When I started this blog, I liked the phrase "Book Self" (which many still mistakenly read as bookshelf) because I feel that the books a person reads can sometimes give a snapshot peek at revealing their personality or occasionally their life circumstances. Since I don't often post a lot of personal information about myself on this blog, I thought it might be fun to post about a few books I've been reading lately, which do reveal quite a bit about me.

The first is a book I received for Christmas.  It's not a cover-to-cover reading but rather a reference one that's better digested in portions according to applicable information in it.  This is the latest edition of it, but I know it's been around for a long time and came highly recommended.  

What to Expect When You're Expecting

The next was given to me by a coworker.  It had been sitting on her shelf and she figured it would come in handy more as a resource to me than collecting dust at her house.
The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know from America's Baby Experts

The third was a gift from a sweet friend in my Bible study group.  It's not as factually heavy as the other two and takes a lighthearted and Christian perspective with a great emphasis on both humor and prayer - two things I always try to incorporate plenty of in my life!
The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy

And finally, this one may be my favorite for it's sheer level of hilarity and absurdity and was also a gift from friends. My husband and I began reading the opening chapters together and our reading was often interrupted by laughter breaks. 
Let's Panic About Babies! How to Endure and Possibly Triumph over the Adorable Tyrant who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain, and Finally Turn You Into A Worthwhile Human Being

As with every BIG step in life - whether it's graduation, new job, new home, new relationship - it's great to have good books to with you.  I've been bouncing between these titles pretty often in the past few months (which explains some of my recent blog-neglect) so I don't have reviews of any of them yet, but I look forward to sharing my thoughts on them in the future.  If anyone has a great or not-so-great experience with any of these titles, I'd love to hear your opinions.  Or, if there's a book I haven't listed that you consider a MUST read on the subject, I'd love that advice as well!

And to answer the first two obvious questions: 
End of July; No, I'm not finding out!

12 Response to "Interlude"

  1. Angiegirl says:
    March 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Oh, congratulations! What wonderful news.

  2. Unknown says:
    March 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Ooh, how exciting! Congratulations, Lisa. Wishing you lots of joy and happiness when the baby comes along in July.

  3. M. or W.W. says:
    March 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I love that you added the final two comments. Haha. Perfect. Already sick of those two questions?? :)
    Here's a book I recommend. I know, I know....I'm not a mom yet/have never been pregnant/etc., BUT I have been a nanny for almost 8 years now and have found this book to be one of the most important out of all of them. It's called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and is by Marc Weissbluth. In my opinion, a child's sleep habits and patterns and routine affect EVERYTHING.
    Just thought you might like to check it out. :)
    And congratulations, again!

  4. Ellen aka Ellie says:
    March 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    End of July! July is my favorite month! ;)

  5. Sam (Tiny Library) says:
    March 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Congratulations!! What an exciting time :)

  6. Beth D. says:
    March 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    OMG! That baby is shooting lasers out of its eyes! Its baby Cyclops from X-men!!! That is the best baby cover ever!! Okay fan girl stuff aside, super congratz!!

    Beth ^_^

  7. Sarah says:
    March 16, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Wow that baby in the bottom book is terrifying. But CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting :-)

  8. Anonymous Says:
    March 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I read What to Expect as well (who didn't?) when I was preggers.

  9. lisa :) says:
    March 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Thanks everyone! It's definitely an exciting journey. :)

    Grant - Thanks for the note about Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I've heard that book recommended by others as well!

    And yes the cover of Let's Panic About Babies is equal parts disturbing and hilarious... but that's pretty much a good summary of the book so far too!

  10. carol says:
    March 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM


    Looks like some great books. I found What to Expect very helpful and the first year one too, but that was over 12 years ago. It's probably even better now.

  11. Lesa says:
    March 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Wow! Congrats! What lovely news! I can't believe you kept it a secret this long. I so wish I had been blogging when I was pg-- makes me want to be pg again just so I could blog about it. hahaha

    Keep us updated!

  12. Charlie Hendricks says:
    January 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Congrats! I'm a mother of two and had my first call to poison control the other day as my 4 year old bypassed the childproof locks and played doctor with the tooth whitening syringe. His younger brother now has very white teeth. Enjoy the adventure!

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