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post #21 of 44
Leigh - I love that you are already trying to get your baby to sleep through the night LOL
post #22 of 44
I'm in the middle of Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. I plan on rereading the Clan of the Cave Bear Series soon!
post #23 of 44
Right now i'm reading Our Babies, Ourselves- How Biology and Culture shape the way we parent and when I'm looking for some lighter reading, i'm in the middle of the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse Series! (Very addictive!)
post #24 of 44
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Oh, goodness. The better question is what haven't I read? I'll stick with what I'm reading right now.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley & William Sears
Speaking of this book- I read "The Fussy Baby Book : Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five" and found it to have some good "general" tips on dealing with fussiness.

I also have been meaning to read "Emergency Childbirth: A Manual by Gregory J. White" forever, just because I think it doesn't hurt to have a good solid knowledge of what to do if for some reason your midwife doesn't make it on time, or you don't make it to the hospital. I imagine it also has some guidelines on what constitutes and emergency- what to look for, and what to do until you can get help.

PhotoJournMama- That's crazy! Though I have seen their "H.T.T.S.K.W.L.&L.S.K.W.T" videos, and they are a bit...patronizing? Though I liked both of their books, I found it very difficult to sustain their methods in practice. It simply didn't feel natural. I've primarily used their problem solving steps, and some of their ideas on what is and is not my problem. Also, little tips like keeping what I say in the moment simple, and identifying the issue, instead of judging, it were helpful to me.

AFWife- I've read the Ender's Game series. It has been a while though. The first book was really rough for me! I so felt for him!
post #25 of 44
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how is siblings without rivalry? I feel like I need to prepare DS somehow for a new baby.
I like it. I has a lot of really good information about things parents commonly do that sparks or feeds into sibling rivalry. For example, using one kids strength to try to motivate the sibling ("Mary keeps her room so clean! Do you think you could do the same thing?") and other things that I think parents do without realizing the potential effect. The focus is more on what you can do about your own behavior to minimize rivalry, instead of trying to directly modify the child's behavior.
post #26 of 44
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I like it. I has a lot of really good information about things parents commonly do that sparks or feeds into sibling rivalry. For example, using one kids strength to try to motivate the sibling ("Mary keeps her room so clean! Do you think you could do the same thing?") and other things that I think parents do without realizing the potential effect. The focus is more on what you can do about your own behavior to minimize rivalry, instead of trying to directly modify the child's behavior.
Hmmm...I'm going to pick that one up. My parents weren't the best parenting models.
post #27 of 44
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Hmmm...I'm going to pick that one up. My parents weren't the best parenting models.
Yeah, I had some flashbacks reading some of the scenarios, and I could see myself doing some of these things out of habit/desperation/exhaustion. It was eye-opening for me. I'm really glad I have some alternatives to try.
post #28 of 44
I'm trying to figure out what to read next. I just finished Julie Kenner's Confessions of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series. It was a fun, pretty light series. Good summer reading.

I have Eat, Love, Pray on my nightstand that I started, but life got really busy and I haven't been reading for a few weeks now. Now that someone mentioned Good Omens, I might put that next on my list for a re-read.

Not really reading any childbirth books right now. I tab through Dr. Sears Pregnancy just to see where baby is developmentally, but I'm not too into the rest of the discussion right now. I do need to read Siblings Without Rivalry. I started it a couple of years ago but felt it didn't really apply because my kids were too young but I think we are at better ages for it now.
post #29 of 44
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Leigh - I love that you are already trying to get your baby to sleep through the night LOL
I know. It was light and bendable so I crammed into my carry-on. Also, I've been suffering from insomnia lately so I thought it might teach me something and - quite miraculously - I'm sleeping better. Just goes to show that we're all still babies at heart.

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Speaking of this book- I read "The Fussy Baby Book : Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five" and found it to have some good "general" tips on dealing with fussiness.
Yeah. I've got that one back home. It's on the list to read in the future. I'll bump it up since you say it's good. Thanks.
post #30 of 44
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I also have been meaning to read "Emergency Childbirth: A Manual by Gregory J. White" forever, just because I think it doesn't hurt to have a good solid knowledge of what to do if for some reason your midwife doesn't make it on time, or you don't make it to the hospital. I imagine it also has some guidelines on what constitutes and emergency- what to look for, and what to do until you can get help.
You can fnid a PDF of this book here. I bought it a couple years ago, before I realized I could get it online. There are some parts that are pretty good, but there are also some parts that are very outdated and should NOT be followed. The major one that comes to mind is the bend-the-newborn-in-two trick to get him to breathe. Um, no. But there are some good parts in there too.
post #31 of 44
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I'm currently in the middle of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

DH just gave me the first three Wheel of Time books for my early b-day (I mean like 10 minutes ago). I guess I'll start those next.
I loved Good Omens! Happy early b-day—I hope you enjoy the Wheel of Time books!

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macandcheese- Thanks for the recommendation re: the Barbara Kingsolver book. I need to head to the library today, so I might check it out!

And re: Ina May- I really found some of the stories just heart rending, particularly the babe with hydrocephalus. And I didn't care for her terminology very much. It was an attempt at making it more "casual" and "comfortable", but I'm quite comfortable with the real terms, TYVM! It was actually off putting to me.
Yes! It was a little too gentle and hippie-dippie for me. I get what she was trying to do with the vocabulary, but hearing some of her terms reminded me of adults who still refer to cuts and scrapes as boo-boos and ouchies. Really, lady. You can say contraction. I don't want to come off as anti-Ina May, though. In general, I love that lady.

