Hidden Valley Road – Book Review

By: Robert Kolker

“…for almost as long, Donald has consistently and unwaveringly maintained that he is, in fact, the offspring of an octopus.”

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker is a true story of a post-world war II family, the Galvin’s, living in Colorado, USA. Through the Galvin family, the reader sees the advancement of mental health research in America’s medical community, beginning in the 1950s and progressing to the modern-day. Six of the twelve children in the Galvin family get diagnosed with varying levels of schizophrenia. This number of diagnoses within one family is extremely rare, and therefore they become the primary test family for mental health research in America. 

“As she walked through the door of the house at Hidden Valley Road, she couldn’t help but recognize a perfect sample. This could be the most mentally ill family in America.”

Kolker dives into the story of the Galvin family, hearing first-hand accounts of what life was like growing up as a Galvin, watching members of your family “lose their minds.” Diary entries, first-hand interviews, medical records and community research are used to piece together who the Galvin’s were. He explores the children’s childhood, Mimi and Don’s marriage, and even the paternal and maternal family history. By the end of the book, you have a clear understanding of who the Galvin family were and how they live their lives today. Kolker writes this book with such vivid detail that it is sometimes hard to believe that this isn’t a work of fiction.  

“At the heart of Jung’s objection was the question of the nature of delusional mental illness: Is schizophrenia something you’re born with, a physical affliction of the brain? Or is it acquired in life, after one has become scarred somehow by the world?”

I was a bit worried about how difficult it would be to read and comprehend the scientific medical information that Kolker would inevitably include in his book about mental health. This is where I believe Kolker deserves the most praise. He includes detailed and complex information about mental health research written in such a simplistic way to allow everyone to understand the information regardless of scientific background. In each of those chapters, I learned something new about mental health and understood the medical advancements he discusses. These sections are very well done, leaving the reader feeling enthusiastic with the scientific progression and, at times, disappointed with the research results. I hope that there will be a follow-up book after twenty years showing more advancements in mental health.

“One of the consequences of surviving schizophrenia for fifty years is that sooner or later, the cure becomes as damaging as the disease.”

There were a few topics that Kolker explores that really affected me. At the beginning of the book, it was clear that when the Galvin’s first son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the late 1960s, the medical community had few answers for them. Additionally, it seemed that the doctors were blaming mental illness solely on mothers. As a mother myself, I know what it feels like to continuously wonder if I am making the right decisions for my child. This is a feeling I think most mothers feel. I believe mothers from the 1960s would have also had these same thoughts. Now, after doing the best they can, these mothers are being told by a room full of mostly men (if not all men) that they have concluded that there is a correlation between mothers and children who develop a mental illness. Mimi, the mother in the Galvin family, was devastated by this accusation and challenged it relentlessly whenever doctors would discuss it with her. As far as she was concerned, she did everything in her power to raise her children right, committing no different acts than other mothers. My heart broke for Mimi thinking about how she felt during this time. This type of “mom blaming” continues later on when a woman in the medical community chooses to continue her studies after having children; Lynn DeLisi is told by her medical peers that this choice could cause her children to develop mental health problems. DeLisi challenges those conclusions, asking for proof. However, the researchers could give no evidence; these conclusions were, in fact, unresearched and anecdotal. The doctors were merely stating opinions, not researched facts. What mothers like Mimi and DeLisi would have experienced during this time is unimaginable but women like DeLisi challenged the medical community and eventually debunked these theories. I think mothers everywhere owe her a debt of gratitude.  

“And so I was crushed,” Mimi said. “Because I thought I was such a good mother. I baked a cake and a pie every night. Or at least had Jell-O with whipped cream.”

Unfortunately, this was not the only time I felt disappointed by the medical community. There were many examples in the book where companies were more interested in the monetary benefits of the medical research than the possitive results. Time and time again, we see funding for mental health diminishing; we see private for-profit organizations choosing to shelf necessary research because the monetary benefits were not high enough. There were some medical advancements made that needed to be halted because of these reasons, and that is truly devastating for families who are in desperate need of support for their mentally ill family members. 

“The National Institute of Mental Health spends only $4.3 million on fetal prevention research, all of it for studies in mice, from its yearly $1.4 billion budget,” Freedman noted recently. “Yet half of young school shooters have symptoms of developing schizophrenia.”

