Maybe it's a slight case of ADD, but I can't just sit there and nurse and rock Natalie to sleep at night - I have to have something to do and the quietest and most productive activity that I can think of to do during this time is reading. I've always been a pretty voracious reader - I love Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club growing up and I also went through a pretty intense John Grisham stage my freshman year of high school but my tastes have evolved since then and I have a wide array of books I'm planning on reading during the remainder of my maternity leave and throughout my summer vacation.
I am currently in the middle of this Jodi Picoult book that I got for Christmas from Craig's mother. I had to wait until my pregnancy hormones subsided because it is an intense novel about a family with an Asperger's son who is accused of murdering his social skills teacher.
I've read another book by this author and although it was definitely considered "chick lit" it's at least on the more serious side and looks like it will have some sort of substance. I think it will be a pretty easy and entertaining read to enjoy poolside this summer.
Anita Diamant is an incredibly unique writer and I've really enjoyed two of her other novels, The Red Tent and The Day After Night. I bought this one a long time ago and lent it to my mother to read and she said that it was good...but "interesting."
My mother lent me this book set in two different eras - one being World War II Paris and the other sixty years later as an American journalist is seeking information about the Jewish roundup that took place many years before.
And then moving onto something a little more lighthearted. If I could be one person for a week, it would be Chelsea Handler. I love her, I love her books and I'm going to be seeing her on her next comedy tour when it comes to Dallas in June.
Ahh. Another fluff book - this time set ten years after Elizabeth and Jessica have graduated high school and *gasp* are no longer friends, or even talking to each other! It's like the ultimate ten year high school reunion. I. Can't. Wait.
This book is on my list of things that Craig can give me for Mother's Day. She's witty, she's smart and she helped to dissuade the American people from voting for the McCain-Palin ticket. What more could I want in a woman?