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.




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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