Reading After Baby

Something I thought about a lot during pregnancy was how I’d find the time to read once the baby came at the end of March. Now that she’s here, I’m finding that while I do have some time to read, my brain doesn’t want to read very much. Taking care of a baby is exhausting, and I mostly just want to watch TV whenever I have any downtime. I’ve watched the second season of Fuller House and the first two seasons of The Vampire Diaries. These shows are very white and heteronormative, but the absurd story lines are a good break from reality. My reading has definitely taken a downturn, but I’m okay with that for now.

As far as what I have read:  I started Ash by Malinda Lo before baby came, and I finished it at the beginning of April. I finally accept that fairy tale retellings are generally not my jam. Next, I powered through A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab as a part of the third Tome Topple readathon. I am not generally a fan of slow pacing, but I love it in Schwab’s books. I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy at some point this year. Finally, I decided to check out a new adult book, so I read rock star romance Lick by Kylie Scott. I do not read new adult often, but it is a perfect for middle of the night feedings. The book I’m currently reading is Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. I’m enjoying it so far, but I haven’t felt like reading in about a week.

Another project I’m working on is cataloging all of my books on LibraryThing. I try to do a few books a day, usually when my husband is feeding the baby in the evenings. I would love to work on this project for hours at a time, but I will get though it eventually.

Let me know how you find the time to read with a baby, or what you like to read when your brain is exhausted!