Books you NEED to read this year

This post isn’t our usual style or what we usually write about, but we love to read and we wanted to share some amazing books with you. You may have seen on Instagram we have got into reading so we thought we would share some books to  read this year:

Wilde like me by Louise Pentland
Louise Pentland is actually a mummy blogger who has taken to writing and oh wow we are glad she has! This book is heartwarming, witty and funny but also very relatable. I could not put this book down and it could potentially be the quickest I have ever read a book! Robyn Wilde is a single mum with a charming daughter named Lyla. This book is all about Robyn coping as a single mum and about how lonely she feels and all the emotions and feelings she is going through. Robyn also starts dating so its all about the on goings of the dating world of a single mum. Not only becoming attached to Robyn and her gorgeous daughter Lyla Blue, you fall in love with her Auntie and all her friends too! This is a must read.

Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton
This is a book that is written very differently and is basically all about the life of Dolly Alterton. You will be laughing out loud when reading this book and everyone around you will probs stare at you, but who cares because a book that actually makes you LOL is the one!

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
This is another fab book by Sophie Kinsella. Her books are always lighthearted and perfect pool side reading. Its about Samantha who is a highflying lawyer and then makes a massive mistake at work which jeaporides her career. Instead of facing up to her problems Samantha runs away and after a strange turn of events ends up becoming a housekeeper for a posh family. Samantha ends up finding her feet and the book follows her journey of becoming a domestic goddess!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This book if you are a quick reader you will finish in two days, its so gripping and you don’t want to put it down. As the title suggests it’s about a tattooist who tattoos the numbers onto the new inmates to Auschwitz-Berkenau. Lale, the main character falls in love with a lady that he tattoos and the story is all about how their relationships lasts whilst living in the awful conditions of Auschwitz. We cannot recommend this book enough, everyone has to read it.

Always Smiling by Georgia Toffolo
This book has the most amazing and uplifitng advice! Crazy to think that we are taking advice from a 23 year old reality TV star, however Toff shares some great tips with you in this book and leaves you feeling happy, confident and wanting to make the most of your life. This easy read is perfect for a holiday and we cannot recommend it more!

Calm by Fearne Cotton
We hadn’t ready Happy by Fearne Cotton which was the first one of her series, but this didn’t matter. This standalone book was so fabulous and really well written. Fearne tells you how to ensure you have calm in all aspects of you life, if its within your friendship group, family, work, or not letting the issues of the wider world effect you. I loved that at the end of each chapter she gave 3 summary points to take away with you which I think I will always look back at. Now I want to read Happy and also her new book, Quiet!

We have really enjoyed writing this post, so are sure there will be plenty more to come! Maybe we should start being book bloggers too – hehe!!

Vegan French Toast

We recently bought Lucy Watsons vegan cookbook. We are not vegan but we love trying new recipes and were intrigued by her cook book. Its actually really good and there are many recipes we would make. We love incorporating a few vegan meals into our diet it mixes things up and bit and vegan food certainly doesn’t have to be boring.

As Rach does not like eggs so vegan french toast is right up her street. We attempted to make them one Sunday morning as it looked like the perfect breakfast choice. The recipe is on page 23 of her cookbook. Lucy makes hers with spiced plums, but we used bananas instead and served ours with raspberries too.

Lucy makes hers in 2 pans, but we just used one, hope you enjoy our version!

Caramelised banana:
3 tbsp vegan butter
3 tbsp coconut sugar
2 bananas, sliced

Toast:
200ml almond milk
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnnamon
2 tbsp flour
2-4 thick slices of bloomer or sourdough bread

1. For the caramelised bananas, put the butter and sugar in a pan over a high heat. Once melted add the banana slices and cook on both sides. They will look golden and be sticky too.
2. Pour the milk into a bowl/jug and whisk in the flour, sugar and cinnamon.
iced bread into the mixture coated well.
3. Take the slices of bead and cover in the liquid mixture. Add to the pan of bananas, you may want to add more butter too.
4. Cook on both sides until golden brown and crisy
5. If the bananas are getting too soft, remove from the pan and set aside.
6. Serve with raspberries and enjoy

We love Lucy’s cook book, and would recomend you buy it – only £6 on Amazon