Monday, February 5, 2018

Podcasts and Books of January

Woo hoo, January is over! I was not at all sad to see this month come to a close and I won't be sad when February is over either. Bring on March and the arrival of our baby/end of this pregnancy! I have no looks to share this month. I wore a lot of the same things over and over again!


Slow Burn: As I mentioned in my currently post, this is a podcast that I started listening to in January that I really enjoyed. It's about the Watergate scandal during the Nixon presidency. Man Nixon was a horrible person.


I was sick at the beginning of the month and then the pain of my blood clot set in around mid-month so I got a lot of reading done since I was couch-bound for much of this month. I read so many books (10 books) that I had to split them into 2 different photos!

The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon - 5 stars - This was an excellent book to read in preparation for labor. It was written in an easy-to-understand non-judgmental manner as the author covers all sorts of births from natural to epidural to c-sections.

The Science of Mom by Alice Callahan - 4 stars - This was a great book about many of the decisions you will make in the first year of your child's life. It covers things like the vitamin K injection at birth to vaccinations to when to introduce food and what to introduce. She presents the science behind each decision but does so in a really entertaining and engaging way.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney - 3 stars - This was a book of the month club selection from earlier this year. It started off slow but I am glad I stuck with it as I ended up enjoying it. It's about a woman in her 90s who takes a walk on New Years Eve and reminisces about her life.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks - 4 stars - This was a good page turner/suspense novel. I don't want to say much about the book as I think it's best to go in without knowing much about the plot line!

The Windfall by Diksha Basu - 2 stars - This is another book of the month club selection. This one fell flat for me, though. It's about a poor couple in India that comes into a large sum of money when the husband sells a website he developed. They go from rags to riches and the husband really lets the wealth go to his head and change who he is. I think this was supposed to be cute/funny but it didn't work for me.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann - 4 stars - This was Amazon's pick for non-fiction book of the year in 2017 and I can see why. It's a narrative non-fiction book about a series of murders that happened to the Osage tribe in Oklahoma. It's crazy that this is a true story because it reads like a fiction. I can't believe how many murders happened (in pursuit of the money left behind by those being killed - this tribe Indians lived on an oil field.)

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams - 3 stars - I bought this on my kindle over a year ago and finally got around to reading it. It was an entertaining read, but infidelity is a prominent part of the story line and I always struggle to really love novels that feature that.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott - 3 stars - This was a really well-written literary fiction novel about a family living in Brooklyn. I can't remember the era - maybe it was the 1950s? At the start of the story, the husband commits suicide while his pregnant wife is out getting groceries and the story unfolds from there.

Bonfire by Kristen Ritter - 2 stars - This novel is about an environmental attorney that returns to her hometown to determine whether a plastics company has been dumping chemicals in the local reservoir that the local residents use as their water source. I liked it initially but then the story line became way too far-fetched and dramatic I kept reading because I wanted to know how it ended but it elicited a lot of eye rolls from me, hence the 2-star rating.

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen - 3 stars - I read this book as a palette cleanser after a series of heavier books. It's a light read that follows various people in a community in North Carolina over the course of a summer. The point of view changes so you get to see what is happening in their different, interconnected lives.

How was your January? Were you glad to see it go like I was??


katielookingforward said...

My arizona trip was definitely the highlight of the month, but overall i'm happy to be moving into february.

Nora said...

I think January sucked big time. February isn't fairing much better for some of my friends so hopefully it continues to get better.

I didn't know a Vitamin K injection at birth is a thing - first time I've heard of it so now I need to google it to find out what it is/why it is.

I read just four books last month. Hoping to finish my first book of this month tonight or tomorrow.

San said...

You made it through a lot of books... but I understand that it was partly due to the fact that you couldn't really do anything else ;) (although in this case, reading isn't the worst way to spend your time!

Jeanie said...

Something tells me that as much as you love reading, you'd rather not be spending your time HAVING to do that this month. But I really admire the diversity and selection you have here. I don't think I'll be reading the "mom" books, but some of the others looks really interesting.

Gracie said...

The Science of Mom sounds really interesting, and I'm not even a mom! Just a good idea for a book to help guide overwhelmed mothers.

Lauren said...

Wow, you got a lot of reading done for sure! That's awesome though. I haven't read any of these yet so I appreciate your thoughts.

I'm SO glad that January is over with. It just felt way too long.


Jenny said...

I'm always impressed with your reading, I'm just sorry about the circumstances that meant it was a little more enforced :( I was thinking about reading the Krysten Ritter book, but I won't be in any rush now.

I had a good January and it has set me up for what I hope will be a good year. Happy February to you.

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

I want to read a few more baby preparation books before this little one comes, so I may check out those. There are so many small and large decisions to make with a newborn that it can be tough.

Stephany said...

That last episode of Slow Burn was insane. It really highlighted how terrible Nixon was and I really liked the host wrapping up all the factors that led to his resignation, although it just made me feel hopeless about Trump. Ugh.

I loved A Certain Age, but yes, it's a struggle if you hate the infidelity trope in novels. I don't typically hate that trope, but it was rather awful in this novel.

Amber said...

January always feels like the longest month ever! I was also glad to see it go. I really want to check out the Science of Mom book. I should try listening to the Slow Burn podcast, I'd like to listen to something other than mom podcasts every now and again!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

January went by so quickly, but I was glad to see it go, only because I hate winter. It has been a really cold winter, so I am beyond ready for spring.