Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #9: Books every (soon to be) parent should read

This week's Top Ten Five Tuesday focus on books that I enjoyed reading while I was expecting my first child. Let's be honest, by the time the second came along, I was a pro. (Not really, but I like to pretend).

When I was browsing through the vast ocean of parenting books, I found them to be quite serious, not that having a child isn't, but I definitely preferred ones that were fun. It wasn't until after I collected a few titles that I realized a majority of my parenting reading materials were published by Quirk Books - Publishers of all things awesome. We even used them to decorate the cake table at my baby shower featuring another favourite of mine, The Hungry Caterpillar.

Here are a list of my favourites:

1. The Pregnancy Instruction Manual: Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be by Sarah Jordan

Reading this book made some of my parent-to-be jitters go away. Unlike some of the other parenting books out there, this one didn't scare the living daylights out of you. There was a lot of humour and real life examples. There's even a section for dad's. 

2. The Pregnancy Test by Melissa Heckscher, Emily Sikking

Being pregnant is a scary thing. Everyone tells you what you can/can't, should/shouldn't do. The mixed signals don't really help. This book has answers to a variety of questions such as:
    •  Can I ride a rollercoaster in my first trimester?
     •  Is it safe to pump my own gas?
     •  Why is hair growing around my belly button?

     •  Can I get pregnant when I’m already pregnant?

And as funny as some of these may sound, they go a long way to ease a new mom's mind and make you feel just a bit less crazy.

3. The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance by Louis Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht, Paul Kepple (Illustrator)

4. The Toddler Owner's Manual by Brett Kuhn, Paul Kepple (illustrator), Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D., Jude Buffum (Illustrator)

These two books were written very similarly. And like their titles hint at, rather than long winded paragraphs of what to expect, these books are written like user guides. With useful (and funny) tips on how to raise your kids from birth right through the terrible two's. 

5. I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting by Karen Alpert

I can't even express how much I adore this book. When I was pregnant with my second child, I wanted a fresh outlook on parenting and really some sense of what it would be like to have two. This book nailed it on the head. You can check out of review of I Heart My Little A-Holes here.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. For the list of future top ten topics or details on how to participate, click here.


  1. Aw! What a cute list :-)

  2. Number five sounds like it would be very entertaining! :)

    1. The book is hilarious and comforting. It helps to know that you're not alone.

  3. Good topic! Thanks for the list of books on this topic they will make for great reading.

    Here's a link to my TTT post: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-every-russian.html

  4. Great list!! I love the topic!

  5. First, love your blog name. Second, fun take on the topic! I would also add Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs.

    My TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-twenty-books-every-reader-new-to-the-new-adult-genre-should-read/

  6. OMG. I loved I Heart My Little A-Holes. So happy to see it on your list. It's so funny and honest. :)

    1. It really is. It's my go-to gift for parents expecting their 2nd child.

  7. Totally new to me reads since I'm not at this stage of life! Heehee! Thanks for visiting my post!

  8. I'm not there yet (by far), but it feels like every time I look on facebook, there's someone else who is in that stage of life. Not I. Nope. But thanks for this list, because now I know what books to buy them!

    My TTT: http://brownbooksandgreentea.com/2016/04/12/clearing-the-shelf-for-arc-april/


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