I just finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was great, but I don’t think this is really the best stage of my life to really appreciate the beauty of the writing, the complexity of the story, the details, the characters. I’m just too tired these days. Too much of my brain space is taken up with monitoring David’s cheese intake to also keep track of feuds between dwarves and elves. I missed a lot of the story. If you’re an LOTR fan, this will put it into perspective: halfway through “The Return of the King” I asked Tom the difference between Sauron and Saruman.
After LOTR I switched to something a little lighter (it is summer, after all). I read “The Nanny Diaries” in about two weeks and, for the most part, I was able to keep the three main characters straight. Though sometimes I forgot that George was a cat and not a roommate.
After David was born I read nonstop. When you have a newborn you spend a surprising amount of time, several hours a day, sitting down feeding your baby, and I passed a lot of those hours reading.
A friend of mine, who is a mild-mannered adult, recently told me that when her mom was nursing her baby sister, she went to the bathroom and shaved her head. I’m taking that as a realistic warning, so I’m preparing for damage control during the day rather than quiet hours devoted to reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”
However, I also read while I nursed David at night; I read nearly 100 pages each night. It’s depressing to think of being up that much, but aren’t you impressed at the productivity!?
Reading in the middle of the night worked for me; it helped keep me awake and helped keep my mind off the clock. Before this baby gets here I’d like to stock up on some good books, so I’m looking for recommendations. I want to be able to enjoy them, to be able to follow the plot and keep track of the characters even if I’m sleep-deprived and reading at 4 a.m.
I read a range of books while nursing David — Anne of Green Gables, Gone With the Wind, Once a Runner, Blink, the Problem of Pain. Here’s a list of books I read when David was a newborn (I keep track of books using GoodReads).
Have you read anything that’s light, fun, interesting? I like a range of genres, but nothing super complex and nothing sad…especially nothing sad involving kids (my hormones wouldn’t survive it).
Let me know what I should add to my list. But promise you won’t get offended if, unlike David, this baby sleeps through the night before prom, and I spend the nighttime hours sleeping rather than reading.
Eh, a pregnant lady can dream.