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In the first month of Sophia’s life, the middle of the night feedings was a killer. It was all I could do just to stay awake while holding her. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m sure any mom can sympathize with that!
I always loved to read, but I was too exhausted to do it. I ended up reading the same two sentences over and over and over and over and never really got anywhere. I also fell asleep with my e-reader or book on my face many times. Not being able to enjoy what I loved also aided in postpartum depression.
After a while, I started listening to podcasts in an effort to keep learning Spanish (see that post about the top podcasts here) and eventually started renting audiobooks off my public library. It was a game changer for me because I could plug in my headphones so it didn’t wake the baby or distract her, and it gave me something to focus on to keep awake. It made it so much better.
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Where can you find audiobooks?
Like I mentioned, I get them off my local library. They use Libby, an app that allows you to hook up your library card. This works for libraries right across Canada! You can also find them on:
And more! There are tons of places to find audiobooks.
5 life-changing audiobooks you can listen to while breastfeeding.
This book is incredible. This author writes about the plight of women in Iran/Afghanistan. This book follows the life of an illegitimate child with a less than stellar mother, and a hands-off father. Eventually, she gets married to a man who practices polygamy. He, however, is a monster. The climax is when this woman and his other wife finally figure out what they need to do to survive. I cannot oversell this book enough, as the climax is bone-chilling.
Can you tell this is my favorite author? This book is about a little boy in Afghanistan. During the plight of the Taliban. He endured a critical father, while his best friend has a loving one. They live during a time of political and religious unrest. TW: This book does feature a sexual assault.
This is a book that many read in school. It is where I first read it. This book has ALWAYS stuck with me as one of my favorites. This story is based during the 1960s when social class dictated everything. It is about two rival gangs, the greasers, and the socs. A family of three boys is left without parents as a result of a terrible car crash. After being jumped, two boys have to flee and take up hiding in a church and change their appearances. Everything ends up in a final showdown between both gangs. It is a book about love, loss, family, and loyalty. If you haven’t read it, it is a can’t miss!
TW for violence and rape. Purple is the color for violence. You can see this theme carried through the entire book. It begins with a 14-year-old who is constantly beaten and raped by her dad, who is then given in marriage by him to a less than desirable man. She grows up and makes friends, and deals with losses and fleeing for safety. It can be an explicit read, but that is the storyline of the book.
Who hasn’t heard of the Nazi Regime? This book is set during that time. This is written from such a different and interesting perspective. It is about a young girl is who taught to read by a Jew who is hidden by her foster parents, and who eventually steals books that were supposed to be destroyed. She sees many different horrors at the hands of the Nazis that are totally inconceivable to most people. It is a must read!
These are just 5 different books I listened to while breastfeeding. There are so many more out there! I love these books because of their depth and meaning. Check them out if you can!
What are some of your must-reads? Comment below!