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Reading Life: July 2019

July was quite a month, life-wise! Summer has certainly been in full swing which made the last couple weeks of pregnancy hot, hot, hot… and then the week after the 4th of July holiday, baby Jon arrived! Everything changed and also stayed the same all at once, which is true of most major life events. The transition into life with two kids has had some hectic moments but it’s been made a lot easier by having my mother here to help through the end of July, and as this first week of August starts so will our new reality. (Wish us luck!) I managed to read two books in July, which is honestly more than I expected (my new life motto: keep expectations low), and both were eBooks since my phone is handier than a physical book these days. I’m glad there are plenty of ways to read a book no matter the limitations of a new season of life!

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


July 2019 Thoughts


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
Finish date: 7/9/2019
Genre: Nonfiction

Source: Chatty Broads podcast
4 stars

The first time around, I prepared for pregnancy and birth and newborn care but didn’t give much thought to the postpartum experience, and reality was a shock. Even with the benefit of perspective, adding a new baby to the family will still be a huge adjustment. This is probably the crunchiest book I could’ve picked on the topic and I skimmed a lot of sections on chakras and bodywork, but there was enough practical advice that it was with the read. Just thinking through the stages of preparation, experience, and aftermath of the postpartum phase was helpful to get in the right mindset.

Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin

Start date: 7/19/2019
Finish date: 7/27/2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Kindle TBR 
3 stars

As an account of the life before and after becoming the muse for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, I enjoyed the well-written characters and details of the Victorian era. But even with plenty of historical context, it left an unsettling aftertaste that is hard to shake; even though it’s fiction, the author draws her own conclusions from the historical facts and I wasn’t convinced by where she places the “blame” for the rift between Alice and Lewis Carroll. And when you’re making a case for or against an older man having an inappropriate relationship with a young girl or chalking it up to an “artist/muse” relationship or somewhere in between, it’s just an uncomfortable line to toe. This is one of those books I would love to talk about in a book group setting. Speculating on a real event that can’t be confirmed or denied is always hard for me to accept in historical fiction, yet I keep coming back to the genre.

Books read in July: 2
Books read in 2019: 20
Currently reading: 0

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

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

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