Recently I'm fascinated with books on Motherhood that aren't manuals (i.e. What To Expect The First Year). I've loved reading about how other cultures do Motherhood (you've read my thoughts from Bringing Up Bebe) and I love reading authors who admit they don't love all aspects of the gig (i.e. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches was a breath of fresh air and super encouraging!) Then there's books that simply jump out because their content is so.darn.interesting. Think adoption :)
Some books on my to-read list as a result are:
- Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
>> This book looks really practical for us since we aren't planning to adopt an infant.
>> I've read books about adoption in general as well as the parallels of the Spiritual adoption that a Christian experiences when welcomed into God's family as His beloved son or daughter, but never something quite so hands-on.
>> It appears to take a non-sugar coated look at the trials of adopting a toddler and what to prepare for.
- A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life by Prof. Neil Gilbert
>> this stands out to me because it addresses my city-dwelling peers on the recent rise of childlessness and fights the idea that women must work to get ahead at all costs.
>>I've read a review on it and it may not line up 100% with my convictions, but I think it would be worth reading and highly engaging.
>>I'm also excited to see how Gilbert views the issues on an international scale. Maybe Canada makes his list!
- The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter
>> this book seems like it will be highly controversial and it supports a feminist agenda that I don't buy into, however I find my experience as a mom has led me to encounter these issues in part so I may find myself more represented than I think.
>>Primarily I'm thinking about how taboo and near-demonized epidurals and formula were to me as a first time pregnant mom and the guilt that followed when both became a reality for me.
- French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can, Too) by Karen le Billon
>> French parenting is so hip right now! This book may be riding on the coattails of Bringing Up Bebe, but I don't care - I can't wait to read it.
>>This is the only book on my list that is for sure since my girlfriend Sheila already owns it and offered to lend it to me.
>> While I doubt any book will suddenly cure my toddler's pickyness (and she was the one who first ate Indian Butter Chicken and loved it!), I'm willing to read a book on the matter and get my hopes up :)
ps - on my ebook to-read list:
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Whats on your reading list?