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Reading Life: June 2019

Call it nesting or whatever you want, but even though it felt like I was taking more naps and trying to keep my feet up more often than not, I also managed to cross a ton of items off my Before B Day List (with lots of help from my parents and Sam!), and happened to read a few books along the way too. Now I’m entering the last few days before baby #2 makes his appearance, and reading has helped to occupy my mind when baby paraphernalia isn’t consuming it.

I’m no longer tracking my reading with daily photos, but I started an old school pen-and-paper journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can check out what I’m reading (including a handwritten review from my journal) on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery

 

June 2019 Thoughts

Finished:

Crib Sheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth to Preschool, by Emily Oster


Start date: 5/27/2019
Finish date: 6/9/2019

Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting
Source: New release
3 stars

Like her first book, this one tackles medical advice from an economist’s point of view, but I don’t think it works as well. The big battles of the “Mommy Wars” are too broad to tackle in depth: breastfeeding vs formula, co-sleeping vs sleep training, SAHM vs working, discipline strategies, etc. There’s just too much ground to cover, which the author acknowledges, but it’s frustrating when the conclusion is that the data isn’t conclusive, over and over again.

A direct quote: “Spoiler alert: There isn’t much of a science-based answer to these questions. Any small impacts are likely to be dramatically outweighed by the most important consideration, which is what works for your family.”

The data is interesting but ultimately felt a bit irrelevant, since so much of parenting is preference and just what works best for individual circumstances. I think the first book worked better because pregnancy is more of a uniform experience and there have been many, many studies (hence the need for someone to interpret them) but even though there’s just as much “conventional wisdom” in parenting, there’s rarely concrete evidence that one method or another actually works better.

Read my thoughts on Expecting Better here – I read it in January 2016 and again in May 2019!

Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Start date: 6/9/2019
Finish date: 6/16/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Sommer
4 stars

I always loved watching the VH1 Behind the Music shows, so this oral history of a (fictional) rock band from the 70s scratched that itch. The interview style was a fast-paced way to experience multiple points of view without overcomplicating the plot. It felt like a true story of music, drugs, and love in the golden age of rock n’ roll.

Moms on Call Basic Baby Care: 0-6 Months, by Laura Hunter LPN and Jennifer Walker RN BSN

Start date: 6/18/2019
Finish date: 6/19/2019
Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting
Source: Sommer
3 stars

I needed a refresher on the basics – all those details of newborn life you forget with time – like what to stock in the medicine cabinet, signs of common illnesses, and sample schedules. When it comes to sleep, I still can’t get on board with full-throttle CIO (Cry It Out) at 12 weeks old but I do plan on practicing more consistent sleep habits from the beginning this time around. (I like the Taking Cara Babies approach – follow her on Instagram for lots of tips!) I don’t adhere to any parenting philosophy 100% but I like this resource for a starting place.

Waiting for Tom Hanks, by Kerry Winfrey

Start date: 6/17/2019
Finish date: 6/23/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: A Year of Romantic Comedies tumblr
4 stars

When a movie star is filming in the same small town as a rom-com-obsessed aspiring screenwriter, it’s like a Nora Ephron-directed meet cute waiting to happen… but honestly, the set up doesn’t matter; even if you’re not familiar with Kerry Winfrey’s Year of Romantic Comedy tumblr, this super cute romance is worth a read. It was easy to forgive the unbelievable bits when relatable characters, great dialogue, and all my favorite tropes are involved.

My Oxford Year, by Julia Whelan

Start date: 6/24/2019
Finish date: 6/29/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Emily
4 stars

Ella is an American studying at Oxford for a year, juggling her dream job with a US political campaign and her once-in-a-lifetime experience abroad. I expected a romance-filled travelogue and fish-out-of-water humor, but it became so much more when life-changing secrets were revealed. Some parts felt a bit too easy, but I liked the depth that the heavier topics added, and the ending was satisfyingly open-ended.

Currently Reading:

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality, by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Start date: 6/30/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Chatty Broads podcast

I wish I had better prepared myself for the postpartum phase last time around, so I’m doing that now! The author is coming from a pretty “crunchy” angle, but just acknowledging the onslaught of hormonal and physical changes, and describing what falls into the “normal” range of experiences is super helpful.

Books read in June: 5
Books read in 2019: 18
Currently reading: 1

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the sixth month of 2019!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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