Lastly, the repercussions of the stigma on mental health are shown clearly in the “well” children’s accounts. Since Mimi and Don tried to hide what their family was experiencing in fear of what people would say, the children who were not affected by mental illness underwent many challenging times. Often these children did not understand or could not comprehend what was happening to their siblings. These same children couldn’t separate appropriate behaviours from inappropriate ones, and unfortunately, their parents were providing little insight into what was happening. Although I initially wanted to blame Mimi and Don for these experiences, I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose everyone around you, even your closest family members, at your most vulnerable time. This reaffirms the importance of breaking the stigma towards mental illness.

“When you don’t find a sense of love and belonging where you are, you go searching for it somewhere else.”

I believe this book is one of the most essential reads of our generation. Hidden Valley Road teaches the reader about mental health, early detection methods, the effects on families and how to treat and care for the mentally ill. For years people with mental health were stigmatized and ostracized, which isolated the most vulnerable people in our society. Kolker shows his reader the importance of supporting families who experience these illnesses. This book has impacted me in many ways, and I recommend that others read it. 

“Our relationships can destroy us, but they can change us, too, and restore us, and without us ever seeing it happen, they define us. We are human because the people around us make us human.”


My COVID Lockdown Booklist

As a new year begins, the hopes of a new beginning away from COVID is slowly diminishing. In Switzerland, where I live, we enter into our 3rd week in lockdown, with three more weeks to go. One way I plan on passing the time is by reading some of the unopened books I still have on my shelf. I decided to make a list of all the books I want to read during this time. I’m hoping it will give me something to look forward to each week and help get me through this lockdown!

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by: Christy Lefteri

This book caught my attention because of its connection to current events, specifically the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Over the last couple of years, we have been watching heartbreaking scenes of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria for Europe. This book tries to put a face to this crisis by writing about a fictional Syrian family and their refugee story. The family decides to leave Syria after the war has already begun; they embark on a dangerous journey to freedom, trekking through many of the same escape routes Syrian families are all too familiar with. I’m sure this will be a very captivating story and shed light on the struggles refugees worldwide experience.

What Alice Forgot by: Liane Moriarty

Many friends and family have continuously recommended this book, so I have finally decided to add it to my list. This story is about the effects of memory loss and piecing together a life that is unrecognizable. It is slightly different from the type of books I usually read, but lockdown is a great time to explore some new genres!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by: Heather Morris

This book has been on my book list for many years, but every time I think about opening it, I wonder if I am truly ready for the emotional roller coaster I know this book will embark on. However, recently I read another book by Heather Morris, called Cilka’s Journey, and I loved it. It was definitely emotionally tormenting but, I am very glad I read it. So I decided I needed to give The Tattooist of Auschwitz a read.

A Promised Land by: Barack Obama

I haven’t read a biography in a long time, and I find myself craving to read one. Since American politics has been a focal point in world news recently, I found it only fitting to add A Promised Land by Barack Obama to my book list. Whether you agree with his politics or not, you cannot argue his presidency’s historical significance and wonder how he got there.

What does your lockdown booklist look like?


Self Love Club Volume 2 – A Book Chat

I haven’t fully finished reading Self Love Club Volume 2 yet.  However, I wanted to write this post anyway because this book is a collaboration of stories written by different women, focusing on their journey to self-love. Books like this, in my opinion, do not need to be read in one sitting.  I plan on picking up the book and reading different chapters from time to time. 

A very good friend of mine wrote one of the chapters of this book, Lisa Freeman. Freeman writes about her experiences as a first time mother. Her beautiful daughter was born with health complications that resulted in an emotional couple of months in the NCIU after she was born. This was obviously a difficult time for her and I believe other mothers who are experiencing the same struggles would really find comfort in her story.

Freeman’s baby girl eventually does get to go home with her parents but the whole process was not at all what Lisa had always envisioned for her first baby. It is an incredible story of courage and resilience and I think it is important that women who encounter similar situations have stories like this to bring them comfort.

I hope you take the time to read this book!


How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division – Book Review

Author: Elif Shafak — My Rating: 5/5 — Genre: Current Events, Non Fiction — N. of Pages: 90

This is a very short read but an important one.  I find that in today’s world of division it is sometimes hard to see where you fit.  To see where your ideas, values and opinions meet.  Society focuses on the “us vs them” narrative leaving little room for people in the middle. How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak encourages people of all different opinions to communicate. 

