I am a book reader.
An as many books as I can afford/find time for/lay my hands on type of book reader.
But I am also quite picky.
For example (and I know this will shock and horrify some people out there), I hate Shakespeare.
Hate. Despise. Abhor.
And because I read for pleasure and enjoyment, I refuse to allow people to come in and stomp on things I love and make me hate them.
SO I only read books I like.
If required to read books I don't like for class... I skim them.
If I open them at all (or even buy them.)
(I hope my professors don't read this blog...)
But usually I like books assigned to me.
Except Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the boring, confusing like.
But being pregnant has opened a whole new genre of books to me. It is a genre I love.
Obviously there's nothing like getting in there and getting your hands dirty and learning.
But I love reading about other's trials and errors, and more importantly successes, (and I've got time now to read, soon enough it will be Dr. Seuss only...)
It was one thing to read Little House on the Prairie. Which (except for actual scripture) is my child-raising scripture.
(Okay, so maybe we won't have rules like "children should be seen and not heard," but pretty much everything else Ma and Pa Ingalls do I will try to do. They are so wise.)
But I've recently finished reading the highly recommended "When you're expecting twins, triplets or quads," which I LOVED. Admittedly, it was mostly about being pregnant with multiples, but I found the few chapters about caring for your new babies to be a really good resource.
So, here are the books I am currently wish listing (all of which, apparently, are very controversial):
Becoming Baby wise:
50 dangerous things you should let your children do:
Free Range Kids:
1,000 Days of Wonder:
And one more, similar to Baby Wise (but which isn't controversial), Healthy sleep habits, happy child:
And here is a book I hate: What to expect when you're expecting.
If you are pregnant and have a computer, do not buy this garbage. Just go to BabyCenter.com and read about things yourself.
It's more informative, less terrifying, and unless you smoke, drink, are 40 and pregnant with one baby after several miscarriages and still don't know anything about pregnancy - I bet most of the stuff in What to Expect doesn't even apply to you.
Seriously, what a waste of money.