Meags' Books

Thoughts on the books I've read.

Why Have Kids?: The Truth About Parenting and Happiness

Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness - Jessica Valenti The beginning of this book really made me angry, but I'm glad I kept going. The first two chapters are unreasonably harsh on mothers, by saying that taking care of our bodies during pregnancy and birth, and fighting to provide breastmilk for our babies is part of "the man" beating us down. Maybe it's because we just really love our kids and want to do what's best for them? But as it went on I agreed more and was less angry. Yes, moms shouldn't be the default caregiver, dads should be expected to play a role, working moms don't hate their children. I really agreed with the chapter on the over-medicalization of birth. But! The ire towards AP and natural parenting seems misplaced. If it didn't work for the author, that's fine, but it works great for a lot of families, and it doesn't feel like misogynistic patriarchy to those families.

Currently reading

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 4
Andi Watson, Christopher Golden, Dan Brereton
One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good
Regina Leeds
The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Timothy Ferriss
Margaret Atwood