This book was very recently published, so recent, that it includes commentary on the current protests in the United States and the ongoing global pandemic- COVID.  I recommend everyone read this book, in hopes that it will underline the importance of understanding the views of others.

Since this book is short, I will not detail what it is about (the title gives the plot away anyway!).  Instead, I will list below the quotes that impacted me the most.

Book Quotes:

Part 1: Introduction

“We are made of stories — those that have happened, those that are still happening at this moment in time and those that are shaped purely in our imagination through words, images, dreams and an endless sense of wonder about the world around us and how it works.  Unvarnished truths, innermost reflections, fragments of memory, wounds unhealed.  Not to be able to tell your story, to be silenced and shut out, therefore, is to be dehumanized.  It strikes at your sanity, the validity of your version of events.  It creates a profound, and existential anxiety in us.” (page 9)

“… when you feel alone don’t look within, look out and look beyond for others who feel the same way, for there are always others, and if you connect with them and with their story, you will be able to see everything in a new light.” (page 14)

“The moment we stop listening to diverse opinions is also when we stop learning.  Because the truth is we don’t learn much from the sameness and monotony.  We usually learn from differences.” (page 16)

Part 2: Disillusionment and Bewilderment 

“Whether in public or digital spaced nuanced debates are not welcome anymore. ”  (page 29)

“In the aftermath of the pandemic fewer tourists will be able to take overseas trips, fewer international students will apply, and fewer immigrant workers will be welcomed.  It worries me immensely, seeing the walls rise higher and higher.” (page 45)

Part 5: Apathy

“When we are indifferent, disconnected, atomized.  Too busy with our own lives to care about others.  Uninterested in and unmoved by someone else’s pain.  That is the most dangerous emotion —  the lack of emotion.” (page 77)

“One of the greatest paradoxes of our times is the hardliners are more passionate, engaged and involved than many moderates.  When we do not engage in civil discourse and public space, we become increasingly isolated and disconnected, thereby breeding apathy.” (page 77)

Part 6: Information, Knowledge, Wisdom

“Perhaps in an era when everything is in constant flux, in order to be more sane, we need a blend of conscious optimism and creative pessimism.” (page 87)

“It is natural to seek out a collegial and congenial group who will reinforce our core values and primary goals, and bring us closer to the stories we want to hear and prioritize.  That can be a good starting point but it cannot be the entire destination.” (page 89)

About the Author:

Elif Sharak is a British – Turkish author, that has published 17 books.  She advocates for women’s rights, minority rights and free speech.  Sharak is a founding member of the European Council of Foreign Affairs.  She has also spoken at TED Global.

Other books she has published: 

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World 

Three Daughters of Eve

The Forty Rules of Love 


Beautiful Bookstores of Switzerland

When I moved to Switzerland, one of the first things I did was visit all the bookstores near me. It was a bit intimidating at first knowing these stores would mostly (or only) sell German books but, I had to take a tour anyway. To my surprise and delight, many of the bookstores in the area sold English books! Most of the shops seem to be small family-run businesses in Switzerland, which added a layer of charm to these bookstores. 

Below are some of the small bookstores that I have explored around my home in Switzerland:

The Travel Book Shop

This is one of the most unique bookstores in Switzerland because it features one primary genre: Travel. From fiction to non-fiction, all the books in this store have to relate to travel. This shop also sells old and new maps of places all over the world. They have some antique maps on display that were quite beautiful.

Buchhandlung Beer & Co.

This bookstore is laid out more recognizably. Most of the aisles are coordinated between fiction and non-fiction. A small section near the back features English books. Once I began scanning the titles, I noticed pretty quickly that they were a bit different. I barely recognized any of them. It seems this shop focuses on books centred around Anthroposophy, a philosophy which was created in the 20th century by Rudolf Steiner. This would explain why the authors were not familiar to me. Beer & Co. is a fascinating shop to visit and explore.

Peter Bichsel Antiquariat/Peter Bichsel Fine Books

Visiting this bookstore is like stepping back into history. Peter Bichsel Fine Books sells fine/antique books. Some of them date back to the 15th century! As a history buff, this fascinates me. They look so delicate, fragile and exceptional. The old fashion step ladder in the center of the store added more charm to this little space. Although I do not dare touch any of the books, I explore each aisle and love viewing all the featured titles. This is a beautiful bookstore.

Pile of Books

Pile of Books is the only all English bookstore in Zurich (maybe all of Switzerland?). This shop features all the recognizable authors and bestsellers. For English speakers like myself, Pile of Books suits my needs the most, while also keeping the appeal of a small European bookstore.

Hirschmatt Buchhandlung

This bookstore has a fabulous selection of German books from all different genres. Their English section is pretty small, but they have an online store you can order from. Although this is a pretty small shop, they have managed to squeeze in many aisles. Hirschmatt offers the coziness of a small shop but with an extensive book catalogue.

What are some of your favourite bookstores?

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Educated- Book Review

By: Tara Westover

How I came across this book:

I kept seeing this book displayed in multiple bookstores. Every time I read the summary, truthfully, I just wasn’t that interested. I thought I’d heard this story before, a brainwashing family keeping their children trapped by not educating them; been there, heard that. Despite my disinterest, something kept drawing me back to it. I don’t know what it was, but I finally caved. After digging into the first few pages, I was immediately hooked. This is a fantastic memoir.

What was the book about:

Educated by Tara Westover is a remarkable memoir about a Mormon family living in Idaho. Each chapter entangles you deeper into her story. It follows Westover’s isolated upbringing living in their farm house by the mountains.  You see the complexity of the life this family lived following their father’s strict interpretation of Mormonism.  Westover was so isolated from the community around her that she never truly realized how different her life was from the average American. As she grew up she began to question many things, especially the lack of education she was receiving at home. With the help of her brother she begins to teach herself math and science to try and get admitted to college. While she begins to focus most of her time on her study’s we see the escalation of violence within her household. Westover’s brother begins to physically and psychologically abuse her.  Once Westover gets admitted to college she finally gets the opportunity to leave home. Her seclusion from the world is magnified in college. This is especially clear when she begins to learn about world events that she had never heard of before, like the Holocaust. As time progresses you see her gradually drifting from her family in many wars. This drifting eventually leads to an excommunication from her family.   I kept reading, hoping that things would get better for Tara and her family; I was hoping that something would be done about her brother. Westover keeps you holding on to hope, the same way she holds hope today that she will one day be reunited with her family (under her terms).

Some personal thoughts:

At the very beginning Westover emphasized that this book was not an attack on Mormonism or any other type of religious belief. She wanted to make sure it was clear that she was not putting faith or religion down because, in many situations, other Mormons or people of faith had tried to help her. It was clear that her fathers interpretation was very different then others and this is what caused the biggest struggles within the family. I think this was important for her to include, to show her readers this is a story of her family not a story of Mormonism. To me, the real problems were the mental illness her father and brother faced. Westover shows how bad things could get if people don’t get the treatment they need.  

This book taught me more about mental health and how it can impact, not only the people who have a mental illness, but also the people who are surrounded by it. I think this lesson is so important for society today as we try to gain a clearer understanding of what mental health is and how we can support people who suffer from it. 

The themes of this book:

There are many different themes in this book. Some of the themes that stood out to me were: male patriarchy, mental health, physical abuse, psychological abuse, the power of manipulation and the impact of family love.

Patriarchy:

In her household, Mormonism was the practiced faith, but as she makes very clear, her family’s version of Mormonism was not standard and far more strict than most other Mormon families. Her father was the clear head of the household, and the wife and children had to listen attentively to the father at all times. She was raised with the idea that the man would be the head, and the woman would raise children and tend to household duties. A woman’s role would only be in the kitchen. Throughout the book, her father and brother make many comments to her reminding her that she should be focusing on redirecting her life to the proper role of a woman. 

Mental Health

It is clear from the very beginning that her father has severe mental health problems. His version of Mormonism teeters between faith and insanity. The way he treats his wife and children seems to change daily, rotating between kind and fatherly to authoritarian and angry. I noticed his mental illness more clearly when he become increasingly more paranoid. He spent so much of his time and money preparing for the end of time. The whole family spent many days preparing for this, canning fruits and vegetables and storing gasoline. He also forced his children to stay home from school, which is another way he tried to control his family. Many Mormons attend school, and many go on to continue their studies in college and university.

As well, her brother Shawn has clear anger management issues. The way he manipulates and abuses women and finds joy out of their embarrassment seem to be signs of severe psychological problems. The fact that her brother is still living in Idaho with his family is worrisome.

