It’s been forever since my last post about what I’m reading! (You can browse all my reads and rankings in the books category here.) I’m currently switching between Bringing Up Bébé and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which makes me feel like I’m a child about to have a child but I don’t feel too badly about it! Will and I are slowly but surely enjoying rereading the Harry Potter series together (more on that below) and as always I’d love any recommendations for what to read next (whether it’s books on parenting or a juicy new thriller, which I’m totally overdue for). Do share in the comments!

Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

Rating: 5/5

An excellent read on time management from a full-time writer and mom of four based in New York City. My aunt and cousin recommended this to me last summer and I’m so glad I finally bumped it to the top of my list! The book is full of insights from all kinds of professionals as well as “time makeovers” from guinea pigs trying out her time management recommendations for the first time. I finished the book inspired to be more intentional about how I plan and spend each hour of my day — highly recommend whether you’re feeling disorganized or just want to find more time to focus on a certain aspect of your life.

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Rating: 2/5

I know people love this author and I was excited to read her work for the first time, but I kind of couldn’t stand this book. It centers around two teenagers, their parents, and the fallout after a picture taken at a high school party. While the subject matter feels timely, the characters were pretty cliché and the ending felt extremely abrupt. Would love to know if any of you felt differently!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 6/5 🙂

As you may recall, Will and I are rereading the Harry Potter series as part of my 101 in 1001 list and just started on the fourth book. We’ve each read the series twice on our own and are now listening to the audiobooks before bed and they are absolutely phenomenal… I swear the narrator was born to perform these books! His different voices for each character make the books come alive in a new way — whether it’s your first or fifth time experiencing the magic of Harry Potter, you must give the audio version a try!

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

Rating: 4/5

I read this after loving the author’s more recent book Off the Clock and found the concepts a little repetitive from one to the next, but I still love her no-nonsense approach to deciding exactly how you want to spend your 168 hours each week. You could probably get away with reading just one or the other, but still highly recommend her work if you’re looking to get a better handle on managing your time!

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

Rating: 5/5

Pure beach read fluff and I loved every second of it. It tells the story of female tennis pro Charlie Silver and her quest to come back after an injury and win a major tournament. I particularly enjoyed the in-depth descriptions of each tournament after taking in the French Open last year but the juicy tidbits about Charlie’s family and love life kept me interested up until the last page.

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  1. Love Bringing Up Bebe. It is so interesting to me that stay at home mom’s simply don’t exist in France. Women are not expected to be martyrs to motherhood in Europe like women are in the US.

  2. I just wanted to share two books that I’ve read and really enjoyed.
    1) Rachel Macy Stafford has great mothering books– and a blog.

    Wish I had her insight when I was at the beginning of my parenting years.The way she writes just touches you and she is so encouraging.

    2) I have read 4 of Susan Meissner’s books : As Bright as Heaven, A Fall of Marigolds, Blue Heart Blessed, Stars over Sunset Blvd. Really enjoyed all of them!!!

  3. I loved Singles Game when I read it a year or two ago, so cute! And of course the Harry Potter books are my absolute favorite!

  4. As someone who’s also pregnant, I’ve been loving both Expecting Better and Cribsheets. They’re both by an economics professor who looks at the actual data and studies behind all the pregnancy and early childhood “must-dos” and “must not dos” like drinking alcohol, sushi, various birthing methods, breastfeeding, etc. I find that they’re really comforting when you read a lot of scary yet uninformed internet opinions on these topics 🙂

  5. Totally hated All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I found her other books to be more enjoyable, so you may give Giffin another try.

    Have you read When Breath Becomes Air; The Glass Castle; The Kitchen House (and then the second book, Glory over Everything); or Educated? If not, these are some of my recent favorites that I recommend (in that order)!

    People really seemed to like The Great Alone, but I can hardly finish it?

  6. Just FYI Laura Vanderkam actually lives in suburban Philadelphia not NYC. She moved after her second kid was born. Now you’re expecting you might like her podcast Best of Both Worlds which is about balancing work/parenthood.

  7. Love reading these posts! I recommend anything Brene Brown, I saw you watched and enjoyed her special (me too!), and I LOVE her books. Daring Greatly is my all-time favorite, but they are all wonderful. She reads her own audio books, so they feel like an extended podcast/TedTalk! For thriller/fiction, I highly recommend Where The Crawdads sing. While it is a murder mystery, it isn’t your typical dark, page-turner, whodunnit thriller but it is unique, beautifully written, and captures nature so so beautifully.

  8. I didn’t care for the Emily Giffin book either. TBH, I disliked more of her books than I have enjoyed.

    You’re never too old for Harry Potter! And a :hint hint: to your IRL friends – they’re slowly releasing illustrated versions of all of the books. Sounds like a perfect baby shower gift!

  9. When I saw the cover for “All We Ever Wanted”, I couldn’t wait to see what you thought. I’m so sad you didn’t enjoy it! I think I also felt the ending was abrupt when I read it last summer, but it was one of my favorite books I read last year. Without giving away the ending, I’ve found EG does have a habit of not tying up all of the loose ends. I’ve read almost every one she has written. You’re making me want to finish the Harry Potter series (for the first time…)!