This is book 2 of the Golden Compass triology - or really called "His Dark Materials" triology (cue in scary eerie music here). In my last review of The Golden Compass, I think I mentioned that this series has been highly controversial in Christian circles. I won't go into my own belief about it here, but I will say that I enjoyed this book - thought it was a nice fast easy read, reminded me a bit of the fantasy you see in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Spiderwick, etc. These triologies are labeled as 'young adult' fiction, but like I said - easy fast read for us adults.
I know I mentioned this book in a previous post, but in case you missed my recommend - I recommend THIS book! You don't necessarily have to be pregnant to appreciate this book. It is written by a journalist and it is her compliation of the history of how women have given birth over time. I had a great discussion about this book with my midwife and it is really not an extremist book. I feel like it is pretty balanced in its presentation of birth. Things that intrigued me - how births were moved into hospital settings instead of home settings, how midwives were ousted from the US birthing trends, how birth has evolved in the US since our grandmothers' times (twilight sleep to modern day epidurals), father's role in delivery and postpartum, etc.
That's it for now. I ordered a ton of books from Amazon and the library that aren't as heavy as these ones. I kind of need light hearted chick lit novels. But if you have any books you'd like to share - please comment or add me to your goodreads friends.
PS - Paige - if you read this - a long time ago you wrote about how you bought the Rosie O Donnell book. Do you still have it? If so, would you be willing to lend it to me? I can't get it through my public library and I don't necessarily want to spend money buying it. I remember that ordered it way back when.