things i didn't expect“Pregnancy is natural, healthy and fun, right? Sure it is, if you’re lucky. For others, it’s an adventure in physical discomfort, unachievable ideals, kooky classes and meddling experts.

When Monica Dux found herself pregnant with her first child, she was dismayed to find she belonged firmly in the second category. For her, pregnancy could only be described as a medium-level catastrophe.”  Read More

 That’s all I needed to get hooked as I’ve had my own series of pregnancy horrors.  From extreme nausea and vomiting to hemorrhoids I had all ends covered.   Judging by the cover (about that…) it appeared to be something along the likes of Vicky Iovine’s The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy – A funny, quirky fluff piece about the ‘joys’ of pregnancy.

As I ventured into the first chapter I was pleasantly surprised to discover that along with the appropriate amount of humor and fluff-ness this was also an essay on women and the behaviors that shape us.  Unlike my senior year Independent Study Project this book held my attention from first to last;  I couldn’t put it down!  I had to of course – there was a husband, 3 kids, and a dying cat all fervently requesting my attention.

Had I actually taken a minute I didn’t have to read the rest of the description or the author bio I would have known what to expect, but I was so excited at the idea of reviewing books that I skimmed most of the details and picked books like I do in a store – if the cover talks to me.  Obviously this one screamed and I’m glad it did.

For 3 days I read every chance I got; while making dinner (burned it), in the bathroom (why I still can’t pee alone I don’t know…),  hiding under the bed while the kids counted to a million.

Buy it.  Read it.  Enjoy it.  Don’t judge a book by its cover… or do – you may end up pleasantly surprised!  Things I didn’t Expect (When I Was Expecting) by Monica Dux comes out March 1st 2013.  Meanwhile check out her other book on 🙂