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Five Fictional Books to Avoid While Pregnant

I have a bookshelf in my bedroom solely devoted to books that I haven’t read. I love going over to the shelf, randomly picking out a new book, and diving into it with reckless abandonment.

Diving into books at random definitely has it’s pros and cons, I’ve learned. Sometimes, if you don’t know what you’re getting into, you’ll find yourself caught off guard by the storyline. I learned this the hard way just a few weeks ago when I unknowingly cracked open an old copy of The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

My pregnant friends, I’m here to warn you, sometimes it pays to read a summary of the book before you start it. I know, it’s a novel idea.

5 emotional books to avoid reading, while pregnant:


  • The Cider House Rules, by John Irving 1 of 5
    The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
    This book follows the life of an obstetrician and abortion doctor during the 1930's. The book deals primarily with living and working in an orphanage, and how that environment affects the main characters.
  • The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold 2 of 5
    The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
    A 14 year old girl is brutally raped and murdered by a neighbor. The book follows the girl as she watches from heaven her friends and family disintegrates in their grief.
  • My Sisters Keeper, by Jodi Picoult 3 of 5
    My Sisters Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
    This book is extremely controversial. It's basically about conceiving one daughter, to save another daughters life. The ending will have you crying until your eyes are swollen shut.
  • The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond 4 of 5
    The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond
    This book is about a six year old little girl disappearing into virtually thin air, and her desperate family's attempt to find her.
  • The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young 5 of 5
    The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young
    A daughter is abducted and potentially brutally murdered in a shack located deep in the woods. The grieving father later receives a note (potentially from God) and goes back to the shack, walking into a life changing experience.

Hear me out, for the most part these books are very well written and are overall fantastic reads. Heck, I’d even recommend them (as I’ve read them all), I just would not suggest these novels as a good choice if you’re expecting.

Seriously, f you are emotionally sensitive while knocked up, crying at the sight of a Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial, you might want to think twice before diving in to these stories.

What books did I miss?

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