Sunday, December 6, 2015
Books 18-19 of 2015
I've been really busy with my reading this past month. I've really enjoyed going to bed early and cuddling up with my flannel sheets and a good book. I flew through the 400-odd pages in Nicholas Sparks', The Longest Ride last month. I watched the movie with hubby earlier this fall and we both (yes both!) really enjoyed the storylines in the movie. I quickly added this book to my Christmas wish list. However, I found the book at Goodwill for $2 and gladly picked it up. The book and the movie were slightly different, but I enjoyed them both equally. They both followed the love story of a young couple on a ranch, experiencing early love and struggles during their relationship. They both also follow an older couple that experience a lifetime of happiness and challenges during their marriage. The book drew my right in ad I read chapter after chapter by the light on my beside table.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
When I was browsing the aisles of Barnes and Noble for Christmas gifts, I came across Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern. I also wanted to add this one to my Christmas wish list, but found that this new novel was available at my local public library. And, it didn't have a long wait list. A week later, the book arrived. After I finished The Longest Ride, I started flipping through the pages of Maternity Leave and laughed hysterically with each page. It was so funny and I related to her experiences so much, regarding child-bearing, childbirth and post-partum experiences while on maternity leave. The book reminded me of some experiences from my time with Little Diva and Little Dude as infants, that I forgot I will experiencing all over again in a couple of weeks. I had to recite several of the paragraphs aloud to hubby, because I found them so hilarious. I loved that instead of chapters, this book divided each section into day-by-date occurrences with each day of the infant's new life with his mother. I also loved her random, hysterical Facebook statuses scattered throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book to any mother, expecting mother, or new mother. You will relate to the experience and feelings so much and I loved how she said things that I may have thought, but wouldn't dare vocalize or share with anyone.
Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern