• Good Things

    Date: 2011.07.26 | Category: Baby, Books, Home, Life, Me, Style | Tags:

    I’m feeling better. Much better. Medication is finally out of my body and my heart rate seems to have fallen back into its old rhythm. I’ve decided to try to get through this slump without medication. The thought of having to go through that again is just too much. Things seem to be getting better as I adjust to life back at work and Sarah seems to be excelling at “school.”

    I’ve been employing a few techniques to keep things happy, namely, distraction.

    When I was pregnant, one of the main things I selfishly worried about was not having the time to read anymore. Reading is such a part of my life and helps me relax. I was worried that book time was over for a few years.

    Fortunately, just the opposite seems to be true. Books are back to the rescue. One of the times I feel the saddest is when I have to pump. So I’ve started keeping a book in my bag with the pump. It helps me relax and distracts me. Nighttime is also tough for me, because that’s when I first started having the panic. I get nervous at night, and so I pull out the book.

    Not only has this been working (yay!) but it allows me to tear through books at my pre-baby pace. I’ve been reading lots of fun, easy reads. Mysteries, short stories, young adult fiction. And I’ve been getting through them in record time. My library card is certainly getting a work out. Good thing the library is on the way to pick up Sarah in the afternoons!

    So what have I been reading? Since giving birth, I have read the following:

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    Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris – The new Sookie Stackhouse book. Not nearly as good as the first five or so of the series, but still a fun and easy read. I spent a lot of time next to Sarah’s swing while she slept with this one in my lap. A great read when you need a sexy vampire fix and it’s another week before the newest episode of True Blood comes on.

    Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman – Lots of macabre short stories that were creepy and beautiful. I love reading these because they always inspire me to write. A great book to read to get you in the mood for Halloween.

    Day of Confession by Allan Folsom – Completely random pick from the library. Ended up being a murder mystery/ Vatican conspiracy novel that was easy to read and a page-turner. Not my normal genre, but fun nonetheless. A good book to pick up for a long car ride or an annoyingly long wait at the doctor’s office.

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    City of Bones / City of Ashes / City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – Another supernatural young adult series. I was reading in Entertainment Weekly (which is how I learn about all kinds of books) that this was the next YA series to get the Hollywood treatment. I picked the first one up at the library. Honestly, the writing was kind of bad and the story was ok. But, it was easy to read and interesting, so I finished it and got the next one in the series. The second one was a definite improvement. The story was a lot better and I read it much faster. I’m now half way through the third one and I can’t put it down. Clare has definitely improved her writing skills and storytelling ability as the series goes on. So glad to see it. So many times I get disappointed as series kind of pitters out. As the cover of the first one is kind of cheesy (a glowing male torso anyone?) you might want to get it on your Kindle. A good before-bedtime read.

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    Bossypants by Tina Fey – I’ve really needed a laugh lately, and this book literally had me laughing out loud. I drew some weird stares while I was giggling at this one in the doctor’s office waiting room. And so many times while I read this book I kept thinking, “I can’t believe she wrote that!” Fantastic writing and another one that is easy to read. I still keep thinking about Tina’s “shark eyes.” A great read for when you’re feeling down, or if you only get a short lunch break and want to be entertained.

    I’ve been pulling lots of book ideas from various places, including EW, Shelfari and Roxie’s book reviews. Is there anything (that’s not depressing) you would recommend reading?

    (Dana, I’ve got your book next on my list!)