On My Nightstand

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Can’t believe another month has come and gone, and it’s already time for a fresh crop of reading material! Now that I’m in my third trimester, I’m definitely squeezing in some last-minute baby & parenting books (current read is Happiest Baby on the Block) but also mixing in fun non-baby-related material so I don’t go crazy. Gotta keep it in balance, you know? By the way, that Sophie Dahl cookbook from last month’s roundup is my new go-to; I’ve been making everything from the summer section, especially the berry-filled desserts! Take a peek at what else is currently on my nightstand, and leave a comment to let me know what you’re currently reading (or any recent book you highly recommend!

{1} Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is this month’s pick for the book club I’m in with my mom, aunt and cousins. Author Amy Chua is brutally honest and unapologetic about her extreme parenting techniques…and it’s definitely going to spark some healthy debate about how far is too far when it comes to discipline.

{2} I can’t wait to read the amazing story behind the birth of Gilt Groupe in By Invitation Only. Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis share their story of the determination and vision it took to create a billion dollar business and change the way people shop. I’m always fascinated by female entrepreneur success stories…and these women are the reigning queens.

{3} You guys know that I love summer grilling, and The Gardener & the Grill is the perfect companion for those of us who love eating seasonally and preparing our farmer’s market bounty as simply as possible. This one could quite possibly become a new classic at our house.

{4} I haven’t been able to resist scooping up a few of the gorgeously-illustrated kids books out there, and I Had a Favorite Dress is definitely one of the cutest I’ve seen. It’s the story of a dress that goes through several DIY transformations… and the fun that comes from flexing a little creativity and flexibility!

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6 Responses to “On My Nightstand”

  1. Jess

    So funny, I picked up “I Had a Favorite Dress” at a bookstore a few weeks ago and read through the whole thing! It’s adorable and I loved it. Sadly, there was really no reason for me to take the book home with me. I love children’s books! :)

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  2. Georgina

    I want to read the Gilt book also – thanks for the gentle reminder! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. Rhonda

    Favorite fiction–Distant Land of my Father by Bo Caldwell. Novel set from Shanghai to Los Angeles in the mid 20th century, the conflict and resolution of the a girl and her father.
    Engaging and worthwhile.

    Non fiction– Material World by Peter Menzel. A team of photographers traveled to 30 countries around the world and photographed the daily life of one typical family, culminating in a large photo of the family in front of their home with literally every one of their material possessions. Brief test describes each families dreams, values, personal statistics. Fascinating, beautifully presented.

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  4. Bettina

    I need to get through the Gilt book as well. I’m a few chapters in and so far I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit about the mentality behind starting a successful tech business.

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  5. Kirbi Knop

    Camille~
    I love this installment as always! :) I read Battle Hymn.. as well last year and it was such an intense/emotional, powerful read. Who is to say how far is too far, but it is still enlightening on so many levels despite its controversies. I always thought Amy was so brave when she talks about one of the ultimate goals and “successes” for a Chinese parent is to have your children respect/love/and even LIKE you when they become adults despite your parenting ways upon them for most of their lives.

    Thank you for sharing the very sweet dress book! I am a SUCKER for finding children’s books (especially for little girls) with fine illustrations that are also good reads. This looks like a fun book I can’t wait to see if our book store has it. Some of my other favorite illustrated books right now for kids are all the Little Golden Classics in their traditional/classic designs. The most adorable summer book of these, and one of my daughter’s favorite, is A Day at the Seashore. Everytime we read it I dream of vintage, classic, nautical themed children’s parties. :) What can I say, I have a problem! haha

    Enjoy your relaxing reading time you get in the next couple of months. Don’t feel like you won’t have any when the baby comes. While so many people say that you won’t have as much time anymore with a newborn….my daughter is 2 now and I beg to differ. I can’t help but think ‘What was I thinking?’ as far as the amount of down time you can steal away with a baby. The younger they are the more they sleep! Way more time to nap and read as well when they are that age. When they become little toddlers, THAT is when the times goes. :)

    xo,
    Kirbi

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