Believe it or not, I finally have some time to read again. Not reading students’ papers for work, not reading text books for grad classes, not reading my grad papers for editing, but reading for pleasure. 🙂 I still have to make an active choice to do it but I am so happy that I reading for pleasure is an option again (TV, Facebook, and other idle activities are just so distracting)! I find that I read more slowly now because I don’t usually have long, uninterrupted segments of time to focus. For example, I used to be able to check out 3 or 4 books at a time from the library and finish them all by the time they were due. I can barely finish one in the allotted time now! Ahh, motherhood.
My favorite genres are historical fiction, science fiction, and non-fiction – about history or science. I’m sensing a pattern here. My newest favorite genre is, of course, parenting. I also love reading my friends’ blogs and the other blogs I follow (see the links in column on the right hand side of this page).
Books That Made the Cut in 2011:
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting: A pregnancy standard that I loved.
- The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy: A pregnancy non-standard that made me laugh!
- The Happiest Baby on the Block: Great for new parents of any newborn, colic-y or not (we thought Bug had colic at one point). Thank you Mom for buying this for us. 🙂
- Microcosm – E. Coli and the New Science of Life: Just finished this one. It’s all about E. coli, its genetics, how it works as a living organism, its evolution, and how it has been studied and used in the past, present and future. The genetics part was a difficult section to read but still worth muddling through for the small part I did understand.
- Parenting and Parents: Not books but both very sound magazines that I read monthly.
- What to Expect – The First Year: An ongoing, monthly read. I read about each month of development as Bug gets there, and read ahead to the following month too to get an idea of… what to expect. Tee hee!
- The Clockwork Universe – Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, & the Birth of the Modern World: Just started this one and am loving it. It sets up the background by discussing the Black Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the theology of the time. And that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.
- E-Reads: I want to use my mom’s Kindle to take out library books instead of going to the actual library. They just got the capability to do so!
- The Left Behind series: I started reading this series a long time ago when it first came out but never finished it. It’s a fictional account of the final days and Armageddon, based on the Book of Revelation from the Bible.