April Wrap-Up

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In April I read: 4 books: One e-book (‘The Post-birthday World’), two audio books (The Bell Jar and ‘North and South’), and one physical book (‘Mariana’).

Best read: That would be Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But it was a reread so it doesn’t really count. So the best read will be ‘Mariana’ by Monica Dickens. which proved to be an adorable little surprise.

Most disappointing read: ‘The Post-birthday World’ – a good idea poorly conducted.

Longest book ‘North and South’ (531 pages / 20 hrs 8 mins)

Books bought: Zero – I’d rather spend my limited me-time reading than buying books.

Reading challenge status: I’m 9 books ahead of schedule! Those long walks with the pram are brilliant ūüėÄ

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Did you read any good books in April?

March Wrap-Up

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Books and Baby

Books and Baby

The sunny days have changed my maternity leave drastically. It’s much more pleasant going for long walks with Edith. And she has started taking naps outside in her pram, which is brilliant! She gets fresh air and I get a short break. We’re going to the cinema every Wednesday and take a baby yoga class every Thursday. That being said, I’ve started to miss work. The days are long, and I get bored now and then. Edith’s naps have been very short lately (about 25 minutes) so it’s difficult to get something done, like reading, blogging and knitting – as soon as I get started, she wakes up. And eating takes so much time! I sometimes wish I could just pop a pill instead of actually eating, just to save time ūüėÄ But I really shouldn’t complain – Edith is a good girl, and she lets me get my beauty sleep.

In March I read: 3 books: 2 physical books (Hvor Intet Bryder Vinden and ‘An English Boy in New York’) and 1 audio (‘A Little Life’).

Best read: Definitely ‘A Little Life’ by Haya Yanagihara. The characters feel like old friends I will miss after saying goodbye.

Most disappointing read: That would be ‘An English Boy in New York’. Though it wasn’t bad, it didn’t live up to Boys Don’t Knit (in public) and was totally unnecessary.

Longest book: ‘A Little Life’ with its 720 pages (or 32 hours and 51 minutes if you listen to the audio)

Books bought: 0! I’ve been a good bookworm this month! (Yes, there are books on the way in the post, but that doesn’t count as I haven’t received them yet)

Next month I’ll read: In April, I’ll listen to ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell with The Victorians! on Goodreads. And then I’ll continue ‘The Post Birthday World’ on e-book and my reread of ‘The Bell Jar’ on audio with Mr. Boyfriend.

Next month I’ll buy: I really shouldn’t buy anything as I’m still short on shelf-space …

How was your March? Did you read any good books? And what do you have planned for April?

February Wrap-Up

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baby and books

Is it just me or is Edith getting more and more adorable by each month? She’s developed from a little piece of screaming meat to the most charming and easy-going baby. She still doesn’t like to sleep during the day, but she often sleeps all night through. We’ve started to take her out a bit. We’ve been to birthday parties, at the cinema, to baby-yoga, and out for brunch – and she’s been on her best behaviour (we’re going to the cinema again today – I hope I didn’t just jinx it!). I’ve been out a few times on my own as well. My workplace celebrated its 20 year anniversary and had a big party, which I was dying to attend. And I did! I put on makeup and a pretty dress, I had a nice dinner where I could use both hands, I had a few sips of wine, some virgin cocktails, and I danced and danced and danced. When I got home, Edith greeted me with a huge smile, and my heart melted a bit.

Bonus: she still allows me to read!

In February I read: 4 books: one e-book (The Understudy), one paperback (‘Washington Square’) and two audio books (The Age of Innocence and ‘The Shadow of the Wind’).

Best read: Definitely my reread of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I listened to the audio with Mr. Boyfriend so he would know a bit about the novel that inspired Edith’s name.

Most disappointing read: The Shadow of the Wind. I started it a couple of years ago, but put it down. Afterwards, I’ve been reading so many positive reviews that I decided to give it another chance. Unfortunately it didn’t rock my world at all.

Books bought: Zero – but I still got 6 new books.

In March I’ll read: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life on audio and The Post-birthday World by Lionel Shriver on my kindle app. As a “real physical book”, I’m just about to finish the Danish novel Hvor intet bryder vinden by Leonora Christina Skov. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up afterwards – we’ll see what I’m in the mood for.

In March I’ll buy: The plan is to not buy any books this month – or until there’s space available in my to-read shelf. I’ve got three shelves dedicated to TBR, and currently books are stacked next to it waiting for free space.

Reading challenge status: I’ve read 10 of 25 books, which means I’m 6 books ahead of my schedule.

