Daily Archives: June 7, 2009

Book shots: reading upside-down

My daughter at age 7.  Luckily she didn't read very fast yet, as turning pages was troublesome.

My daughter at age 7. Luckily she didn't read very fast yet, as turning pages was troublesome.


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Books I can relate to– stay at home moms

books selectedMost of the time when I read, I like to read about people and places that are different than what I know. Sure, it is nice when there is something I can relate to, but the newness of the situation is the biggest appeal.

Sometimes, I want a book that I can hook into in a specific way– that has a situation I recognize.

I go through this with many different situations– books that are set in locations I recognize. Books set in the high tech world. Books about book clubs. I’ll save those for another set of posts, if this one is successful.

I like reading books about stay at home moms. I don’t run into many of them (I haven’t read any since I started this blog!). A few that I’ve read:

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

A group of moms struggle with their lives after 10 years as stay at home moms. I liked this one better than most people did. The main character’s struggle for identity resonated with me, and I liked the group of characters, even if they were often whiny.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

A group of women in the 50s form a book club/support group, and keep going for many years, through many changes. It’s been almost 5 years since I read this one, but I remember enjoying it. I wanted to live in a community as close-knit as this one. I loved the book club choices.

Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner

(And the other Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) A retired demon-hunter (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes (unwillingly) out of retirement because demons are threatening her community. She must keep this a secret from almost everyone in her current life. I really enjoyed the first books of this series. The most recent ones haven’t appealed as much, for reasons I won’t go into here. On the whole, I’m glad my life isn’t that exciting, but there are moments…

Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman

And the other Mommy-Track Mysteries. I found these relatively forgettable– I’m not even sure how many I read– but the do fit the niche I’m talking about here.

I’m looking forward to The Actor and the Housewife: A Novel by Shannon Hale. It looks like complete fantasy, but a fun complete fantasy.

I’m sure I’ve read others that I’m not thinking of, and that there are MANY more I haven’t read.

Any suggestions for books about Stay at Home moms? Ones that aren’t dreadful preferred :-), but I’m interested in all suggestions.

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