Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer Reading

So I've been working on this massive pile of books this summer.

disregard my photography watermark... the next couple pics were from a photo-a-day challenge. Also disregard the cookbooks. Heavens knows I haven't touched them. 

There is nothing I like more than sitting out on our deck, watching the sun dip down below the tree line, while reading a good book. Always on our patio recliner. Love.

I have lots of different genres in this pile o' books. Novels, non-fiction, and biographies. I was recently contacted by the wonderful writer and micro preemie mom, Kasey Matthews, to do a review of her book, Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life, and Motherhood. Of course I said YES! and quickly moved it to the top of my pile.

I am so glad I did. I read the thing in two days. The kind of late-into-the-night reading that I just love. I just couldn't put it down. Obviously, so much of it hit close to home. The book focuses on the birth of her daughter at 25 weeks and follows her as she grows. But more than that, it takes a deep look into what Kasey went through - the intense emotions of a micro preemie mama. There were so many sections of this book that I swear were thoughts and feelings taken directly out of my head. She is a preemie mom that just gets it. The heartache and the joy. If I didn't know better, I'd think that Kasey had written down my exact emotional experience. It's that kind of book.

So here's what I'm telling you today - if you haven't yet read this book, purchase it, plop down in a comfy lawn chair, grab a drink, watch the sunset, and read.

My only note of caution is that I think you need to be at least a year out from your NICU experience to read this book. Personally, I don't think I could handle the intense emotions I felt when reading this so soon after leaving the NICU. It's good to be in a healthy place (or well on your way) to really benefit from what this book teaches.

Preemie can be found pretty much anywhere books are sold. 
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Michelle said...

I just finished it reading it too. Even though I didn't relate to some parts, there were so many parts that were exactly how I felt. I bought it on my Kindle and used the highlight feature on almost every page!

Anonymous said...

I will be reading this book eventually, i am still just weeks out of the nicu