Since you guys seem to enjoy these book posts so much, I am excited to bring another one your way! These days, I seem to have way less personal time with both boys at home with me full time, but even with that, I seem to be reading a lot more. I think it’s because in our search to fill up our days, we have discovered the gigantic Berkeley public library downtown and spend a few mornings there a week! I feel so blessed to live in a place with such an AMAZING public library. They have an entire floor just dedicated to kids and Grayson is in heaven whenever we go. Luke, on the other hand, is a very typical 18 month old whose favorite pastime is removing books from the shelves and throwing them on the floor….but…we’re slowly getting there. 😉
I’m also really trying to make an honest effort at putting my phone down more in the evenings and pick up a book before bed instead. I used to be SUCH a reader, you guys. Then I had kids! Now I’m just a tired mama who wants to read all the novels, but usually falls asleep a few pages in.
Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the past couple months!
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I absolutely loved this book. I have read every one of hers and while it’s hard to say what my favorite is, this was up there. She always tackles these huge hot button topics, and in this book it was racism. I told Adam when I was reading it (I kept giving him the book play by play because it was SO good and I needed to talk about it while reading!) that “Man, Jodi has some serious guts writing this book as a white woman talking so blatantly about a person of color’s experience”. The book left me thinking, as her books usually do. I highly, highly recommend this book.
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. What an easy, entertaining read! I adored this sweet little book. It’s a work of fiction based on the real life of the author of the beloved Goodnight Moon. I read this in two days and then gave it to my mom, loved it equally as much.
The German Girl by Armando Correa. This is the book I am currently reading and I am enjoying it! You guys know me and my love for World War Two novels…this one is especially fascinating because it weaves in present day and the story of a young girl who lost her father on September 11th. I’m about halfway through right now and looking forward to finishing it. If you like historical fiction, give it a try!
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. After reading (and loving!) Goodnight June so much, I ran to the library to get another book by Sarah Jio. Morning Glory did not disappoint! Another rather quick read – but so entertaining and perfect for before bed. I had trouble putting this down and loved the setting (a houseboat in the 1950s and present day!). I think you guys will really love both this and Goodnight June. Must reads!
Caroline by Sarah Miller. And all the Little House on the Prairie fans say PRAISE THE LORD! Oh my goodness, how I relished this book! It’s written in the point of view of “Ma” (Caroline) and was basically just like one of the little house books…but for grownups. This was so, so, so good.
Also, speaking of books, I wanted to share something that has really been working for us lately. As I wrote on my last post, I am currently at home with both boys right now all day, every day. We pulled Grayson out of his current preschool and it is turning out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as parents. Yes, my days are super long right now but there’s also just something so sweet about us being together all the time. Not to mention he is thriving being home more and I like to think he’s “learning” (he now knows how to brown meatballs so at least that’s something, right?).
Anyway, I digress.
What I want to tell you is that every day at 1pm when Luke is napping, Grayson and I rest on the couch and listen to audio books together! I wanted to figure out a quiet activity for him that would also allow him to rest since he dropped his afternoon nap. We’ve cut out the kids screen time completely, so “books on tape” has come in especially handy. 😉 I just download the books on my phone! So far, his favorites are Where the Wild Things Are, all of Beatrix Potter, Doctor DeSoto, Billy Goat Gruff and Paddington. Last weekend when we drove to the farm (3 hours away), we literally listened to audio books the whole time. It’s fun for Adam and I, too, because it’s almost like we get to relive our childhood favorites!
Anyway, I just wanted to share that because it’s something I was talking about in my stories and you guys were all asking. With kids, it seems like things go in waves and seasons and I am just very glad this is working for us right now! I really look forward every day to that time resting on the couch listening to books with Grayson. We snuggle under a blanket and both have a cup of tea handy (black tea for me, chamomile aka “Peter Rabbit’s favorite” for him).