What I've Been Reading Lately

Today I am sharing what I have been reading lately, for better or worse! These are the five books I have been spending my time with recently.

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Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim

(Non-fiction) This book is a fantastic read for families looking to either dabble or dive into minimalism. My good friend Zoe wrote this book and it has been a pleasure reading her words. She gives the "why" and takes you through every room in your house. I was honored and excited that I got to write the forward for this book.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

(Personal Development). This book came with rave reviews, but I honestly didn't love it. Part of it was the fact that I listened to it in the car on Audible. Each time she dropped an F-bomb I had to turn it off. So it took a million attempts to finish it since my kids are generally in the car with me. I don't mind profanity in the least, but this definitely botched my experience. Maybe I need to give it another shot?

SNAP - Awakening Curiosity in the Numbers One to Ten  By Sheryl Nichols Morris.

(Education) I've been curious about how young children learn math. I know it's far more than learning to count and identify numbers. This is a simple, quick reference guide--no need to read it front to back. I loved the extraordinarily simple methods to build curiosity, awareness, and a love of math from the earliest age (the activities are ideal for kids ages 2 to 6).

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

(Memoir) I am a sucker for memoirs. I will read any and all that I can get my hands on (when I can get my hands on the time, that is). Even though memoirs aren't technically self-help books, I always walk away feeling a little wiser. Considering this one is written by Maya Angelou, it was obviously touching and heartfelt. What are your favorites I can add to my wishlist?

Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford

(Child Development) The older my children grow, the more I realize that I don't want them chained to a desk all day in school. Research is continuing to show how critical movement is in the learning process. This book is eye-opening, albeit a bit dense. I am still working my way through it.

What have you been reading?


Denaye Barahona

Dr. Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She partners with families to tackle the challenges of raising children. Denaye is a minimalist who claims to be a decluttering expert (don't let her near your closet). She loves to travel, talk health-and-wellness, and give unsolicited advice. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Minimalists, Motherly, Becoming Minimalist, and numerous other media outlets. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in child and family practice.