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Cheery books to read while pregnant?

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Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 15:11:48

Can anyone suggest something funny/lighthearted to read while pregnant? I usually read thrillers but everything I pick up seems to contain something baby related to freak me out. I'm an anxious person even when I'm not pregnant and need something nice to read.

WindwardCircle Mon 10-Apr-17 15:21:58

How about Chris Stewart's books about his life in rural Spain? The first one is 'Driving Over Lemons'. They're funny, gentle easy reads.

Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 15:29:40

Had a quick Google there, looks very different to what I usually read so probably just what I need! Downloaded a sample so I'll give it a try later, thanks!

GingerHanna Mon 10-Apr-17 15:58:05

I've nearly finished 'The Baby's Coming' by Virginia Howes. She's an independent midwife and it talks about her experiences of home births and some hospital and is generally really really nice. I'm on the last chapter - got it 24 hours ago!

Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 16:29:32

Ok ginger I'll check that one out too, thanks!

SpringSpringSpring Mon 10-Apr-17 19:23:16

I was thinking something similar. I need something with a good plot because I'm so tired when I go to bed now but detective stories don't appeal.

I was looking for funny books similar to: Cold comfort farm, Bill Bryson, Wodehous, My family & other animals all of which I would recommend. So far I haven't come up with anything like them though. I tried a David Lodge which was nice but not so great I want to read all the others.

Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 21:10:58

I bought cold comfort farm years ago after a similar recommendation- for some reason I never got round to reading it. I'll need to dig it out..

Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 21:13:42

Had the misfortune to read The Girl Before recently- big mistake for a worried pregnant lady...

alabasterangel Mon 10-Apr-17 21:15:02

Bill Bryson - the road to little dribbling. Lady on the sun lounger next to me on holiday asked if I was ok. She thought I was crying, I had to explain I was stifling hysterical laughter!

alabasterangel Mon 10-Apr-17 21:16:41

Sorry - I see you already said bill bryson. What about mike Gayle? His novels are light but not dumb. They've got a fair bit of humour.

madeleinecreek Mon 10-Apr-17 21:18:04

I'm currently reading Great With Child, I think I'd have liked to read it when pregnant.

BikeRunSki Mon 10-Apr-17 21:20:32

The Yorkshire Pudding Club

It's about a group of women who meet antenataly and the friendships and experiences they share. It's a heartwarming true story of pregnancy (and based in the hospital where I had my dc).

BikeRunSki Mon 10-Apr-17 21:23:19

I have to admit to a soft spot for the Shopaholic series (Sophie Kinsella), when I want something entertaining and not taxing.

How about Mel Giedroyc's books, 'From Here To Maternity' and 'Going Ga Ga' - they got me through pregnancy brilliantly.

Chavelita Mon 10-Apr-17 21:27:32

Anything by the American novelist Laurie Colwin. She died in her 40s in 1992, but left five elegant, funny, clever, happy novels (and short stories and recipe books). All her characters are eccentric, upper-middle-class New Yorkers having relationships/affairs/babies/friendships, but they're observant and tough-minded and funny, and have a big cult following.. Start with A Big Storm Knocked It Over or Happy All the Time, or Family Happiness.

Eveninties Mon 10-Apr-17 22:52:22

Thanks for the suggestions, off to check them out on amazon

millsbynight Tue 11-Apr-17 21:04:24

"The Unmumsy Mum". Absolutely hilarious grin

Oscillationss Wed 12-Apr-17 00:14:16

Wife in the north

madeleinecreek Wed 12-Apr-17 08:27:59

The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

RedheadinCamelFlarge Mon 17-Apr-17 15:45:14

No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I read about 8 of them while pregnant!

CaipirinhasAllRound Mon 17-Apr-17 17:48:04

Willy Russell's Wrong Boy is v funny

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