Monday, July 10, 2017

june book report.

Only 3 books this month, none of which I listened to, and only one about caring for a baby. The reason for more reading and less listening is probably because I spend a good chunk of time each day breastfeeding and that's when I've been doing all of my reading.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline / I hovered between giving this a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads, but because there's no 4.5 star option, I decided to round up. I REALLY liked this book. And the best part is, I'm not sure I would have chosen it on my own, but The Girl Next Door Podcast picked it for a book club episode and I'm so glad they did. I learned about the surprisingly fascinating life of Christina Olson, a bit about the famed artist Andrew Wyeth, and now I'm yearning for a simpler life. If you're not sure if this is a book you'd like, I assure you, you probably will. And now I want to read Orphan Train by the same author.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley I enjoyed this—enough that I read it in a week while home with a newborn ;) It's not a mystery or a thriller really, but the story is told from the point of view of all the characters leading up to the crash and you're trying to figure out why/how the plane crashed. I'm usually able to predict endings, but I didn't with this one, so I'd recommend it.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg / A fellow mama lent me this book and said it was her bible. I read the entire thing and found the advice offered made sense. Some of it went against everything else I had read though, particularly the parts about breastfeeding. (Only 3 weeks into being a mom and I've learned that everyone has a different way of doing things; you have to find what works for you!) One thing that stood out was that Hogg advises against feeding on demand, but that is exactly what I had been told to do for Mabel, by La Leche League, websites recommended by other moms, and most notably by her pediatrician. But! Later in the book, Hogg says that you SHOULD feed underweight and premature babies on demand. The section I found the most helpful was on sleep. We've only had a couple nights to put this into practice, and I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but we have seen a slight improvement in Mabel's sleep! Anyway, I could go on and on about this book and baby advice in general, but I'll wrap up with this: You might find this book helpful, but just remember, do what works for you, even if that means cherry picking advice and practices from different sources!

What have you read and loved—or hated—lately?

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