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DH says similar things about the Wheel of Time. I think he likes to read to the 5th book or so then pretend like the others don't exist.
LOL. My DH says exactly the same thing. He was back on board by the end of the series, though, so I just need to power through those middle books :P

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I've been re-reading some Margaret Atwood books, as well, and really enjoying them again.
This thread is making me realize how unwieldy my reading list is right now ... I have a stack of Margaret Atwoods here as well. Shamefully, I've never read anything of hers aside from a few essays.

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I absolutely refuse to allow TLC baby shows in my house. Nope, not happening. I won't let me daughter see them either (ok, she's only 2, but still). She watches natural birth DVDs with me and also homebirths on Youtube. She already knows what natural childbirth looks like.
This probably reflects some sort of mental issue, but I love to watch those shows just to get enraged and rant to DH. Like 80% of those idiot shows end up with the woman getting an "emergency" c-section! Discovery Health is having Baby Week next week—I think DH is going to hide the tv from me.
post #32 of 44
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This thread is making me realize how unwieldy my reading list is right now ... I have a stack of Margaret Atwoods here as well. Shamefully, I've never read anything of hers aside from a few essays.
The Blind Assassin is one of my all-time favorite novels. Get on that! I command you.
post #33 of 44
The Twilight series. I'm on Eclipse. I love crushing on a teen vampire. He sparkles. What could be more appealing??!! I wish dh sparkled in the sunlight...ah,so dreamy.
post #34 of 44
I'm in my childhood bedroom right now, so I'm re-reading my very first copy of Little Women right now. It was the first "real" book I ever loved. It's HUGE - like ten pounds, no joke.
post #35 of 44
I'm re-reading Buddhism for Mothers for the 1,000,000th time right now. We're going to the library on Wednesday and I'll pick up some new fiction. Something from this list for sure!
post #36 of 44
I'm working through Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (currently reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes). I really liked this series in the beginning (though I struggled at parts, it always got better), but the last two books have been a real challenge for me.

I also recently picked up Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy (The Crystal Cave, etc). I read the first two books many years ago and apparently I've lost all memory of them so it's like reading a new book

Just the other day I was thinking I would like to re-read the HP series as my easy-to-read summer project.

I'm waiting for the last Wheel of Time book to be released before I attempt that series again. I started it in Jr High, when only the first (maybe?) 5 books had been released. I kept up with the series until the end of book 7, IIRC before I gave up and quit (it was hard enough to keep up with how much it was dragging, and trying to keep all the details straight between book releases). I always swore I would go back and finish it when it was completed though.
post #37 of 44
I am reading the series The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I love it! I almost done the second book now.

Not really reading anything pregnancy related because last pregnancy (less than a year ago) I read so much that I think I will be quite educated on that subject for a long while haha.
post #38 of 44
What a fun discussion! Reading this thread has totally made my day! Books!!!

I just re-read Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth too, and this time I just loved it and found it really uplifting. I also read some sections of Active Birth--interesting information about tearing (something I'm worried about). Also thinking about taking a look at the first section of the Baby Whisperer again. She's a bit annoying at times, and her "system" is too set in stone for me, but I really like the chapter on slowing down and listening to what your baby is saying.

fyvel, I LOVE Mary Stewart's Merlin books! I was just thinking about picking them up again.

In other reading, I just read through all 7 of Edward Eager's books, in order. That was after reading E. Nesbit's The Enchanted Castle and not having anything else by her to read.
post #39 of 44
My big thing right now is escapism reading. I pushed out a 10 lb baby for my HBAC last time, so I am not too worried about another homebirth this time... so for me, I read Star Trek novels (The Original Series and The Next Generation) both yellow-paged and 60's era, and newer... and now I think I am done with that for a while.

I finished the latest Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon before that, and that's a tough act to follow, though a little too grisly for me these days, with the hormones and all. Heck, she pushes my envelope on violence, but it's so well-written and intriguing that I had to keep reading.

Next, I am thinking I might be ready to re-read the Harry Potter series, because I will enjoy the upcoming movie, and I love the "Calgon, Take Me Away" effect that that series has... really moves along, keeps me enthralled, and whisks me away to an amazingly detailed and likeable world I love to come back to visit.

Wish there were more series like that, more authors like Rowlings and Gabaldon (rhymes with Cobblestone, got that from the horse's mouth).

I can't wait to see what other reviews there are for good escape reading... I liked Norah Roberts when I was pg with DS, but tried one of her novels recently, and had to laugh, it was so... BAD. Really, it begged to be lampooned. But some of her trilogies would probably be worth a second read, like the "Blue Dahlia" one.

But as for reading about pregnancy, nah... all set. Don't really want to dwell on it more. Want to dwell on it less!
post #40 of 44
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This probably reflects some sort of mental issue, but I love to watch those shows just to get enraged and rant to DH. Like 80% of those idiot shows end up with the woman getting an "emergency" c-section! Discovery Health is having Baby Week next week—I think DH is going to hide the tv from me.
Meg,
I can sort of sympathize, but I avoid stuff like that, which is easy to do when all our viewing is Netflix/roku.

I hear they are coming out with even better Ire Fodder for the likes of us... a new series called NICU! Watch all the little babies who were forced into the world too soon for often paltry reasons, get isolated from their mothers in little plastic boxes! Ain't it cute?

I even get hot under the collar whenever I see birth depicted on TV. My latest rant was the latest Star Trek movie, directed by Abrams? Really have to admit I loved the movie and am jazzed about the next one, but the usual depiction of the poor helpless laboring woman who needs to be placed on her back and have things done to her, be told how and when to breathe, etc, really about made me want to stand up and yell Boo.

It really is a culture-wide belief system problem, that women are helpless in birth, and intrinsically in need of being ordered about, controlled, and rescued by authority figures, usually male ones or else male-mimicking ones. Gag me!
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