Happy May Book Review Day!
I took yesterday off to decompress from our busy weekend. On Friday night, we flew back to Cleveland. On Saturday, we had baby shower #1 with my in-laws and then baby shower #2 with my side of the family on Sunday. Then, we had our Maternity shoot on Monday. Woo. I am exhausted, but this baby is already so loved on.
You can find my bump-friendly dress HERE. I love this dress and will even wear it postpartum. I sized up one just in case, but I could have worn my normal pre-pregnancy size. The material is very stretchy and flattering.
If you missed my April Review:
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
After five years, Kenna is released from prison and returns to the town where everything went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. However, Kenna finds it extremely difficult to repair relationships after the tragic event that led to her prison sentence. Almost everyone involved in her daughter’s life is determined to keep her away. The only ally she may have is Ledger, the local bar owner, but that relationship comes with its own set of difficulties.
This book packs a punch. I was completely shocked by the evolution of my feelings throughout the story. The theme of second chances really struck a chord with me. This story has many sides and different ways of viewing each character. Who’s side would you be on?
As I read, I kept trying to guess how it would end. About halfway through, I was convinced I knew this story’s only direction and expected the ending to be dull. To my surprise, I found this story surprising and enjoyable. Don’t expect the usual butterflies and heart flutters that come with many Colleen Hoover books. This one felt very raw and gritty.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
Y’all this is a must read for the summer!
If you’re looking for a book that reminds you of first love, missed love, or summer love – this is it. It’s light and will give all the butterfly feelings. Seriously, it transported me back to the days of my youth. This is the story of a 13-year-old girl whose parents buy a lake house with the plan to spend each summer there to escape the city. Coincidentally, they move in next door to two brothers who are the same age and live there year round. As each summer passes, their friendship grows. The chapters flip back and forth following dual timelines. I flew through this book. This is written like a chick lit pro but I was shocked to learn that this is the authors debut novel. I’ve heard that if you like this story, you will enjoy “Love and Other Words” by Christina Lauren.
Moms on Call | Basic Baby Care 0-6 Months by Laura Hunter LPN and Jennifer Walker RN BSN
If you’re an expecting mom, read this book!
If you’re a first-time mom, read this book!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the newborn stage, read this book!
I have tried to read so many baby books over the past eight months, and this is the only one I finished and didn’t feel overwhelmed by. It was short but gave clear and concise advice. As the name implies, they cover all the basics you’ll need to learn, such as sleeping, eating, diapering, etc, when your baby is 0-6 months old. We will likely refer back to specific chapters once the baby is born. I love that two nurses wrote this book, and they both worked in pediatric care for years, so you know it can be trusted information. Many people may disagree with their approach to sleep training, but a safe way is possible for every baby. That was reassuring because that approach may be challenging but is not impossible. With all the controversy over sleep training, I did enjoy that they don’t make it sound like hard and fast rules. They said multiple times that if you don’t follow these steps exactly, the final result is possible but will take longer. Or if you don’t get it the first time, try again. As a first-time mom, I found this style of advice very helpful.