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he reads, she reads, little reads / no. 01

The three of us share the bookshelves in our living room and for the most part, it’s pretty easy to determine whose books are whose. And I really appreciate our diverse reading picks. Andrew hasn’t read a work of fiction since probably the sixth grade, and I have a whole shelf dedicated to classic literature. For every cookbook or design book of mine, he has a book on economics or history. And then Lincoln has a corner all to himself. So I thought it’d be fun to share what we’re all reading at the moment, whether it’s an actual book, a Kindle book, an audiobook, or a board book. :]


A History of Interest Rates
/ The Age of Faith / The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World / The Signal and the Noise


Hints on Child Training / A Million Miles in a Thousand Years / The Story of Philosophy / The Meaning of Marriage


One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish / The Five Senses / Dear Zoo / Dinosaur Roar

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[the book list: june + july] bittersweet + villette

I’m soooo behind. I didn’t read May’s book, then June came and went, now it’s July, and three books have piled up. Ahh! I’m determined to power through them this month. Bittersweet and Villette are next after The Story of Philosophy.


Aaaand I’m going to attempt glancing through 2 baby books from the library too… Baby Led Weaning and Bright from the Start. Too ambitious? We shall see…

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food rules

This book is pretty much a condensed version of Michael Pollan’s other books, but each “rule” has it’s own page and it’s such a great little handbook to remind us of how we should eat. Plus, it’s illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Maira Kalman. [She illustrated this book too.]

These are 10 of my favorite rules and ones that I’ve started implementing these last few weeks (the book explains each one more in depth):

12. Get out of the supermarket whenever you can

25. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves

26. Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food

27. Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals]. -Chinese proverb

52. Have a glass of wine with dinner.

53. Pay more, eat less

64. Try to spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.

70. “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.”

76. Place a bouquet of flowers on the table and everything will taste twice as good.

83. Break the rules once in a while.

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[the book list: may] the story of philosophy

I have some serious catching up to do with this book list – looks like I’ll be reading two in June. Imagine, from last month, broke down the creative process and provided research to back each type of method that resulted in breakthroughs. Each method was spot on and I realized I go through the same mental processes whenever I get an idea, even if I’m not consciously thinking about it. Since the creative process is no longer so elusive, intentionally using the outlined techniques would be helpful in avoiding creative ruts.

Now for May’s… One of my Day Zero Project goals is to read a book once a month on a totally different topic. One that I’ve wanted to explore for a while, but just never picked up a book on it. Things like learning more about Romania’s history (I’m one generation removed and barely know anything!), reading a Presidential biography, and finding out more about different faiths and philosophies. So to kick things off, I’m reading Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy.

What interesting topics do you read about? I’d love suggestions!

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whole living magazine

I spent almost my entire morning yesterday immersed in issues of Whole Living magazine. I’d even go as far as to say it’s probably my new favorite. With gorgeous photos of superfoods, eloquent articles about life’s simple joys, and natural remedy/beauty recipes, I felt healthy just reading it. It’s a really well done publication.

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[the book list: april] Imagine

My April read, Imagine, is about the science of creativity and how anyone can learn to be creative. Never thought of creativity as a learned art. Looking forward to reading how Jonah Leher debunks the myth that only a select few have the gift.

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[the book list: march] the hunger games trilogy

It’s kind of alarming how easily I fall prey to these teen book fads. Especially since I rarely read fiction at all. In my defense though, I managed to avoid getting caught up in the Harry Potter craze. But unfortunately, wasn’t quite as successful with Twilight. There shall be no judging. And now I’m completely immersed in The Hunger Games. I really can’t say I recommend them, because they’re my guilty pleasure, but they really are addicting. Who’s on Team Peeta? :]

Last month’s book, Paris Was Ours, was not as interesting as I’d hoped. :/ I’d give it a 1 out of 5.

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[the book list: february] Paris Was Ours

I stopped reading a book a month in September to catch up on my baby or pregnancy related books. I think I’ll go crazy if I read another anytime soon, so I’m kicking off the book list again with Paris Was Ours. If anyone’s read this already, what’d you think?

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what i’ve been reading…

I’m halfway through Ina May’s book, but haven’t start on any of the rest. These are books that were highly recommended by multiple professionals, friends, and online reviews.

The Baby Book: My friend got this for me as a gift and a few other sources highly recommended it as well. It’s a reference guide for all things about baby – vaccines, illnesses, development, etc.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: On the topic of breastfeeding, of course. I checked it out at the library based on Amazon reviews, but it was the top book recommended by my doula and lactation consultant.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: I mentioned this one in a preview post. The first half is birth stories and the second half is all about labor, birth, and coping methods.

The Birth Partner: Recommended to Andrew for supporting me during labor.

Becoming Baby Wise and The Happiest Baby on the Block: Both of these books are related to getting baby to sleep. This is one topic where I’ve encountered the most conflicting views. Some swear by getting the baby on a strict sleep schedule, but others are against it. A book that was recommended by the lactation consultant, countering the Baby Wise method was Baby Sleep Guide, so I’m curious to read them both and compare.

Other books I’ve read: here, here, and here.

What books did you guys read and love? What about thoughts on sleep methods?

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bubbly on your budget

We talked about budgeting last week, and I always try to leave a few extra pennies for a little something fancy each month, however small and simple. I got this little book for my birthday and I absolutely love it. It was written in the late 1930s (and made it on the bestseller list back then), but it’s still so very applicable today. The charming and eloquent Miss Marjorie Hillis writes all about living luxuriously with what you have.

An excerpt from the first paragraph: …this isn’t because of the size of their incomes, or the lack of size; it’s because they haven’t as much money as they wish they had, which would be true no matter what their income. They have a dream of the way they’d like to live, but it’s always just ahead of them, and by the time they’ve covered the distance, it’s moved a little further on. Their ships are eternally on the horizon and never come in. How true is that? So often I think, once ______ happens, we can finally afford to ______. But with a a different mindset and some smart economizing, those things are closer within our grasp than we think.

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