A short post about what I’m reading lately

by Lesley on January 16, 2013 · 5 comments

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Calling all bookworms! Who needs a few new book suggestions?!

A lot of you who read my blog also love a good non-fiction read or a can’t-be-put-down novel. I absolutely love when you ask me what I’m reading, or what I’d recommend.

I certainly have a list of people who I always trust when it comes to books. For instance, my friend Camille always knows about fabulous historical fiction novels and without her I’d never have read a Lisa See book. One blog I love, Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy, always has new reading ideas. Today she’s encouraging her blog readers to share very short reviews. So, without further adieu, here’s a few I’ve read in the last couple months:

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton is an easy read because it’s beautifully photographed and feels like you’re reading a blog. Kelle, who became known through her blog and photography, vulnerably writes about her daughter Nella’s diagnosis of Down’s syndrome which came as a surprise at birth. I enjoyed watching Kelle’s transformation from devastation to acceptance to excitement in the year following Nella’s arrival. If you want a sneak peak at the raw journey, read this blog post.

Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family by Catherine Newman is exactly what every second-time mom needs to read immediately upon learning she’s pregnant. This book hilariously examines all the emotions that come with a second pregnancy while raising a toddler; from guilt during the first trimester, to questioning whether you’ll love the second child as much as the first.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home by Sherry and John Petersik is everything I hoped it would be and more. I’ve read the Petersik’s DIY home blog for several years and wondered if their new book would really offer any new ideas. I couldn’t put it down! The illustrations and photography are lovely, and the ideas are well organized, innovative, and meant for a variety of budgets and skills. All young homeowners need a copy of this book. (Let me also note: my brother-in-law, who has never purchased me a Christmas gift until this year, looked all over NYC before finding this book. It’s a hot seller, people!)

Need more ideas? Hop over to Anne’s blog where you’ll find tons of other blogs linking up today with book suggestions. It’s quite obvious I need to pick up a fiction book here soon, huh?

Happy reading!

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