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How was your February? Did you read any good books?

January Wrap-up

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January was the month when things started to fall into place. Throughout December, Edith had suffered from a bit of colic, which was heartbreaking, but at the beginning of January, it suddenly stopped. It’s a relief she’s not in pain anymore and she’s a much happier baby. Around the same time, she started smiling and make much more eye contact, and we’ve settled in a very good routine with small things to look forward to every day. Like the two hour walk we take almost every day, where she gets a good nap and fresh air, and I get exercise and listen to an audio book. And the hot chocolate Mr. Boyfriend prepares for me when we get home. And after dinner, when she’s usually awake and just likes hanging out with us while we’re binging Netflix (we’re currently watching Modern Family). I think it’s safe to say that my baby blues is as good as gone! It’s a quite unique experience to follow a little individual discovering the world and her own capabilities. And she still allows me to read books and blog! I must remember to thank her some day …

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In January I read: 6 books (2 physical books, 2 e-books and 2 audios). That’s a lot more than I thought possible. The 2 e-books were read while breastfeeding or when Edith decided that my arms are the only place to nap, and the audios are from our many many walks. The 2 physical books were precious me-time ūüôā

Best read: My reread of the always amazing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Best idea ever – it helped me through my baby blues.

Most disappointing read: Ink and Bone – great potential gone to complete waste.

Books bought: 2 books by Sarah Waters – I’m really looking forward to reading those!

Blog posts: 12 – which is quite a lot for me! I think I’ve got better at prioritizing my time after Edith came into my life. When she’s asleep, I know that if I’m lucky I’ll have 40-50 minutes until she awakes, so I won’t waste it on facebook etc. I use it to read, knit or blog – without spending too much time thinking over what I want to do. And some days, like today, I decide to skip showering and blog instead.

In February I’ll read: Washington Square by Henry James as a group read on Goodreads. I’ve already started it, and it seems very promising. And I’ve decided to give The Shadow of the Wind a second chance. I tried reading it about 3 years ago, but didn’t like it. It has some amazing reviews, so I’ve always felt that I should try again.

In February I’ll buy: 0 books – my birthday is coming up, so I’m working on a wish list and hoping for some little square packages ūüėČ

Reading challenge status: I’ve read 6 of 25 books, which means that I’m now 4 books ahead of schedule!

Goodreads reading challenge

What did you read in January? And what do you have planned for February?

December Wrap-up

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December took me by complete surprise. Edith arrived on 21 November, and before I knew what had hit me, December arrived. And I hardly noticed. Becoming a mom was is hard. No sleep and hormones going crazy is no picnic. I had expected to disappear into a little bubble of happiness once the baby arrived. That didn’t happen. I felt confused, scared and sad. And guilty for feeling all those things. For the first two weeks I cried almost every day, not knowing why I was so sad.

By the third week, things started to get better. I realized that, as much as I love Edith, I’m not one of those mothers who can disappear into a baby bubble. I presumed that reading, blogging and knitting would seize to be important for a while. But as it turns out, I don’t really function without a little dose of quality me-time. I was lucky to be able to find some time to read while taking care of Edith in December, and I hope it’ll continue this way. Reading really makes me happy!

In December I finished: 2 books, which is 2 more than I thought I would, and I thereby surpassed my reading goal for 2015. I finished one audio book, The Golem and the Jinni, which was brilliant, and one paperback, Last Night in Montreal, which was so-so.

Other books that kept me company: I started reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveler’s Wife) on my phone. We got off on the wrong foot, as it’s a bit of a depressing read, which didn’t mix well with my baby blues, so I’m at a bit of a stand still with this one.
I decided I needed to read something that made me feel all warm and fuzzy, so I dived right into Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was just what the doctor ordered! A nice and easy reread of an old favorite. Revisiting Hogwartz felt like coming home at a time when my own life felt so chaotic.
Mr. Boyfriend and I also managed to squeeze in a bit of joint audio book listening in December. We’re currently listening to Edith Wharton’s The age of Innocence. It’s one of my favorite novels, and my baby girl is named after Wharton and her character Ellen Olenska (she’s named Edith Olenska). Now Mr. Boyfriend gets a chance to get to know this character who inspired our daughter’s name. I was a bit nervous he wouldn’t like it, but now we’re about halfway through and he likes it a lot!

New books in December: I only got two new books in December: one I bought for a joint read on Goodreads, and one was a Christmas present. But I also got a gift certificate, so January will have more new books to show for.

What did you read in December?
PS: there’s been some problems posting comments for the past couple of weeks, but they have been fixed now ūüėČ

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