Physical and mental abuse 

This theme was probably the most obvious. The violence that Shawn showed towards multiple members of his family was genuinely frightening. After each physical altercation took place, he would manipulate his victims into thinking they were at fault or that he was just playing with them. This was indeed the most frightening part of her brother. Through her portrayal of these incidents, how she felt and how quickly she forgot what he had done, one can begin to understand why so many abused women go back to their abuser. For this reason alone, I think it is an important book to gain a clearer understanding of the mind set of those that get abused by someone they love.  

Power of manipulation

In the final part of the book, Tara and her sister confront their parents about the abuse they had experienced from their brother. This is the most shocking moment in the book. The way their mother cowers to their father, the way their parents refuse to believe what they are saying, is really upsetting. Later on, Tara’s sister is manipulated into thinking she was wrong about what she said about Shawn abusing her. It is scary to see what the human brain can convince itself, with just a bit of encouragement.

Family love

Tara struggles so much near the end to figure out how her new educated life can fit into her life with her family. She doesn’t want to lose her family because, ultimately, she does love them. This love keeps her tied to her family; this love keeps her returning to her home town. In the end, she realizes that despite the love she has for them, she cannot go back to that life. 

I believe the book’s overall message is by becoming educated you free yourself to feel and understand the way you want to. Only through this freedom can you live your own life and make your own decisions.

Author Info:

Here is a link to her website: https://tarawestover.com/


Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader – Book Review

By: Matt Qvortrup

For some time now I have been looking for a biography written about Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. Merkel has interested me for many years and I believe she is an incredible role model for women. Regardless of where you stand politically seeing a women lead one of the largest economies in the world is an incredible thing. After a couple weeks of research I chose, Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matt Qvortrup to learn more about this inspirational woman.

The beginning of this book logically began with Angela Merkel’s childhood, which I really enjoyed reading about. I was shocked to hear that her family moved from West Germany to East Germany. A move that many questioned, especially since Angela’s father was a minister and communism frowned upon religion. She was asked to volunteer with various communist organization, which she obliged because to decline the offer would mean no possibility of being accepted into university. She did as she was told in order to avoid any scrutiny from government officials, she knew she and her family were always being watched. She gets accepted to university and begins to study physics, eventually completing her doctorate in quantum chemistry. These are just a few of the Merkel’s accomplishments.

Eventually the book progresses to her political life, exploring how she initially got into politics and how she made her way up the ranks. The book also explores the difficulties she faced as a woman politician during that time. Showing, even more, how impressive her progression in the political sphere really was. Qvortrup also explores her Chancellorship, focusing on her accomplishments and her disappointments.

Unfortunately, once the book got to Merkel’s political career, the book was a bit hard to get through.  The author gave too many details on the specifics of the political world of Germany.  As someone who is not from Germany, I was a bit confused, it just seemed the author moved too far away from the main topic.  At this point in the book, my interest began to decline. It took me some time to convince myself to keep reading this biography and to complete her story.

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Mom Truths – Book Review

By: Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer

Why I read this book…

As a new mom, I felt like my emotions were playing tricks on me. Some days I would feel great, and other days I would feel really low. I found myself feeling alone and isolated, and I was scared to express what I was feeling. None of my friends had babies, so I couldn’t really turn to them for support, and if I did vent to them, I ended up feeling like a terrible mom. I thought my friends would think I didn’t love my baby, so I stopped expressing my emotions. I needed an outlet; I needed another mom’s perspective and opinion on all the feelings I was feeling. That is when randomly (unless Instagram can hear my thoughts), I stumbled upon the Cat and Nat Instagram page. I saw some of their hilarious videos, and I knew I needed to learn more. I did some ‘Googling’ on these two moms and realized they had written a book about motherhood, and it included REAL feelings and perspectives on their motherhood journey. I was a bit apprehensive about reading any ‘mom books’ because I thought they would just tell me I was a bad mom, but I gave this book a chance, and I am SO glad I did. The book is called Mom Truths, and I recommend it to all new moms!

About the book… 

Cat and Nat speak so candidly about their feelings and emotions about motherhood. Motherhood is a wild ride, sometimes you feel like you are acing it (very few times did I think this way), and sometimes you feel like a terrible mom (I mostly felt this way). Cat and Nat make you feel amazing about who you are as a mother and give you helpful tips on how to go through your Mom journey in your own way.

