Prenatal and Postpartum book catch-up!

After having Birdy and tackling her colic and my postpartum depression and anxiety, I feel like it takes me for…ev…er to get through a book. The other week my mom saw my then-current read sitting on the couch and said, “My GOSH you’ve been reading this book for weeks!” To which I responded that my average reading schedule seems to be about six weeks at the moment, and she remarked it used to take me six HOURS, ha. But, I’m happy to report that my most recent finished book only took me ONE week to get through, which makes me kind of excited. It ties in with Birdy starting to go down for sleep earlier. Most nights.

Anyway, here are my book recommendations from right before Birdy was born, to the present. I’m not including cover pictures for these, because, time. But you can find them if you are so inclined :-).

Prenatal reads:

1. Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

2. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy — Truthfully, I was pretty nervous about this read, because I adored the Anne of Green Gables series growing up and I was worried this book would just ruin everything. But it didn’t! I loved it and felt it held true to the original spirit brought about my L.M. Montgomery.

3. In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

4. The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

5. Mary Berry: Recipe for Life by Mary Berry — If you love yourself some early days of The Great British Bake-Off and seriously miss Mary Berry on the Netflix screen, give this book a go.

6. Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand — TBH, I wasn’t completely-bowled-over-with-wow for this book, but it did manage to make me interested in the follow up book that is apparently coming out at some point; so, honorable mention.

Postpartum Reads:

1. The Children by Ann Leary — My mom passed this on to me after rescuing it from a B&N bargain bin. I wasn’t sold on it, still being in the early throes of PPD/PPA, but I started it and slowly worked my way through, and ended up really enjoying it (which was lovely because it felt like it had been so long since I’d had the will or energy to read anything)!

2. More Than Words by Jill Santopolo — Real talk, the sex scenes in this book seemed cringe-worthy awkward and in my opinion could have been done with a bit of less-is-more, BUT the core of the story was good.

3. The Dream Peddler by Martine Fournier Watson — A bit heavy, but completely lovely.

4. The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick — Loved it! Every bit as delightful as her earlier work of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

And that’s it! I’m actually going to have to go back to the library this week for a new read, which I can hardly believe. I’ve been avoiding it because, as I stated earlier, it’s been taking me six weeks to get through a book and I can only check out a book for two weeks at a time and late fees would have undoubtedly occurred. But I’m going to summon my courage and try it!