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Just Mom Things
To kick off my personal reading challenge this year, I chose to start with a humorous book about parenting and motherhood by Leslie Anne Bruce: You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom. This is actually the very first “self-help” book I’ve read all the way through!
Personally, I found it enjoyable. To put it simply, it definitely wasn’t boring. I don’t have much to compare it to – considering it’s my first read like this – but I’m going to do my best to cover what I felt was helpful, what I like about her book, what I didn’t like, and just some enjoyable points that I felt the need to share.
This is only the first of many book reviews I plan to tackle – and, as always, if you have any recommendations, drop them in the comments at the bottom of the page!
This book was filled with humor – and I loved it. It made me feel less “lonely” adventuring through motherhood. And yes, it’s NOT a parenting book, it’s definitely a mom book. Here’s the book deets:
“In You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom, award-winning journalist and Instagram star Leslie Anne Bruce acknowledges that, yes, motherhood is a total mind f*ck—but then she offers the self-empowerment lessons new mothers need to get through the psychic upheaval and emerge stronger than ever. After childbirth, a woman’s body, her relationships, and her very sense of self are tested like never before. Bruce encourages readers to look past the sugarcoated truisms about the miracles of child-rearing in order to embrace the real joys of motherhood, spit-up stains and all.
Loaded with unfettered support from a mom who has been through it all, You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom offers a lifeline of encouragement, inspiration, and community for the new mama who got a baby, lost her mind, and desperately wants to find herself again.“
Since this is the first actual non-fiction book for moms that I’ve read all the way through, I can’t really tell you how it compares to others… I can tell you if I think you should read it though! To give you some background, at this moment, I am a 24-year-old work from home mother of two with a third on the way.
Leslie is a middle-aged mom, she was a bit far from my age when she had her daughter and I can feel the age gap, particularly at the beginning of the book. We’re also from two different walks of life. She had a successful career and became a mom after, I had my first son during college.
Luckily, this doesn’t leave a huge gap for the entirety of the book. While you’re aware of her age, it’s not the primary focus. You get the same experiences of motherhood to relate to. Honestly, as someone who has read many books written by middle-aged women, she does a really good job of broadening her audience and reaching mothers of all ages.
Now, if you do not support cussing and very open discussions (and I mean very open), THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. Leslie gets vulnerable and shares a few other motherhood stories that are not for moms who don’t like to discuss – or read about – personal things.
Overall, I highly recommend reading You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom in your free time!