Just after my daughter was born in 2012, a friend told me in all honesty that it takes a full two years to feel like yourself again after a baby joins your family. Well, it’s been just over two years, and I feel that is true: I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, in many ways.
One way is, of course, reading. I feel like doing it again! It is hard to find time, but I finally feel the draw back to books at the end of a long day. I have watched a lot of television in the past months. It’s easier. But I am grateful that I finally feel like reading again.
Here is what I read in May. If I have reviewed it, I have included a link. Many books will be reviewed at a later time. I am excited to get back in to a regular schedule of reviewing.
Books other than picture books
- Comprehension Connections by Tanny MacGregor (adult nonfiction)
- Genre Connections by Tanny MacGregor (adult nonfiction)
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (children’s chapter book)
- The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (modernist fiction)
- Daisy’s Big Night by Sandra Feder (children’s chapter book)
- The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (classic children’s chapter book)
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (classic turn-of-the-century science fiction)
- Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher (children’s nonfiction)
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (children’s chapter book)
- Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse (children’s chapter book)
- The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (classic turn-of-the-century science fiction)
- Before the World Was Ready by Claire Eamer (children’s nonfiction)
- Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann (children’s longer picture book)
- Along Came a Dog by Meinert DeJong (children’s chapter book) June review to come
- 50 Body Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (children’s nonfiction) June review to come
- The Beast Within by Serena Valentino (children’s chapter book) July review to come
- A Timeline History of the Thirteen Colonies by Mary K. Pratt (children’s nonfiction) October review to come
Picture books reviewed (I’ve read many more than these!)
- Jumping Penguins by Marije Tolman
- Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg
- Rooting for You by Susan Hood
- Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood
- How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen
- There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book! by Benjamin Bird
- Big or Little? Board Book by Kathy Stinson
- Who Was Here?: Discovering Animal Tracks by Mia Posada
- Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes
- Some Bugs by Andrea DiTerlizzi
- Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World by Alex York Lumbard
- The Pullman Porter: An American Journey by Vanita Oelschlager
- A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton. Fascinating but long, so it is taking me a while.
- Mindful Discipline by Shapiro and White. What I need to read right now. A good parenting reminder.
- Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens. This is what got me into a reading slump last fall. I’m going to finish it, but not right now.
- One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. A Newbery Honor book.
- The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit. A fun book with lots of magic!
Wow, what a productive month! I love reading, and I’m so glad I’ve gotten back in to the swing of things! I really look forward to summer, where I’ll get lots more reading in.