In honor of this most important holiday, I thought I'd share some of the books I've read in the last month or so :-) Since finishing my degree, I've really enjoyed reading for pleasure again!
Michal and Abigail - these are two of the three books in Jill Eileen Smith's series about the wives of King David. This genre - Biblical historical romance? - has been a favorite of mine lately. I'm totally aware that there is a LOT of creative license taken, but I like being able to relate to some of the women in the Bible, especially some that we don't know much about. The author takes the details we do know, and combines them with research about life in that area and period, and the results are pretty fun to read.
Wives of the Patriarchs Series (Sarai , Rebekah , Rachel ) - also by Jill Eileen Smith. These were also a lot of fun to read, even though these are stories we know better, and that have been covered by other fiction authors. It's interesting how often infertility is a part of these stories - sometimes because it's biblical, other times (like in the King David series) I'm pretty sure it's part of that creative license. :-)
Birth Partner Handbook: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Positive Birth Experience - Yes, this is very premature! But it feels like we're "doing something" when we're reading and preparing. I thought the description of the labor process was really informative, and a lot of the suggestions seemed pretty good, if a bit "hippy-dippy." But even those, I think can be adapted to suit us better... like using less cheesy trigger phrases. So many of the qualities the author says make a great birth partner, Ethan already has. I think arming ourselves with the information, and with his naturally nurturing and supportive character, we're going to do great :-)
I'm in the middle of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income right now, but I'm finding it a little dense, and I'm not sure how applicable it is to me. Do I really WANT to be a pro blogger as the authors describe them? Some of the later chapters look more applicable, so I'm hoping to love this book by the end ;-)
PS: All of the links above are my Amazon Affiliate links... if you click any of them, and buy anything during that session, I get a tiny bit of the total from Amazon, without costing you anything extra :-)