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Two blog posts in two days?!

Well you see, my goal this month is to write two blog posts each week, and it appears I procrastinated a bit this week. Whoops. 

In my defense, this week has been a complete shit show mess. Both girls threw up once and Clara had fevers for a few nights in a row and basically no one is sleeping because they don’t feel well. And Isabelle has decided 4:30am is the new 7am so her days are starting EARLY. Plus she’s getting her 2 year molars (says her ped, which explains why she’s been especially fussy lately!) And then on top of all of this nonsense, Tim got a migraine and was out of commission for an entire day.

It’s always something!

We’re working on all of this mess. Kind of. Parenting joys. I will not miss these types of weeks (as the girls get older), but I do recognize the blessing that my ‘bad weeks’ are when the girls have minor health issues that disrupt our schedule. I’m so appreciative of good health and I take it for granted far too often!

Moving on to the point of this post…


I read 46 books last year – which is 6 off my goal! Although, I read a lot of long, nonfiction books, so I’m still quite pleased with how much time I spent reading, and the quality of what I read.

In case you’re looking for some recommendations….

Book Recommendations (A Lot Of Them!)

Books I read in 2017:

(sorted by the rankings I gave them in Goodreads.)

5 Stars

(I’m noticing that almost all of these are nonfiction, except for the last two! Read these.)

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley

The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country

The Magnolia Story

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More

Wonder (1 of 2 fiction books in this section!)

The Kitchen House (1 of 2 fiction books in this section!)

4 Stars

(I also think you should read these)

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

American Housewife

Another Brooklyn

Today Will Be Different

Born to Run

Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House

The Nightingale

The Shoemaker’s Wife

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

The Nest

The Days of Abandonment

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

My Name is Lucy Barton

3 Stars

(I enjoyed these, but wouldn’t necessarily think to recommend them to a friend.)

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life


If You Only Knew


The Polygamist’s Daughter

Loving Frank

The Lost Daughter

Year of No Clutter

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

A Hundred Summers

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me

Clutterfree with Kids

How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

2 Stars

(These weren’t my favorite.)


The Arrangement

The Rooster Bar

What was the BEST book you read last year?!

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