Moderation in reading? Surely you jest.

I'm looking for a new app. A black hole app that allows me to disappear within the context of my day and read until my eyes burn. And I need a brain that doesn't function equally well as a sieve. I am grateful that Peaches is still nursing because that provides a little extra reading time. Brain sieve or no, I am fond of reading.

Everything on my reading list right now is enjoyable. I am going between the books in a happy, happy manic state. The worst is that I keep ordering more. Have you seen the Overdrive app that allows you to borrow library books on your digital device? It is both terrible and wonderful. I just finished a huge batch of paleo/celiac/real food books and several birthing books and rather than being satiated, my appetite has only increased. And the interlibrary loan program? It is a double-edged sword for those of us with these kinds of addictions.

The books below are currently holding my bookmarks. I highly recommend all of them and have placed them on my "to purchase" list. But I refuse to be held accountable for your unwashed dishes. Moderation, my friends! I suggest that you do not read more than six books at a time. But if you have a housekeeper, I see no impediments.

I especially recommend these non-fiction gems for those low-energy mamas out there who need to put their feet up sometimes but still want to keep their minds fit and awesome.

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

UPDATE June 29th: I loved this book. But let it be known that the author is a flaming pro-abort liberal. Former editor of Ms. Magazine, know what I'm saying? She is capable of writing a paragraph (and actually does) in which she argues for both the right of a mother to have a healthy baby and the right of a mother to kill her baby. Typical modern feminist confusion. Fortunately, this doesn't really come out until the last chapter on "Rights." Still well worth the read for the massive amount of information on what is going on in the modern birth room and why we need to be advocating for better care. 

Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers

UPDATE: Read this book. Now. It will be one of the most important parenting book you will ever read.

Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

UPDATE June 29th: Lovely, lovely, lovely. I credit Sheila Kippley with directing me through her other books to the beautiful, healthy, and satisfying mothering relationship I have with my babies. This book was no different. I recommend it to everyone. I did notice that she has modified her 7 rules for ecological breastfeeding a bit from earlier books to introduce table food earlier. I'm wondering if this was done on legal advice since there doesn't seem to be any strong evidence to back the change. 

Posted on June 24, 2014 .