Rewinding a bit, here’s what I read in July while on vacation and lots of time in the car during my daily commute. It’s been a full, fun summer and I can’t believe it’s almost over.

At the beginning of the year, I loved Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, so it was a no-brainer to read Happier at Home. This was a more specific look at ways she could improve her home life (The Happiness Project focused on a more broad range of categories and projects), and it was really insightful. I don’t see myself completing a happiness project quite like hers, but I do love setting and tracking goals throughout the year. I like the way she took a specific focus for this second happiness project, so it’s great inspiration for the second half of 2018.

I went on a heavy Harry Potter binge (I blame our new addition, Harry and the way summer always takes me back to my childhood), and listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Unless introducing someone new to our favorite series, Zach and I pretty much always skip Chamber of Secrets. It’s our least favorite.) Jim Dale is such an incredible narrator for this series — I just love him. It had been a while since I read the series, and I’d forgotten so many details that are left out of the movies.

I know this is only four books for the month, but the audiobooks alone add up to over 42 hours of listening! I’m excited to share about a few August books in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

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