy we are.  We like to use the dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. The dark chocolate takes them to another level. But good old-fashioned Reese’s peanut butter cups taste good too!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 36 mini chocolate peanut butter cups

Prep

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set. aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix well.

Form batter into 36 balls. Place into ungreased mini muffin tins.

Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press mini peanut butter cup into middle of cookie. Let cool and remove from pan.

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Tips

  • Use dark chocolate peanut butter cups for an even tastier cookie.
  • To make gluten-free substitute flour with Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 Gluten Free Flour.
  • If you are like us and only have 1 mini muffin tin then place cookies in freezer for 3-4 minutes after inserting the peanut butter cup. The cookies should  pop right out of the pan.
  • You can refrigerator the dough, we make it into balls before placing in the fridge.

peanut butter cookies

Enjoy! What is your favorite dessert to bring to a party?