Read Feed | June 2018

June was a less productive reading month than the past few, but I still enjoyed several audiobooks during our move — they are great company while packing and unpacking!

First, I listened to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and it was incredible in that totally-lives-up-to-the-hype kind of way. I didn’t know much about the story before starting — I just knew I’d seen the cover everywhere — and I was instantly hooked. I loved Ng’s way of weaving stories of motherhood together. So beautiful. (Note: Amazon currently has the hardback several dollars cheaper than the paperback, so if you’re thinking about buying this one, take advantage of that!)

I spent most of our move listening to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. I love the movie and have always intended to get around to the book. I realized that while packing, I wanted a somewhat familiar story I could track with, and this was the perfect choice. I love her writing style and really enjoyed listening to scenes that weren’t able to make it into the movie (even though this was a looooooong audiobook). It was also really fun to have narrators change between Clare and Henry. And, of course, I bawled like a baby for most of the final third because everyone knows what’s coming and whew. (Note: Another hardback that is cheaper than paperback at Amazon right now!)

After all the tears from Book #2 and during my overwhelming frustration over family separations at the border, I decided I needed a good laugh. I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago with how much I enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (see May’s read feed), so I thought I’d give Amy Poehler’s Yes Please a go. The best word I can use to describe it is meh. It was fine, I got through it, and I wish it was better. I didn’t really experience the catharsis I was looking for, and that’s okay. My other two books for the month were incredible and made up for the lack of fun.

I also re-listened to Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect last week during my commute when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read and still needed a bit of a pick-me-up. I’m not counting this in my book number since I also read it in January, and this is my 4th time reading it. But it did help me shift my perspective back into a better place, and I’m thankful for that. It’s basically my #1 book recommendation to anyone who asks, so I’m always happy to link it. (Note: This hardback is two cents less than the paperback at the moment. Not a huge savings, but I’m a sucker for hardbacks so if you’ve been waiting to read this book, blame me and grab it now!)

Now I’m five days into July and through one audiobook and almost done with a paperback, so I’m full speed ahead on my 2018 goal! What are you reading this summer? I’d love your recommendations!

Also, if you’re interested, I updated my GoodReads profile to reflect my 2018 reading, and I’d love to have you join me there so we can follow each other’s progress!

Happy reading!

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Whole30 Snacks

One of the most frequent questions I’m getting about Whole30 is about snacks.

Technically, snacking is discouraged on Whole30. But realistically, some of us need snacks to keep our moods in check. (Read: me.)

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Read Feed | May 2018

May was a productive reading month! (Vacation helped.)

While we were in the Bahamas, I enjoyed Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, which made me laugh so hard I cried — and then read passages aloud to Zach. I love her writing style and I’m excited to read her other books when I need a good laugh.

My second book of vacation was Still Life by Louise Penny, which is the first installment of the Inspector Gamache series I’ve read so many rave reviews about. (If Shauna AND Sarah recommend it, you know it’s good.) IT DIDN’T DISAPPOINT. I’ve already picked up the next book for later this year.  Even if you aren’t a huge mystery fan, I still recommend you give this a shot.

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A Whole30 Summer

Well, you’ve asked for it. Here’s the start of a summer Whole30 series.

Friends have approached me over the past year to ask how to be successful with Whole30 — and other versions of clean eating (Paleo, GF/DF, etc.). I’ll be following Whole30 guidelines in June & July, and thought it would be a great time to help anyone who is interested in how I make it happen.

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