No, I’m not completely out of my mind. I really do think it’s possible (POSSIBLE! Not probable, okay?) I might have time to read over the next few crazy weeks.
[Wait. I guess seven days with a newborn might have been long enough to drive me crazy. I doubt it, though. That doubt? It's the luxury I have writing this five days before she's scheduled to be delivered...]
In order to get ready for Life with Baby, I scheduled a handful of posts for the blog and took off several weeks from work. Though I realize naps and laundry and holding and rocking and staring into space or gazing into her eyes will likely take up most my time and energy, I also wanted to be prepared with a stack of books to read if and when I found a few minutes here and there.
The problem is that my brain basically shut down a few trimesters ago, and even the most basic decisions (like, which three books to buy or borrow) boggled my poor pregnant mind. Not to mention I had no idea what my post-baby brain would be interested in or able to handle. So like a good Boy Scout (a good, pregnant, indecisive Boy Scout), I am totally prepared with more books than I could possibly read in six weeks.
Here’s what I’ve got lined up. (P.S. Feel free to notice the abundance of books that EVERYONE ELSE HAS READ but I have not. Better late than never, right?)
- Trapped by Irene Hannon
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
- Chasing God by Angie Smith
- Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey
- The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins
- Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine
- Notes from a Blue Bike:The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
- You’re Going to be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days by Holley Gerth
Also on Deck:
Veronica Mars, first season (a rewatch to get ready for the MOVIE!!!)
So, what do you think of my list? Is there something lighter, better, more interesting, more hilarious, more encouraging that I should be reading this winter in between diapers and feedings and tummy time and naps?