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HAUL – Recipe Books

I had heard about Thriftbooks a million and a half times, but I never perused on there because I am not a book buyer. For some reason, I honestly can’t remember why, I started looking at cookbooks and recipe books on there. Well, if you’ve ever used Thriftbooks, you know that you can find a zillion books on there for a steal of a price. It’s the same for cookbooks!! I was in nerd heaven. Like honestly, you have no idea how excited I was. This all happened before my birthday earlier this year and so I decided to ask for some for my birthday! My family delivered!! I got 12 cookbooks in presents and I literally have never had a better birthday!

I realized all of the sudden that I never shared this great news with y’all and I was slightly ashamed at that! So! what I am going to do is, show you them all today and then each month in 2019 I’ll choose one to go through in more detail and tell you all about it!

Recipe Cookbook Haul 2018

(from top to bottom. the links will lead you to amazon because they aren’t on Thriftbooks 100% of the time)

Zuppe by Mona Talbott

Small Batch Baking by Debbie Maugans Nakos

Celebrate. Family, Friends, and Great Food by Pampered Chef

Campbell’s Classic Recipes

A Farmer’s Daughter by Dawn Stoltzfus

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking for Two

Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers By Debbie Maugans Nakos

United States of Bread by Adrienne Kane

Joy of Cooking by Rombauer, Becker, and Becker (I think this is the right edition)

American Home Cooking by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison

United Cakes of America by Warren Brown

Stir by Barbara Lynch


Stay tuned throughout the next year to hear about each book!

Head to my two recipe indexes to check out what yummy goodness I’ve posted about so far! Recipes by Ingredient and Recipes by Genre.
Head to my 12 Months of Recipe Books to see what other books I’ve talked about!
Posted in Books, Challenges Galore!

CHALLENGE – The Classics Club *14 Month Update

If you’ve been with me for at least 7 months, you know about the Classics Club Challenge as I did an update on this challenge in April! So here’s another little update with my progress I’ve made since then!

My goal was at least 10 classics per year to be able to complete it in time. As of April, which was 7 months into the challenge, I had read 11 classics already! So I was ahead of schedule, and proud of it. Since April I have read 6 more, yielding a total of 17 completed so far.

Start Date: September 28th, 2017

End Date: September 28th, 2022

(The link on the title will take you to the WWW Wednesday that has the review of the book.)

  1. A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  2. Emma – Jane Austen (finished March 22, 2018)
  3. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (finished June 13, 2018)
  4. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  5. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (finished September 16, 2018)
  7. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie (finished September 15, 2018)
  8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (finished January 6, 2018)
  9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  10. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodges Burnett (finished September 8, 2018)
  11. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (finished January 24, 2018)
  12. Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  13. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  14. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (finished January 23, 2018)
  15. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  16. The Brother’s Karamozov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  17. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  18. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  20. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline Engle (finished March 23, 2018)
  21. Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  22. Princess Bride – William Goldman
  23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  24. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  26. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving (finished December 21, 2017)
  27. Rip van WinkleWashington Irving (finished December 12, 2017)
  28. The Story of My Life– Helen Keller
  29. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolvet
  30. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier (finished December 11, 2017)
  31. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  32. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson (finished August 29, 2018)
  33. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  34. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
  35. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights – Howard Pyle
  36. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  37. Frankenstein– Mary Shelley – (finished November 9, 2017)
  38. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  39. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  40. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  41. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  42. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (finished March 24, 2018)
  43. Dracula – Bram Stoker (finished October 11, 2017)
  44. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathon Swift
  45. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  47. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  48. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne (finished July 17, 2018)
  49. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  50. Arabian Nights – Anonymous

Possible substitutes:

  1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  2. Nana – Emile Zola (added 2018)
  3. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (added 2018)


  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (removed 2018)

I am pretty happy with the success I have had so far 🙂 It’s been about three months since I’ve read a classic though and I have to say…I do miss it! About time to get back into it! Head to my Challenge page to take a look at the other challenges I am working on! 🙂