Post # 1
So I was thinking about things that I would like to put in my hospital bag to keep me entertained. Since I love to read, it’s a no brainer that I should bring a book, specifically a non-baby / non-pregnancy book.
I have a ton of books so there is a chance, I may already have the book.
What are some of your latest favorite reads?
Post # 3
Drowning Ruth, it was amazing!!!!! By far, one of my faves!
I am just started Little Face, and its good, and I hear that Wrong Mother is amazing too. Both of those are by Sophie Hannah.
Post # 4
I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love (for the second time) by Elizabeth Gilbert. I highly recommend it!
Post # 5
If you are a runner, Born to Run was a quick, easy, inspirational read. I also love Kitchen Table Wisdom by Naomi Remen.
Post # 6
The girl with the dragon tattoo books….could not put any of them down!!
Post # 7
All time favorites: Time Traveler’s Wife, any David Sedaris book but especially Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Post # 8
The Time Traveler’s Wife was pretty depressing…I don’t know that I’d want to read that in labor. There are a lot of good books that are kind of depressing, you may want to skip bringing those, you’ll already be pretty emotional. I’d stay with more upbeat/humorous books.
Are you sure you’re going to be able to read? I don’t mean to be a debbie downer, but I’m wondering how realistic it is that you will be reading once you get to the hospital. Once you arrive you’re going to be in active labor, and after the baby is born you’ll be exhausted! You may have very little time to put into a book, so maybe something shorter?
Post # 9
i’m a big fan on classics–i’m constantly rereading pride & prejudice, persuasion, little women, jane eyre…i’m currently rereading anne of green gables, which i hadn’t read since i was a kid and am really enjoying. if you like fantasy, the wheel of time series is amazing. for humor, i’d suggest the princess bride or good omens. i’d bring a few so you have choices based on your mood.
Post # 10
I’m with Mighty Sapphire. I’m a reader too, and I have never been able to concentrate on reading during my hospital stays. Mostly bc my family was constantly coming and going (there’s no telling them to go away), or the hospital staff comes in for this or that. I would probably bring a book that you love and that you’d like to re-read, so that way you’re not too frustrated if you’re not able to sink into it. I usually carry a collection of short stories in my bag, so that’s probably what I’ll bring, but our hospital is about three minutes from our house, so I can always send my husband home for something if I want or if I decide I want DVDs. Actually, now that I think about it, I’ll probably do DVDs of shows that I know I love watching. And that way husband will have something to do as well, without bugging me with too much chit-chat.
Post # 11
I really enjoyed Patient Zero and The Dragon FActory. They were really tough to put down. But they’re sort of biology/military thrillers where these evil people try to release creatures that they’ve made via gene therapy and splicing out into the world to further their cause (ie a jihad or just cuz they’re evil scientists) and these top secret military folks go bust a cap on them. You have to like that sort of dramatic stuff. Like Fringe or 24 style.
Post # 12
I second Born to Run. I just finished reading it on vacation and I’m ready to run out and buy those Five Finger shoes. Also, I just read the Red Tent recently and that was one of those books I just didn’t want to put down. It’s definitely related to motherhood and pregnancy, but not in the textbook-y sort of way.
Post # 13
@Mighty & Miss Starlet – Definitely understand where you are coming from but having been there when my sister was at the hospital for hours (24+ hours), it was super boring, even for her. And since I will not know until then how my labor will be I just want to have something there as a just in case. (i’m a JIC kind of person, lol) I’d rather read then watch the 5 channels they provide on the tv, especially since reading can sometimes be my natural sleeping pill 🙂
Thanks for all the suggestions ladies!