Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #2

1. I finally finished Voyager! I've only been reading it since Christmas Eve. This is what happens when I decide to re-read a series with 1000+ page books, but don't want it to be the only thing I read for months. I could read a lot faster if I read Gabaldon exclusively, but it would also take forever until I could crack the spine of a book by another author, so I guess I can live with the snail-like pace -- sure to become even more snail-like in a few more weeks!

2. It figures that as soon as I signed up for a read-a-thon (because I was on such a reading roll...) that my reading pace would immediately slow down. Things were just too crazy with preparing for the baby shower and having family and friends stay with us. Not to mention starting to sort through, wash, and put together ALL THE BABY THINGS. There is some serious nesting going on over here. But I've regained a bit of my reading mojo this week and am going for a strong finish to March Madness -- I've so far read 7 books from that giant stack I posted, mainly the comic collections.

3. My best friend's mom and aunt got us the cutest bookcase for the baby's room which is now filled with all the books we got at the baby shower -- something tells me baby is going to need more bookcases, just like his Mommy :)

4. I knew my best friend had included a note in the invitation about helping to build baby's first "library," so I was really good about not buying any books for him myself. Yet. But now that the shower is over, it's my turn to pick out a few favorites to add to the collection and I'm super excited about it. The books I remember best from childhood are for when he's a bit older, but will that stop me from getting some of them now? No, probably not.

It's my turn to pick out books :)

5. I knew that diaper cakes were a popular baby shower thing, but what I failed to realize was just how many creative people there are amongst our friends and family who would make us these creations filled with baby goodies -- we got no less than five including this bookcase diaper cake:

And while the others are not bookish, I still have to share photos, because they are all seriously awesome -- it was painful to have to take them apart!

Diaper ATV

Diaper bike

Washcloth cupcake tower & lollipops

Onesie bouquet

6. When asked what kind of cake I wanted for the baby shower, most people would think I would pick a sheet cake flavor that could be iced and decorated. Nope. I requested crumb cake. I love my Grandma's recipe and she was quite amused by my request, but graciously agreed to make an extra large one for the party which was delicious, as always. These four other recipes are also amazingly good.

7. I am officially less than one month from my due date -- how is it that time seems to go so fast and so slow at the same time? I hear that does not change one bit after the baby is born though, so I guess I should get used to it!

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That's it for my (mostly) baby shower edition of Bookish and not so Bookish Thoughts -- what have you been up to this week?


  1. 1. Congrats on finishing Voyager!!! I am about to start Dragonfly in Amber. These books are good but take a lot of time and effort to read them. lol
    2. I was on a reading roll at the start of the year as well and then things got stressful and I have barely been reading these last two weeks. I hope to change that this afternoon since I don't have work!
    3. LOVE the bookcase. The baby is going to love books. I can just tell. :)
    4. Berenstain Bears are the BEST.
    5. Those are such clever and cute gifts! So creative and full of practical/helpful items!
    6. That cake sounds delicious!
    7. It's getting so close. I can't believe it. Super exciting!

    Thanks for sharing all the awesome baby shower goodies! It looks like it was a lot of fun.

    1. Those books really are doorstops! Totally worth it in my opinion though - I just need to decide now if I'm moving right to book 4 or taking a break to re-read some Lord John (they mostly fit into a big time gap in the third book, chronologically speaking, so I think now might be a good time!)

      And baby books & baby things are so fun -- I know it's going to be very challenging, but we are very excited too and hope to raise a little reader :)

  2. That bookcase is adorable! And getting books at a baby shower is a great idea. I'll have to keep that in mind someday... :) One month left - how exciting!

    1. Thanks Julie! I think it's a pretty popular idea amongst us bookish folks and I'm so glad people got so into it -- my mom made sure it was worded in such a way that people didn't feel obligated, but rather that it was a suggestion, and still almost everyone brought at least one book. Amazingly we only got a couple duplicates, but those will be sent to one of the grandparents' houses for visits :)

  3. Awwww, your friends are so creative! Everything from your shower looks adorable, and I absolutely love the new bookcase! Lucky baby -- he'll grow up surrounded by so many great books to read. :) Hurray for finishing Voyager! I never get tired of those books. Maybe you could plan on reading chapters of Drums of Autumn while you're up for those middle-of-the-night feedings!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I just may do that with Drums of Autumn -- even though it's a huge book, it will probably be a good thing to read something familiar a bit at a time when I am so tired. I'm really not a fan of ebooks, but I think I may need to give it another shot as it's easier to do one handed :)


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