What I read in July

August 11, 2020

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Oh, July. This may have been my favorite month of books overall! 

First off, go read Becoming. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't pay enough attention to this amazing woman while she was FLOTUS. But her book? It read like fiction and I was hooked. I read it here and there between other books. It was there with me during my miscarriage, it was there while my kids splashed in the pool, I read it in the car and while in bed, stopping every now and then to share something that I loved with M. It was SO GOOD.

The Islanders and Big Summer both gave me all the summer vibes with a hint of mystery mixed in.

I'm Still Here was a quick read but I really liked seeing another perspective and hearing another's persons' words and experiences. It was an eye-opening book, for sure.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a graphic novel that retells Little Women in today's world. Modern, lovable, SO GOOD! This was a book Lia read this month and she loved it so much that she left it on my nightstand for me to read.

The Scent Keeper. This book! I struggled the first few chapters. I was totally confused on the concept of the book and what was going on with the characters, but I pushed through and I'm so glad I did. It was the perfect book while we're in quarantine. The characters, the settings, the descriptions - they all take you to a whole new world. Instead of my living room, I was on tiny island and it was a little magical.

Cold Tangerines and Dear Edward were both okay reads. I really was hoping for more from Cold Tangerines and while there were bits that really spoke to me, overall I found myself skim-reading it. Dear Edward was a solid read, but not my favorite from this month.

That puts me at 49 books and we're only halfway through the year. I don't know if I'll extend my goal this year but I do want to keep tracking what I've been reading! 

Have you read any great books lately? 

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August 2, 2020

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Happy Sunday! It's August and I didn't realize that until the middle of the day when I saw something on Instagram. We have reached day 7 of M having covid and being quarantined. You can read some of my thoughts on that here, but it still stands that we're okay and this too shall pass.

In the meantime, I'm grabbing hold of any iota of inspiration or feel-good thing that pops in my mind and going with it. The other night it was snuggling on the sofa with my kiddos, eating popcorn and watching the newest Disney Channel movie Upside-Down Magic. Yesterday, it was putting the clean slipcovers back on our outdoor sofa and thinking about putting together a blog post on our progress back there. Thinking about it. Because, that's the energy level I'm working with right now.

And, here's a few things around the web I'm loving this week....

This daisy bracelet tutorial is giving me all the summer camp vibes. Filling up our amazon cart with supplies!

Also, this morse code bracelet DIY.

My new favorite pants. Perfect for lounging around the house, playing soccer in the backyard with the kids, or driving to pick up your (contactless!!) grocery order.

If an outfit could be an extra in a Nancy Meyers movie.

I just discovered WindowSwap and it brightened my day! Lia said "that's so cool!".  If you're feeling restless with your current view, you should totally try it.

Praline Bacon BLT Sandwiches.

Will there be a new season of The Great British Baking Show? We've got our fingers crossed!

Breonna Taylor on the cover of the Oprah Magazine. Since the start of the magazine, this is the first time that someone other than Oprah has appeared on the cover!

On my 'to-listen to' list.

Mail-in ballots. Thoughts?

Why we reach for nostalgia in times of crisis.

Enjoy this week, friends!

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