Blogger Book Fair: Holly of Zucchero, Zucchero

Holly of one of my long-time favorite blogs Zucchero, Zucchero is with us this week sharing her book recommendations.  Holly is your all around super cool cat.  She has great style, makes ridiculously delicious looking spreads practically every weekend, and rocks a DIY like nobody's business.  I just knew she would have some great reads to share with us, so here we go...

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Woah.  Talk about an intense and tragic love story.  This is not your standard Nicholas Sparks story, girls.  I love when you read books and you have to go back a few pages and re-read something because your world just got turned upside down by what you just read in the current chapter.  When people tell me they are reading this book for the first time I get jealous.  Jealous of that first time discovery of this story.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The classic spiritual coming-of-age novel.  I read this senior year of high school and cannot thank my teacher enough for going against the grain.  This book gives you more questions than answers and its best to take your time with this one and even journal while you read.  If you are looking for enlightenment or even help to achieve goals, this is a fabulous place to begin.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

If you like movies like Amelie and Big Fish, you will love this sexy and whimsical story of sisters, Mexican family tradition and food.

Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte

An environmental book without being preachy.  In order to understand her impact on landfills, this women went through her trashcan on her kitchen floor at the end of every week.  This book will make you think twice about excess packaging and the items that you dispose weekly don't vanish magically.

Holy Cow! by Sarah MacDonald

A hilarious recount of an Australia woman's  two-year stint in India, while traveling to support her boyfriend's career.  Not your normal "travel book" about all the wonderful things abroad, Sarah starts out with relatable complaints.  This is a perfect book to throw in your summer beach tote.

Yes, that Etahn Hawke.  This is one of my favorite boy-meets-girl relationship-y kind of books.  Definitely a great book to read when you are single-so much more relatable and I can bet it will make you feel grateful.  Set in NYC, you literally feel like you are in the main character's apartment watching these lovers quarrel.  

Thanks Holly for all your great picks and insightful descriptions.  Am I the only one who didn't know Ethan Hawke wrote a book?   


  1. Love these posts! We would definitely be friends in "real" life too!

  2. YAY for Holly. Thanks for posting her recs. I need to rush out and get a few of these.

  3. going through this list and my bookshelves kind of gave me that spark back for reading, no joke, so thank you! =)

  4. Love Holly's blog! Great list- I love Time Traveler's Wife and think I'd like the Like Water for Chocolate.