My Favorite Books of 2013!

Since I joined From Left to Write I had the opportunity and push to read many more books than I did in 2012. Reading is something that I have loved since I was a kid. I used to go through a book a week when I was in school, I loved getting lost in the stories and worlds that books offered. I also loved reading true stories or books about real life events.

I picked my favorite 5 books that I read in 2013. In no particular order, disclaimer all links are amazon affiliate links.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey. I love Tina Fey, I have always loved her style of comedy, and this book is no different. I literally found myself reading late at night trying to stifle the sounds of my laughter because I didn’t want to wake Nick.

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Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. I wrote about this book and my thoughts on what makes you a parent. While my feelings on that haven’t changed, I really truly believe this is a captivating book that everyone should read.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which being made into a movie (and I love love the casting). This is one of those books you either love or hate. I loved it, it sucked me in and I read it in about 3 nights. I love suspense filled books, I also that Gillian Flynn’s writing was wonderful, I need to read her other books!

Reasons Mommy Drinks

Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson. I reviewed this book as well, but I think it is one of those books every new mom should read (even if you don’t drink). I think that sometimes we get caught up in the perception of being the perfect mom or our kid being in the same place as other people’s children that we forget we have children and they are all different and unpredictable. This book (and their blog) puts all of that back into perspective. Also, I laughed, a lot.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is my fifth book. I actually put off reading this for a long time. I knew that it was going to be a sad book and I just wasn’t sure I was ready for it. The thing is even though it was sad, the storytelling was incredibly beautiful. Again, I couldn’t put this book down. I am actually really looking forward to this movie, I can’t wait to see how they put the book into a movie.

What were your favorite books of 2013?

Reasons Mommy Drinks

I received this book to review through my relationship with From Left to Write.

We know that I love the Mom humor. I like to be on the side of there is something funny (eventually) in most frustrating parenting situations.

When I was pregnant all I could find was picture perfect stories about pregnancy and technical stories, boring. Then I found this book: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. It was full of satirical humor and sarcasm and posting the honest truth about what happens when you are pregnant.

I was recently given the chance to read and review Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson.

Reasons Mommy Drinks

This book is very similar to the pregnancy book. It has an anecdote for every stage in motherhood, starting with pregnancy and your baby shower and moves into stages like baby wearing, mom groups, and dealing with visitors. Along with every passage there is a drink to go along with it. For the pregnancy bits there are non-alcoholic drink, but we quickly move into the alcoholic ones.

One of my favorites? Nap Thyme. First of all the anecdote of how you have to get ALL THE THINGS done during nap time, spot on. The drink is also creative, and something I need to try, and soon. Since B has been on a nap strike for a month.

Nap Thyme

Ingredients

Lemon Juice
Sugar
1 ounce gin
3 ounces club soda
Sprig of fresh thyme

Instructions

Rim a glass with lemon juice and then sugar. Fill the glass with ice, pour in the gin, club soda, a splash of lemon juice, and sugar to taste. Stir gently. Garnish with thyme.

While I was reading this book, I was practically nodding along with every single story, saying to myself, that’s exactly how I felt! This book would make a great gift for any mom-to-be, new mom, or even if you’ve been a mom for a while, and since we don’t always have a ton of time to sit down and read, it is a book that is easy to put down and pick back up, and reads very quickly.

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What is the one moment in parenthood where you look back and laugh, but at the time you were a mess?

For me? It was the time that B hid all his toys and then got very upset that he couldn’t find them. We both practically had a meltdown, and then I found them in our wine rack. One for you, one for me, thanks kid.

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