There's been a lot of hashtag mom life around here,
but not so much on the blog. Maybe because I think you'll be bored? In any case, today I wanted to talk about one of the accidental benefits I have found in having a baby -- I am reading SO MUCH. Seriously. I'm writing this on a Wednesday night (spoiler alert -- I don't get a lot of writing time, so I'm writing out as many posts as I can in advance) and I've already read one book start to finish since Monday and completed five books last week. It's awesome. When I had Pasha I did not read this much.
I was really confused by this until I really took the time to think about it. Before it was just me and him, so I could watch whatever tv I wanted because I didn't have to worry about young impressionable toddler ears and he was easily kept facing away from the screen. But now I have someone running around who picks up on every word and visual, so we've had to restrict our tv watching to Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine (with some forays into Blackish). And after you've watched through all the Sesame Street Hulu has to offer your kidlet is probably quite content to start over, but I'm finding it a little harder to enjoy. So books it is.
I Instagrammed this picture last week and realized that I have not done any kind of blog post about my reading since Summer. What? That can't be right. Reading is usually the geeky in Faithfully Geeky, but I've been remiss in sharing. I need to catch you up. But how? I've already read over books in 2018 and I don't really think you want to read a post detailing them all. But what about a list? With the most memorable titles highlighted? Yeah, a list might work.
Books Read in 2018 (so far)
- The Dry, Jane Harper -- I read this one in a day and was so excited to know that the second book was already published and would be available in February
- Beneath the Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire
- Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey -- My friend Jenny is helping me get back into Fantasy with some really great titles that are not as problematic as some of the ones I read in high school. This is an excellent book, the first in a trilogy, and a great look at how the sexual themes that are so often found in fantasy can be handled in a conscious and feminist manner.
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle (reread)
- I Know How She Does It, Laura Vanderkam
- The Music Shop, Rachel Joyce
- The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes
- The Emotional LIfe of the Toddler, Alicia F Lieberman -- I'm so glad I finished this before we had Vanya specifically for the section that deals with transitions/special issues. Pasha loves his brother, but it was a struggle for the first few weeks, and having an understanding of how toddlers process and deal with big changes was immensely helpful. This is the updated version that was just published and the first in my personal goal of reading one parenting book a month.
- The Woman at the Window, A.J. Finn
- The Spider and the Fly, Claudia Rowe
- Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika L. Sanchez
- My Life with Bob, Pamela Paul
- The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin -- I wasn't sure I'd want to read something that dealt with darker themes and family dynamics right after giving birth, but I could not put this book down. Because the story is broken down into multiple parts, one per sibling, every time I reached the end of a section I had to walk away. I kept thinking I'd go find something else to read, but I always came right back.
- Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
- The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett -- I'm on a bit of an Ann Patchett bender. I've read three of her novels and two of her non-fiction books since Summer and I am on the hunt for more. My biggest difficulty is deciding which one to read next. This one came up as a Kindle deal in February so I read it largely in the middle of the night. Like each of the books I've read so far, this one went places I was not expecting when I started. I love that her books read like a journey, but also are very grounded in reality. She looks at human nature in a way that I find continually fascinating.
- Force of Nature, Jane Harper -- Book two totally lived up to the hype!
- How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana K White
- Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O'Farrell -- Another novel that deals with ordinary people and family life but goes to unexpected places. Only this time set in Scotland. I seem to have a type right now.
Ok, so that's only January and February's reading. But thanks to ebooks, audio books, and just being stuck in a chair for hours on end, I've managed to accrue quite a list. You can find links and the latest updates on my Goodreads 2018 shelf.
What have you been reading this year? Anything from your list I should consider? Please tell me! I'm always looking for more books (even when I shouldn't).