20 Books Read During 9 Months of Pregnancy

1 Oct


During my pregnancy I devoured 20 books, most of which were decent reads thanks to Kindle’s great sampling feature that allows you to read a bit of the book before you buy it. If I got to the end of the sample and wanted more then I knew it was one to purchase. Here’s my list of books in the order I read them along with a brief commentary. I included links to all the books on Amazon so you can read the full reviews.

  1. Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Tennelly – Really a lovely quick read for first time moms. It would make a great shower gift. I gave it to my mom to read while she was visiting and she gave it a five tissue review.
  2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – If you’ve already seen the movie then you likely don’t want to read the book, but if you haven’t let Hollywood get the best of you then I highly recommend this book.
  3. Bossypants by Tina Fey – Really, people find this woman funny…I couldn’t finish it.
  4. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin – Chick-lit at its finest. These are great, finish in a day or two reads. I’ve read all of her books and although they don’t require any brain power at all I think they are perfect for the end of your pregnancy when you don’t have the power to focus.
  5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – This was a recommendation by my uncle and although it was highly stimulating and very interesting (just like him) at the end I really didn’t get it.
  6. Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies) by Jill Smokler – Hilarious!
  7. Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond by Nancy Bardacke – A little too granola for me (still only half way through it), but it served as a good wake up call for me to enjoy my pregnancy and live in the moment. Great book if you are intimidated by the thought of giving birth.
  8. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – If you’ve read the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and loved those, this one won’t disappoint.
  9. Lessons in French by Hilary Reyl – I won’t lie, I really like me some young adult reading and this one was a cute tale of an American 20-something during her crazy internship with a famous American photographer based in Paris.
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – If you are an Arrested Development sitcom fan then you’ll love this book written by that show’s writer. It’s a quirky book about a daughter who sets out to find her mother who disappears and in order to find her she compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence–“creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.”
  11. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling – I think Rowling should stick to pre-teen novels.
  12. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – One of my favorites out of the 20
  13. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Waller – Quirky, funny, clever…really enjoyed it.
  14. Faking It by Elisa Lorello – 30-something professor meets a male escort who teaches her a thing or two…quick, funny read.
  15. Divergent by Veronica Roth – If you are a Hunger Games fan this is a great knock-off trilogy
  16. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – 2nd book in the trilogy. The last in the trilogy Allegiant comes out this month.
  17. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Terminally ill teenage cancer patients fall in love…awesome, awesome book mixing a lot of humor with great life lessons.
  18. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Good book – it may leave you wondering about your own husband. It ended up as a great dinner conversation with mine (nope, sorry, no secrets to share here)
  19. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – Sort of an “Into the Wild” for woman. Great true story!
  20. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – I’m in the process of reading this one now and so far I’m really enjoying this story of a Chinese orphan in Seattle looking for his mother in the 1930’s.



2 Responses to “20 Books Read During 9 Months of Pregnancy”

  1. Sara Louise October 17, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    I love posts like this because they give me loads to add to my ever-growing goodreads list! The Husband’s Secret is actually next up on my kindle once I finish Tara Road 🙂

    • Pardon My French October 17, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      Thanks Sara! I’ll have to check out Tara Road. Reading The Light Between Two Oceans now and it’s pretty good.

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