Even though I’m on Goodreads, I hardly ever get on there. Mostly because I forget about it and also because I figure I can tell you all on here what I’m reading and what I think about it a lot faster than going through all the rigamoro on GR.
I’m currently reading five books with a hope of throwing in a sixth. Granted, I’m not reading these books every day. I’ll read one for a while, set it down and then later in the day, pick up another.
1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Sorry ladies, the movie version isn’t as informative.
Seeing as how this is my first pregnancy, I felt like I needed to read this book. I have a lot of questions, and, for some reason, women who have had babies all say “its just such a magical time” and gloss over everything else. Sorry ladies, but I need to know the gory details. Enter What to Expect. Which, now that I’m reading it, I equate it to googling “headache” and ending the evening thinking you have cholera or mad cow disease. They have questions from real women and each one makes me think my baby is going to come out looking like something from the cover of The National Enquirer. Needless to say, this book has been tucked away for a while.
2. A Jane Austen Devotional
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
When I first saw this devotional at Mardel, I was super excited. A new devotional and it incorporates Jane, my authoring idol? Yes, please! The devotional has an excerpt from an Austen novel, with an accompanying devotional, touching on a central idea (i.e., pride, prejudice…you get the picture). Its…okay. I mean, I like the excerpts but I feel like the devotional lacks the depth that I need. I don’t need the Fordyce’s Sermons by any means, but I need a little more than: pride is bad.
3. Let’s Panic About Babies!
Yes…look into my eyes…
I first saw this on Think Geek and thought it looked funny, chuckled to myself and then searched for more Doctor Who shirts. But when I went to the library, I knew I had to check this book out. I am SO glad I did! With all the serious books out there about pregnancy, this is a refreshing (if also sarcastic and snarky) take on child-bearing. Huff the Hubs and I love to read quotes from the book to each other. One of my favorites: “Question: How can I be sure I’m pregnant? Answer: Torso swells gradually until baby falls into underpants.” I also found the picture of giving birth, complete with rainbows and unicorns coming out of the woman’s downtown, to be froth with humor.
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Harry, I see a great film franchise in your future…”
I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series and I finished Order of the Phoenix Saturday night and immediately picked up HBP. As I read these books for the third time, I’m still in awe at all of the little nuances and “clues” Rowling has hidden throughout its pages. Seriously, in the first chapter of the first book, Sirius Black is mentioned. He doesn’t come in to play until book three! And, in Order, just in passing there’s mention of a locket. True HP geeks know the locket of which I speak and its importance to the resolution of the series. If you’re not an HP geek, stop what you’re doing and pick up book one. You’re welcome for now making you love reading and making you a hermit for the foreseeable future.
5. Rattled: What He’s Thinking When You’re Pregnant
I’m sure he’s thinking: whose this monster and where’s my wife?!
When I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I thought it would be perfect for Huff the Hubs and I. Mostly because there was a version for men to read, too. The author made some valid points (stuff I kind of figured was already going on in my husband’s brain) but some of his assumptions were a little annoying. The way he talks about women can seem demeaning at some points. There was one occasion when the author claims that “all pregnant women are excited about this new chapter in their lives and even at the early stages of the pregnancy are ready to jump into motherhood.” Um… not so much. I’m terrified. I’m more worried that I’m eating the wrong thing, not doing enough to prep my body for labor, doing too much to prep for labor, I’ll screw the kid up because I didn’t buy the “right” kind of diapers, or I’ll gain way too much weight and it will never come off. I’m more than ¾ of the way through the book and homeboy hasn’t addressed any of those feelings or how to help a husband help his pregnant and bat-shiz crazy wife. Its mostly: ‘let your wife buy whatever she wants” or “just bring her ice cream” to help when hormones strike. Last time I checked, not all women were like the comic strip character, Cathy.
What are you reading? Do you like it? Hate it? Have a recommendation?