August Books – Quick Lit

August is heavy on the parenting books. I did read another Louise Penny book but didn’t want to spend the entire year catching up on her novels and so I got sucked down the vortex of parenting books. There are, surprisingly, worse things to read.

Simple Happy Parenting – Denaye Barahona

I don’t think we are really the target audience for this book. We don’t have a busy schedule for the kids (or us) and are trying to parent with less. So we’re already parenting quite happy and simply. Yet despite this and despite the fact that many of the tips in the book are rather basic and no wheels are reinvented, I did get some inspiration from the book.
We are, for example, going to try to implement the meal window and the first thing I did after reading the book was decluttering the kids’ room and starting a kids book rotation.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy yet comprehensive introduction to parenting with less. The chapters are well done and everything is illustrated nicely and with actual pictures from the author’s life and home.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read – Phillippa Perry

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did). Man, what a title. It’s precise, but it’s also a mouthful if you want to recommend it to someone. Honestly, I have yet to finish it, it’s not a book to just breeze through, but I’m counting it as part of the list because husband listened to it as an audiobook and keeps giving me updates.
I particularly like that it includes exercises to implement what you are learning about relationships and parenting. It makes you linger longer on a topic if you have homework to do. And I can tell that husband is taking a lot away from it, because he is raising topics with me that we had discussed previously (e.g. sleep ‘training’, or how to handle it when your kid gets hurt). Would recommend.

Clever Kochen Null Abfall – Giovanna Torrico & Amelia Wasiliev

A Zero Waste cookbook. I haven’t cooked too many recipes from it yet, but it at least makes me think and check the index before I throw something out. A few things are pretty over the top, for example drying tomato peels in the oven for hours to smash them into dried tomato powder. I think that the waste of energy exceeds the benefit of repurposing tomato peels. But other things were good and tasted good as well! I made carrot top pesto and potato peel chips (and husband ate both!) and I went back to storing vegetable rests in the freezer for stock and I feel like I’ve been wasting less.

The Freelance Mum – Annie Ridout

I’ve been following Annie on Instagram for a while and have been greatly enjoying her content. So when we were in the UK and I saw her book in the book store I had to get it. It’s small (what a weird criterion by which to judge a book), which means that I get to carry it around with me and dip in and out of it. A lot of the tips are things I already picked up on through her stories etc. but it’s nice to have it all organised and sorted. I haven’t yet decided what path to take when the kids are a bit bigger and don’t need constant supervision, so this book and her online course are helping me figure it out.

A Rule Against Murder – Louise Penny

Last but not least, another Louise Penny novel. I don’t have a lot of new stuff to say. They are just fun to read and the characters are lovely (apart from the murderers and red herrings, obviously). This time I particularly loved the depiction of Inspector Gamache’s marriage to his wife.

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