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My reading slowed down the last month or so. And for all the right reasons.

A graduation trip to Mackinac Island with my little sister (who took the first two photos).

Beach nights with Dan and the kiddos.

Grilling out with friends.

 

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If it weren’t for Dan’s and my short anniversary getaway, where I read every time Dan napped, I might not have gotten through a single book. But I did manage to read two – both of which I enjoyed immensely.

Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages by L. R. Knost

I love how Knost gives practical gentle parenting tips from newborns all the way through the teenage years. I’ve actually read this book before, but reread it because I was finding myself in some less-than-helpful patterns with my four-year old. Knost talks about everything from weaning to picky eating to chores to talking with teens.

Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

I was skeptical about this book because I’m not a huge baseball fan but none of the books I had on hold at the library were available yet and it was on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading guide (under nerdy nonfiction no less), so I gave it a go. I loved this book! Goodwin’s storytelling is amazing and the book is about so much more than baseball. I felt drawn into the post-war era of the ’50s and even found myself anxious to find out how a particular Dodger’s game ended.

Have you read either of these books before? What have you been reading lately?

Looking for more recommendations? Here’s what I read the first half of the year.

Linking up with Anne today over at Modern Mrs. Darcy. Check out what these smart, modern bookworms are reading.

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