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Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
While decidedly anti hospital and pro home-birth, this book is very well written and researched and has a lot of evidence to back up its position. It ...more
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
I like the principles of the Bradley method, and this book does a decent job of explaining the basics, but I found many things off-putting. At times B ...more
Aug 14, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
Big, Beautiful, and Pregnant: Expert Advice and Comforting Wisdom for the Expecting Plus-Size Woman
I liked that this book reinforced the idea that yes, as an overweight women you are more prone to certain pregnancy complications, but that does not m ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
This is really two books in one: a primer on attachment parenting and an overview of how to car for your child from birth through age two. The Sears a ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Baby Play: 100 Fun-Filled Activities to Maximize Your Baby's Potential
I really liked this book. While not dissimilar to other baby play books out there, this one has several elements that make it really easy to use, whic ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
One of the most practical books I’ve come across about the actual birthing process. The author is, obviously, enthusiastic about active birth and upri ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Fahrenheit 451
I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Bradbury’s writing style here, but I love the message of the book and the truly tragic story of how book burning ca ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
Cute, but not particularly engrossing. May read the other books in the series when in the mood for something light.

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Jun 03, 2007
Apr 15, 2008
Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #17)
This book made me happy in a way that the past couple of Anita Blake books haven’t. It was meaty and there was a case to sink your teeth into, instead ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
This is more a list of ideas from which you construct a do-it-yourself plan than a formal sleep-training guide. Some of the ideas are common sense, bu ...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food
I cannot wait until my daughter is ready to start solid foods. I have high hopes for following the techniques in this book in a few months. While the ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
The Optimist's Daughter
There is much beauty in the book. Exactly what you would expect from a prime example of Southern gothic literature. Welty’s writing evokes a real sens ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth
This is exactly the birth book I have been looking for. No bias as to which method of pain-management is better, just straightforward, detailed inform ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
Easing Labor Pain: The Complete Guide to a More Comfortable and Rewarding Birth
A great book on pain management for labor and birth. It holds out no false hope for a pain-free labor, but instead outlines almost every pain-relievin ...more
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
The Other Queen (The Tudor Court, #7)
Not my favorite of Gregory’s Queen novels. With every other page being told from a different character’s point of view, it was hard to build up any so ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement
Aside from a few amusing anecdotes and some humorous character sketches, I wouldn’t really characterize this as a funny book. Nor is it a particularly ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Bad Monkeys
I really liked this book, up until the end. There were just a few too many ‘clever’ plot twists at the end that changed the story and main character i ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
The Judas Strain (Sigma Force, #4)
I like a good adventure novel every so often, so I figured this would be right up my alley. I was buying into the story until the very end, then it ju ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
A fairy tale in the classic sense: scary and creepy and dark and fun. I listened to the audio version several years ago, and reread the book because o ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Non-alarmist and focusing on commonsense good-health measures (get plenty of rest, eat lots of grains and fruits and vegetables, and exercise regularl ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 2
Much like the first collection of Guilty Pleasures comic books. The artwork still isn’t how I picture the characters in my head, but the adaptation is ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
All in all, a fun, escapist bit of YA literature. There’s nothing truly groundbreaking about the plot, the characterization can be a bit flat, and the ...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
The Graveyard Book
Not on par with Coraline. I liked this book and enjoyed the adventures of Bod, but it all felt just a bit disjointed to me. But still a good story wit ...more
May 09, 2009
May 25, 2009
Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum #14.5)
One of the better Stephanie Plum adventures in a while with some truly laugh-out-loud moments. And a nice bonus that it was a between-the-numbers nove ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #1-3)
Some bits of this were interesting. I enjoyed the multiple worlds that Pullman created and the daemons as animal expressions of the characters’ souls. ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)
As always, a good listen on a long trip. This was probably my least favorite in the series though – too heavy-handed on the environmentalist aspect.

Oct 31, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #16)
Typical post-Obsidian-Butterfly Anita Blake. The constant relationship talk and Anita’s squeamishness about her emotions and sex drag the book a bit – ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
Armageddon in Retrospect
From the powerful but understated letter that Vonnegut writes to his parents after his POW experiences in Germany to the strangely surreal “Armageddon ...more
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Frommer's Florence & Tuscany Day by Day
Fairly dry, compared to some other books in the Day by Day series, but packed with information. This book is set up perfectly for travelers spending a ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 20, 2008
The Thirteenth Tale
I needed something to read in my downtime on vacation so I picked this up randomly from the library and was pleasantly surprised. I am normally disapp ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
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