When I was little I would spend all of my allowance at the mall bookstore. One time I even read an entire Baby-Sitters Club book at the bookstore so I could go ahead and buy the next one in the series. (My dad took us one Saturday and I guess my sisters were so amused by the book Everyone Poops that we were in there for hours.) My mom even wallpapered my room in books which was highly embarrassing when friends came over. (Side note: I would love to have that wallpaper now. It was very Anthro-ish.) When I go on vacation I always get nervous that I haven't packed enough books. There are people I text with solely for good book suggestions. Have I convinced you that I am a big nerd? Good.
I recently read three books that I highly recommend and thought I should share them here. The first is The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle. I read the entire thing in one night and was then mad I read it so fast because I wanted more. The book is about marriage and I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, so many times. At one point Micah ran in the room and said "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" and made me read it to him out loud to see if it was actually as funny as I was making it out to be. (It was.) If you are looking for a book on motherhood, Shankle's first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, will make you laugh just as hard. I lay awake at night praying this woman will write more books.
Another book that was on my list for a while and I just got around to reading it is A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson. LOVED. She is a southern gal and her stories are chock full of nostalgia and humor.
I am currently reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford. It is SO GOOD. I am on chapter five and it has already (gracefully) convicted me that I need to PUT DOWN THE iPhone and be in the present with EEM. It sounds so simple, but she writes about it so beautifully and gives such awesome illustrations. It has really helped me on a practical level and even if you aren't a big reader, if you are a mama, I suggest you check it out.
All three of these authors started out as bloggers (isn't that crazy?!) so you can google their names and check out their blogs. Also, if you want to text (or FB/instagram) and send me your recommendations, I'd love you forev.