If you read my Autumn Goals post, you will know that I am trying to make more of a conscious effort to read. I used to read a book every day before Teddy arrived but as most of you probably know, life with a baby is pretty hectic. It’s actually the thing I miss most about my pre-baby life, being able to sit for hours and get completely lost in a book. I set myself a challenge on Goodreads at the beginning of every year, last year it was 70 books and I smashed it. This year, knowing baby would be arriving, I decided to opt for 40. So far i’m on number 25 (5 behind schedule according to their tracker!). I thought I would update my blog every couple of months on the books I am hoping to get read, as a way to stay on track! Here are the books I am hoping to read in October…
Happy Mum Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
I bought this book when I was pregnant with Teddy and just skim-read it before putting it down, I wanted to save it for when Teddy was here as I felt like I would be able to relate to the book more as it covers topics from miscarriage, pregnancy, breastfeeding and lack of sleep. I started this book properly about a week ago and so far I am a whole 100 pages in. Reading with a baby isn’t as easy as you may think! I am definitely going to make more of an effort to read when Teddy goes to sleep at night, even if it’s just for 30 minutes, before I call it a night myself. I absolutely love Gi’s fictional work and writing, so I know i’ll really enjoy this.
“Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.
But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer ‘advice’ on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.
Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.”
The Upside Of Unrequited by Becki Albertali
I was part way through this book when I went into labour. Safe to say it got abandoned and forgotten about! I wish now I had taken it into hospital with me as I had to stay in for three nights, two of them with Teddy. Who literally slept the whole time, unless he was woken for a feed by the midwives. Oh what I would give to go back to that time…What I did read of this book, I really enjoyed! It’s the perfect easy-read young adult book.
“Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than be hurt.
But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious and basically the perfect first boyfriend.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s co-worker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan she could never fall for . . . right?”
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
I picked this up after hearing amazing things from the WHSmith’s Zoella Book Club, it’s a young adult book based on feminism and everyday gender inequality. I picked it up for 99p from Amazon, for my kindle! I find it slightly easier to read books on my kindle app at the minute, as I can do it one handed whilst feeding Teddy.
“Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.”