Remember when I announced my pregnancyand I also told you my blog would be evolving? Here’s an example of a post that I wouldn’t have normally thought fit into my theme, but as my blogs grows and changes, the theme is expanding.
Motherhood, especially when your children are very young, is a time when a woman can be stripped of her identity. Before Meghan was born, I was a passionate teacher who loved her job. I was also a wife, but definitely felt that I had my own unique place outside of my role as wife.
When I became a mom, things changed. Suddenly, I was staying home with my child and my role shifted. My entire day revolved around my baby–feeding her, helping her get the sleep she needed, and keeping her calm and happy. The rest of my energy (because there was soooo much left) went to being the best wife and home manager I could be.
While I absolutely love my role and feel blessed that I am able to stay home with Meghan and my new Baby Bean, I think it’s important for a mom to remember to do things for herself. I need an identity outside of my role as wife and mother, although those are my most important and most cherished roles.
This blog helps me have something that is mine, something I can work on and be creative with. Another thing that I do for myself is read. I’ve always loved to read, and I think it’s easy for moms to forget to do the things they love when their lives transform into the busyness that is motherhood. I may have had to set a goal to read the number of books I wanted to this year, but at least I’m still doing something for just me.
This winter I was all about reading non-fiction, so my summer reads have all been escape-into-the-book fiction. Here’s a look at the books I’ve read so far:
The Hunger Games
This is the first book from Suzanne Collin’s trilogy. Although it is geared towards young adult readers, I can see anyone from teenagers to grandmothers enjoying this book. From the first few pages, I was hooked. Set in the future, after the demise of the United States, the world is a different place. With twelve districts controlled by a capital, it’s a world where the government hosts a “game” every year and one young person from each district is forced into an arena and fight until there is only one man standing while every citizen is mandated to watch on live television. It’s a riveting, action-packed novel that’s well-written and fast-paced. Don’t start this series until you know you have some time to read, because you won’t want to put it down!
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
I literally had to run out and buy this book the day I finished Hunger Games. I couldn’t wait to read it and it didn’t disappoint. It may have been more riveting because you already know the characters, you are already invested. The main character, Katniss, has set the districts on fire with her so-called rebellious ways, and the capital doesn’t like it. when the capital doesn’t like something, it tends to destroy it. This is another fast-paced, you-can’t-put-it-down novel.
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
The only thing disappointing about this book was that it was the last in the series, and it was a series I didn’t want to end. Collins continues to develop the characters and you can’t help but care deeply about them. I’m telling you, read this trilogy.
Room: A Novel
This is the first book I’ve read by Emma Donoghue, and I was impressed. Imagine being born into a small room, and that is your entire world. You know you mother and you know the few possessions you have, and that is all. You have a television, but your mother has explained the people and images you see there are make-believe, not part of a real world that actually exists. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old child with such a life. Donoghue nails it. As someone who studied childhood development in college, this story made me think. As someone who just loves to read, this story drew me in and swallowed me. Highly recommend.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
A tale of two friends that is weaved throughout three decades, Firefly Lane has me hooked. I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy hormones or the book alone, but I’ve been on the verge of tears several times reading this book. I am about half way through what is proving to be a powerful story about friendship to which any woman can relate. If you love friendship stories in the fashion of Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, you will love this book.
These are the books I’ve been getting lost in this summer. I hope you are finding time to do the things you love this summer, too.
Have you read any great books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations!