Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family by Natalie D. Meisner
This thin little novel is a rare piece of nonfiction for me. It’s the true story of a lesbian couple in Canada who decide they want to have a baby, and then a baby each and then because their doctors advise them that they’re too old to wait a baby each at the same time. Thus begins their quest to find a sperm donor, successfully inseminate, get through two pregnancies and survive two labours. It is a love story and a relationship story and an LGBTQ story and parenting story and overall a great read.
Being a true story, Meisner doesn’t hide the dirtier truths about relationships, hurt feelings, miscarriages, grief, broken promises, uncomfortable situations and generally being directionless in your adult life and that makes the book striking and interesting. I also like how comforting it is to read stories about people who are like you – struggling with where they want to be but determined to fulfill their goals, in love but vulnerable and afraid sometimes and facing the unique challenges of being a lesbian couple.
The language is beautiful, particularly Meisner’s description of her wife and their children, both born and unborn.
All around loved it.
Last movie I watched:
The end of Star Trek Beyond. It didn’t get better. I’m disappointed.
Last TV episode I watched:
One of the final ones in Supernatural season 11. So they killed God I guess?
This is another short blog post. I’m way behind. There was this vacation and then that got me behind and suddenly it was Christmas and that got me even more behind and now I’ve only got a few thoughts about anything because it was months ago that I read it and the list of books I’ve finished is as long as my arm.
I know, I know, why don’t I just skip a few?
Because they were wonderful books and I don’t want to forget them.
I loved this book. There. That’s my thought.
Last movie I watched: The start of Star Trek Beyond. I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’ll pick up shortly.
Last TV episode I watched: Supernatural. One of the tail end of season 11. God’s back, so that’s neat.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
My life has been really busy and I haven’t blogged in ages. You may have noticed. Anyway, this blog post is just in here so I don’t forget I read this book and enjoyed it.
One reason Chamber of Secrets is not my favourite Harry Potter:
The lack of wonderful, supportive and fun adults and other mentor figures and the feeling of inter generational overlap. In this one there’s no grown up person to help Harry and co, even passively. I really enjoy mentor characters and they were all missing from this book.
One reason Chamber of Secrets could be my favourite Harry Potter:
The kids really do solve this one on their own and that’s pretty epic. Most of the other ones they have someone on their side but not for Chamber. These plucky kids do it all their own and that’s unique in the series.
Last movie I watched: Noel. Weird Christmas movie. I don’t feel like I get it.
Last TV episode I watched: Supernatual. Castiel! What’s happened to you?