June's Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving
I know, I know, it’s July already. Not even like, July 1st; we are fully into the second week of this month. But I really love writing these posts so I thought, who cares about the date on the calendar? June didn’t last nearly long enough so July can spare a few days.
June really did fly by. Almost every weekend was booked up AND I celebrated my birthday AND Violet is keeping me on my toes. I feel like every year June goes by so quickly that I don’t get to enjoy it. In reality I think I always just have so much going on that it’s over before I know it. Some of the highlights were taking Violet to my favorite brunch spot for the first time, going to Philly for the first time in a long time, and celebrating Nick’s first Father’s Day and nailing the gifts.
June was great but I’m looking forward to a more laid back July!
And now for some June favorites…
Reading: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
I’m still (slowly) working on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but around this time of the year I start picking up some YA chapter books. I’m always looking for new read alouds to share with my fourth graders. Esperanza Rising deserved a re-read and I’m considering it for this year, especially since we read another of Ryan’s books (Riding Freedom) as a novel study. I find it really refreshing to mix in a children’s novel with my usual reads. I love having a mix of books on my to-be-read list so I never get bored. Now it’s just making time to read that I have to work on!
Watching: The Weekly on Hulu
I am obsessed with The Weekly. Like I can’t wait for each episode to come out. The Weekly is from the New York Times and similar to their very popular podcast The Daily (which I’m also obsessed with). It covers one current event story, in depth, in the thirty minute episode. They do interview, dig deep and do research, talk to multiple experts to uncover the story. It’s like a mini documentary every week about things you didn’t even know you wanted to know about and now you want to know more. So, so good.
Listening: Bad on Paper podcast
My ability to listen to podcasts longer than 15-20 minutes long is on par with my ability to finish a book. But I have to make an exception for Bad on Paper. It’s sort of a book podcast and also an everything podcast. Hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Grace Atwood of The Stripe, and Becca Freeman, they started off talking about books but now it’s a mixture of books and conversations about different topics. I’m doing a terrible job of describing it but it’s really, really good. Since I don’t have a lot of time to listen, it takes me several days to get through an episode. I’m way behind but at least I’ll never run out of episodes to listen to!
Loving: J.Crew Factory Easy Summer Slide Sandals
Does anyone else gravitate towards one pair of sandals every summer? Just me? There are a bunch of sandals in my closet but I keep going back to this simple gold pair from J.Crew Factory. I gave up wearing flip flops awhile ago but these are just as simple. They go with everything and are easy to throw on on the way out the door. The sandals are on sale right now and come in leopard print and plain leather so I’m pretty sure I need to buy more. Don’t know why I have so many shoes when I only wear a few, but don’t tell that to Nick.