Me Before You
This book really snares you with an engaging beginning, and even though you kind of know where it's headed all along BAM it hits you like a ton of bricks when they finally spell it out. Tough topics. Makes you think, I guess, but super depressing. UGH and I just saw last that there's a movie version coming out soon and it looks really good but DO NOT BE DUPED! This is a Stepmom situation all over again.
The Bell Jar
I had started this several years back, because Dave had a copy and I had a goal once upon a time to read all the books already in the house before purchasing any new ones (spoiler alert: didn't happen). It's skinny and seemed like an easy read and I desperately needed something to get my mind off of the depressing prior choice, so I picked it back up. Oy. Forgot what it was about (second spoiler alert: a not-so-subtle continuation of the downward spiral). If I didn't like Holden, I couldn't stand Esther. Pleased with my resolution commitment thus far, but not so much with my novel choices.
Bringing Up Bebe
First "self help" book of the year. I actually got this one before Graham was born (thanks Planinacs!) along with a few other parenting books, but it pertains more to toddlers / small children than infants, so I set it aside for G's first year. Lots of interesting tidbits in this one, from teaching patience to self-reliance to well-rounded eating habits. Encouraged us to give Graham salmon and stinky cheese to try and he LOVED it!
The Wizard of Oz
Dave's grandpa likes to send books to G (and us) all the time. He has sent several full sets as well, ranging from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes to a lovely 12 volume boxed set of all the original Wizard of Oz tales. Though I love the movie, I've never actually read any of the Oz books, so I was very excited to start delving into this anthology. The old, familiar characters provide comfort while there are plenty of new creatures to get to know.