Since I’ve become pregnant, I’ve gotten even more into reading. I always try to read for at least 30 minutes a day but now it’s more like an hour- & on weekends sometimes it’s longer. My husband is also a huge reader, & he has the best recommendations.
Reading is something that really got me through my mom’s death. It’s something I could focus on that was outside of myself. The Nanz gave me this tip. When you’re upset or not in a good place, focus on something outside of yourself. It really helps. That’s reading for me.
Reading keeps you interested & interesting. Plus, it stimulates your brain & gives you different perspectives on all kinds of things.
With that, let’s get into my latest recommendations.
5 Books To Keep You Entertained:
♡ Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
This book by Jenny McCarthy is all about the REALNESS of pregnancy. She gets so deep & talks everything from constipation, to getting poo pulled out of her butthole by a colon doctor, to spider veins in her vagina, to shitting on the table while giving birth. She has a real deal, no bullshit approach which I’m loving but it’s also scaring me at the same time.
Amazon says: Revealing the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the inevitable disfigurement that go along with pregnancy, Jenny McCarthy tells you what you can really expect when you’re expecting! From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, granny panties, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born!
♡ Inside Out by Demi Moore
I read this book a couple months into my pregnancy & I loved it. Demi is raw & vulnerable. She discusses her eating disorder, drug use, relationship with Ashton Kutcher & explores the relationship she has with her daughters & how she could have done better. It’s refreshing to see the real side of an actress & I hope she writes more books.
Amazon says: As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life – laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward openheartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender – a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.
♡ Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy To Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
This book is a bit dark- not quite sure it’s a good one for when you’re pregnant, but regardless it’s a juicy read. I’m not quite finished it but it’s a nice book to settle down with on a lazy Sunday or to take to the beach. It exposes a lot of fucked up shit in Hollywood & talks about the power struggle while exposing truths of actresses that were mistreated. It’s something different & I would recommend this to anyone going on vacation. You’ll get the full Hollywood scoop while laying by the pool.
Amazon says: This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.
♡ Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of Help Helen Smash by Laura Clery
This book is by comedian & recovering addict, Laury Clery. ( Really want her on the podcast. Laura if you’re reading, we’re waiting for you ! ) She talks about everything from struggling as an actress, You Tube, her relationships, & cocaine use, but she does it in a funny way that will make you laugh while also having compassion for what she went through.
Amazon says: Laura recounts how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next…to a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable self-described…Idiot.
♡ Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
LOVED THIS BOOK. Cult-like religions are really interesting to me. Personally, I’m more of a spiritual person, so it interests me how people get involved in Scientology. Leah talks about how her & her family members were involved at a young age & how she got out of it. It’s crazy & I couldn’t put this book down. At first it was a bit ‘meh’ because it’s so religion heavy, but once I got into the manipulation that Leah describes, it was just fascinating. You should also know that she discusses Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes’ wedding in detail which is super juicy.
Amazon says: The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
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