Cat and Nat take the time to speak separately throughout their book and provide the readers with their different approaches to motherhood. They compare and contrast their methods, which was very interesting to read. Each chapter dives into vital topics about modern motherhood. For example, Chapter 11: Instagram is Bullshit; this is something every mom (actually everyone) in the social media world deals with daily. You’re having a bad day, you scroll through social media, and people are posting these glamorous amazing pictures of their fantastic baby. This instantly puts you in a bad place. In Chapter 11, they break down these thoughts and feelings that you have and how common it is to feel that way! I finished so many of the chapters in this book feeling absolutely liberated.

This book was a fun, sassy, humorous and, most importantly a REAL book about motherhood. I really recommend this book to all moms.

Some other things I learned from the book…

I learned some excellent tips for motherhood and raising children, but most importantly, I learned to trust my motherly instincts. I learned that every mom goes through the same thoughts and feelings that I have gone through and that I am not alone. I realized the importance of having people in my life that will bring me up, not down. I knew what kind of mom friends I wanted, and I felt more confident to be myself and to discuss what, I felt were, my shortcomings as a mom. It is so important to have the right group of friends, they will be there for you and bring you up when you’re feeling down. After reading this book, I began to feel much more comfortable in my new mom skin!

Follow Cat and Nat on Instagram for more real mom moments!


My Life in France- Book Review

By Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme

My connection to this book:

This book is written by Julia Child and her nephew Alex Prud’Homme. I began reading this book because I was about to move my family from Canada to an entirely different continent, Europe. I was very nervous about this move and a bit worried about what I would do without my family, friends and my job.  My sister bought me this book, the story of how Julia Child moved to Paris, France,for her husband’s work. She thought it would be an excellent book to read to prepare me for living abroad.

Although the book was a very good read, it didn’t do much in preparing me for our big move. Child discusses how she wasn’t very close with her father and that her mother passed away years before. Child was also very thrilled for the opportunity to live in Paris full time. So I learned pretty quickly that our stories didn’t really line up. However, I decided to keep reading because it was an interesting biography of a successful woman.

Book break down and my review:

This book discusses Child’s life beginning with the meeting of her husband, Paul. The book then maps out her life in Paris and her path to becoming one of the most well-known chefs. Child discusses how her culinary journey in French food began and how she later made it into a cooking empire. Her story is very awe-inspiring and quite fascinating, especially as a woman during that time. Her entrepreneurial skills, which she discusses in this book, can be transferred into any career. Therefore, for any women looking to begin a new career, I would highly recommend this book.

There are some topics that I found difficult to get through. Sometimes she goes into a bit too much detail about her recipes and the specific ways she cooks. I don’t have a significant interest in cooking, so I found those sections to be a bit difficult to focus on. There were some paragraphs I skimmed or read over because it focused too much on the break down of her recipe. However, if you are someone who is looking to learn more about French cooking, than those parts of the book would be great for you!


The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy – Book Review

By: Dawn Dais

How I came across this book:

I actually didn’t choose this book; my husband bought it for me for Christmas when I was about two months pregnant. He knew I was pretty excited but also very nervous about this new phase in my life. He also knew that I would hate to read any mom or parenting books that were too complex and serious or gave strict dos and don’ts about becoming new parents. When he read this title, it made him laugh and decided to buy it for me, and I am so glad he did.

A little something about this book:

This book is written by Dawn Dais, focusing around the time she became pregnant and how she felt as a pregnant woman. She gives her readers all the raw and detailed feelings she had throughout her pregnancy but she does this all in an entertaining and comical way. She also includes partner sections where she offers beneficial tips on how our partners can help us through pregnancy and the first couple months of motherhood. These are usually one or two paragraphs love, my husband really enjoyed reading them.

My review:

While I was pregnant, I really enjoyed reading this book. There are many pregnancy books out there and books written to prepare you for becoming new parents, but this one really connected with me. I wanted someone to walk me through the changes I was going through, but in a fun way. I learned a lot about what was happening to me and my body during my pregnancy, and Dais also prepared me for labour and the first couple months of motherhood. The way she wrote about her experiences resonated with me, and I am so glad I read this book.

For any newly pregnant women who are a bit nervous about pregnancy and being a mom, this is the perfect book for you.