Hurray for a beautiful new baby and for no longer being pregnant. On June 28th - almost two weeks ago - it was determined that my blood pressure was too high for me to safely be pregnant anymore so God bless the fine folks at OSF for sending me upstairs and cutting that baby out of me later that day. We're loving Jaxon a lot and sometimes he wakes up and loves us back.
I wasn't sure this was going to actually happen, but I've managed to get some reading done!!
The Editor by Steven Rowley
An author writes a "novel" inspired by his mother and is surprised, intimidated, and excited to learn that Jackie Kennedy is interested in being his editor. I was expecting an enjoyable and easy read and was pleasantly surprised by how moving it was. I cried a little, but then again - lots of hormones happening!
There, There by Tommy Orange
This is our book club book for the month of July. I almost gave up on it after the first chapter or so, due to how graphic the opening was, as well my assumption that it was going to be pretty raw overall. Instead, I put it down until after baby, just so I wasn't enveloped in a deep dark story during such a happy time.
Although it was indeed not a happy and fluffy read by any stretch of the imagination, I'm glad I stuck with it. This novel captures interwoven stories of a handful of Native Americans in Oakland, California. I didn't *like* it, but it was super well-written and thought-provoking. I can't wait to discuss it with the group!
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
I just turned the last page on this fun graphic novel about five minutes ago - have I mentioned that everything Knisley touches turns to gold? I really love all of her books. This was a fun dive into her chaotic wedding planning year and her relationship with her sweet husband.
I got pretty misty-eyed.
Oh, and this was a PERFECT light read to recover from There, There!
I just couldn't do:
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo. I gave up at 4%. It sounded like a promising romance, but I can't even express how much this book did NOT float my boat. Boy meets girl, they immediately hit it off the very first day they meet, end up at his dorm and watch the twin towers fall and have their first kiss while they watch. What the heck!?!?! Pass.
The new Blake Crouch novel. I have no idea what it's about, but he wrote Dark Matter, which was super good, so I'm hopeful!
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.