It has been a goal to read more and with the major life change I am about to experience, I have found comfort in reading. I have mostly stuck to books that will better prepare me for becoming a mother (like What to Expect When You’re Expecting) but have started to pivot to feminist-esque books in general. I mean, what is more feminist than becoming a mother (no matter how you do it) and raising another human. After devouring several, I wanted to share the books I’ve enjoyed recently.
Chris has recently been reading a lot more and with our Columbus Library card, I feel more motivated to read than ever. Thankfully, the library in Bexley is super close to us and eliminates any excuse I have to not pick up new books often. I hope to take time to read once Baby Berry is here so if you have any recommendations, send them my way.
I was first introduced to Samantha Irby when I picked up her newest, Meaty, on a whim in NYC. It was an easy read and made me laugh out loud through, which is always a win in my book (my book, get it. Ha!) I knew Irby was better known for We Are Never Meeting in Real Life so I knew I had to pick it up. Like Meaty, this book was an easy read. I have been reading so much nonfiction lately but these chapters are short and entertaining. I spent most of my time reading this book laughing out loud or smiling but also love that it’s peppered with chapters that are a bit more serious. This book is perfect if you are looking for a humorous, easy read.
This book really rocked my world. I was so lucky to receive it as a gift from my sister and upon the first chapter, I dug it. As a pregnant woman and future mother, this book was extremely empowering but also educational. I did not expect to learn as much about pregnancy and the history of maternity care as I did. I was so impressed by the amount of research Garbes did for this book and I enjoyed every anecdote that she shared. The chapters were digestible and satisfying and my phone’s camera roll is full of pictures of entries that really spoke to me. Warning for the more sensitive types, there is a chapter that had me on the couch sobbing like a baby.
I recommend this to every woman who considers herself a mother. I plan to buy this/loan this out to everyone I know who is in the process of becoming/recently a mother.
Funny enough, I first came across this book when I added Like a Mother to my Amazon shopping cart. I skimmed the summary and read through some reviews and immediately added it to my phone’s reading list. Upon a recent trip to the Bexley Library, I hunted it down. It wasn’t the easiest read for me and though I did really enjoy some of the chapters, I felt for the most part the chapters were a bit longer than they needed to be. There were plenty of good messages in this book and I appreciated that even as someone who considers herself a feminist, it challenged some of my beliefs about the behavior of unruly women, as imperfect as they may be.
I was recommended this book by a coworker and I swear ever since, it has been recommended to me a half a dozen times. I picked this up on a trip to the Bexley Library and I am so glad I did. It was a pretty easy read and like the Like a Mother book, I appreciated that there were plenty of anecdotes mixed in with the author’s findings. This book was not scientific like Like a Mother, but I love that the author taught me about not only raising children in France, but also what life is like in France. There were stories that made me laugh out loud and plenty of things that made me think. I found that the philosophy she studies in this book aligns somewhat closely to my own. I can’t speak from experience, but I don’t plan to stick to a strict parenting technique but rather, hope to take bits of the experience of others and use those to find my own way as a parent. Some of my favorite techniques from this book are Le Pause and providing The Cadre. If you have small children, I highly recommend grabbing this book.