Season 2, Episode 7: Reading Outside Our Wheelhouses + Our Favorite Parenting Books

Meredith and Kaytee are back with SO many books my fingers are cramped (this is becoming a theme…).

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: family presentation at homeschool group and going into a new book completely blind.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got five current reads this week, and they are sci-fi/fantasy heavy, which is WEIRD for us! Lots of strong opinions here!

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads and what’s been happening in the past week. Also a short grammar lesson on “Swifties”.

For our deep dive this week, we had a number of listeners (and real life friends) request our favorite parenting books. This will span everything from pregnancy/birth to infanthood to growing children to adding siblings. Plus one funny pick for when you just want to laugh it off.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands. We’ve got books “with caveats” this week. So, stay tuned and listen closely to see if they are actually right for you!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 






3:26 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

3:28 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

3:29 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

6:52 - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

8:15 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

11:17 - Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy

12:38 - The Julian Kestrel books by Kate Ross

14:35 - A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

14:45 - Leigh Kramer on Instagram

17:41 - The Passengers by John Marrs

19:30 - Minisode with John Marrs

20:20 - The One by John Marrs

20:34 - The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison

22:45 - Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

25:24 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

26:10 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

26:40 - On Writing by Stephen King

28:49 - The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough

29:34 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

29:39 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

29:47 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

30:04 - Persuasion by Jane Austen

30:05 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

30:07 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

30:17 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara

33:31 - Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

35:25 - On Becoming Baby Wise by Robert Bucknam and Gary Ezzo

36:05 - The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracey Hogg

36:29 - Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

37:22 - Expecting Better by Emily Oster

38:43 - Cribsheet by Emily Oster

39:59 - Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

40:54 - Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley

42:02 - How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

42:42 - Episode 10 of Currently Reading

42:44 - Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by David Thomas and Steven James

43:03 - Are My Kids on Track? by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevithan

43:15 - Triggers by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake

44:31 - Wonder Weeks by Xaviera Plas-Plooij, Frans X. Plooij, and Hetty van de Rijt

44:45 - Wonder Weeks app

46:25 - Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlisch

46:30 - Episode 8 of Currently Reading

46:35 - Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham

46:37 - Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Laura Markham

47:09 - Parenting, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

48:17 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

48:30 - One Great Book podcast with Anne Bogel (and the link to the Kindred episode)

51:23 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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