I wrote a book! If you have a Kindle, or you don’t mind downloading the free Kindle app, you can buy it here. It’s called New to Me: A Mostly Ridiculous, Highly Undignified, and Occasionally Heartfelt Diary of Pregnancy and First-Time Motherhood, and that is pretty much what it is.

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If you were a blog reader back in 2005, this will be familiar territory: New to Me is a yearlong collection of entries, from that first terrifying double-line pregnancy stick to Riley’s 6-month birthday. It’s been quite a process, from copying and pasting old entries to embarking on a major edit and rewrite, but I’m so glad it’s all in one place now. I enjoyed revisiting those days and I sure hope you do too.

Thank you so much for this, you guys. I never would have captured this time in my life without a blog, I never would have remembered half the silly/awful/wonderful things I wrote about. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading.

Comments

36 Responses to “New to Me: my book!”

  1. Penne on June 18th, 2018 4:39 pm

    Yay you! And I am dying at that cover photo! It’s perfect.

  2. Jo on June 18th, 2018 4:53 pm

    Awesome! As a blog reader from way back when (I remember the pregnancy stick post :O) it’s brilliant to see that you’ve revisited those days and committed them to paper/screen. I’ve got a nearly-two-year-old so it will be so neat to revisit your posts with my mum hat on. Also, that photo is perfect!! Well done you!

  3. Kelly on June 18th, 2018 5:29 pm

    Hooray!! Go, you! Yes, have been reading since way before then and will grab that for sure and will both spread the word and post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Congratulations!

  4. TinaNZ on June 18th, 2018 5:42 pm

    First book of many I hope :) Love that cover picture of Riley at his most suspicious.

  5. LD's Mom on June 18th, 2018 6:47 pm

    Yay!!! I’ve always thought “Linda should write a book.” Way to go. I’m gonna go buy it right now. Best wishes on its success.

  6. Wanda on June 18th, 2018 7:22 pm

    Yeah, I can’t wait to read it and revisit when Ripley was a baby. Love the photo!

  7. sarawr on June 18th, 2018 8:48 pm

    I’m so glad you got to do this thing. As blogs vanish I am more grateful for the ones I still love (as opposed to just the ones extant). I read you still because you are so, so good; you have a talent that extends beyond diarying into the void. Congratulations.

  8. Carmen on June 18th, 2018 10:02 pm

    I one-clicked that immediately! I’m so excited to re-read about Riley as a baby. I initially found you over at Purple is a Fruit and after reading for several months, it finally dawned on my slow post-partum brain that you probably had a blog elsewhere as well, and I’ve been reading ever since. Congratulations on the book!

  9. Karen on June 18th, 2018 10:50 pm

    I am so happy and proud of you for doing this. I love your writing, including your raw honesty and the clever way you put things. As the mom of a 14-year old boy, I often relate to your stories about the boys. I have been reading your blog for years and often wondered why a publisher hadn’t discovered your unique voice. I bought your book immediately and will post a great review on Amazon after I read it. Thank you for continuing to share your world.

  10. Alison on June 18th, 2018 11:30 pm

    Yay! Just purchased. The picture of Riley on the cover is just fantastic. Those eyebrows and pursed lips!

  11. Michelle on June 19th, 2018 5:27 am

    Yay! I just bought it, can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

  12. Pam on June 19th, 2018 5:35 am

    Congratulations! Great job.

  13. Michelle on June 19th, 2018 6:56 am

    Congratulations, author!

  14. Nikki on June 19th, 2018 7:30 am

    Oh Awesome!! I just got it and can’t wait to revisit those days. I’ve always loved your writing and your humor and have been a long time reader. Super proud that you did this!!

  15. Lucy Fisher on June 19th, 2018 8:04 am

    Yay you!!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  16. Corinne Brzeski on June 19th, 2018 10:21 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you. And for all the readers who somehow missed the blog but now get to enjoy your wonderful writing!

  17. Jill H on June 19th, 2018 12:04 pm

    Yay! I am so very excited you wrote a book! Going to order right now. Congrats!!

  18. Anne on June 19th, 2018 12:39 pm

    Yay! I just bought it! Can’t wait to read it!

  19. anon on June 19th, 2018 1:03 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited! Congratulations on your book!

  20. Lisa S on June 19th, 2018 1:07 pm

    Riley was such an adorable baby! I still can’t believe he’s a TEENAGER-TYPE-PERSON now.

  21. elembee123 on June 19th, 2018 3:16 pm

    YAAYYYYY!!! Congrats!!

  22. Annie on June 19th, 2018 5:58 pm

    Been a reader since the Diaryland days. I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to buy it. :)

  23. Donna on June 19th, 2018 7:28 pm

    Congratulations, Linda — I’m another who’s been reading you for years, laughing and crying along with you, while being totally envious of your writing skills. I look at that picture of Riley and wonder where the heck all the years have gone since that suspicious little babe began life and had us all waiting for your next post! I hope this book is only the first – well done, Linda!

  24. Jennifer J. on June 19th, 2018 10:07 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Linda! I couldn’t click that button quickly enough and am so excited to revisit this time with you! Been following since Riley was born and I can’t remember ever being so excited for someone I’ve never met. (The internet is so weird in so many ways.) I hope that you will continue to write if it is right for you. I will always be a loyal reader. You rock!

  25. Emily Dixon on June 21st, 2018 6:09 am

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to reread your hilarious and honest stories. How did Riley feel about being the cover model??

  26. Joanna on June 21st, 2018 10:20 am

    Congratulations! I look forward to the sequel which will feature that amazing viral selfie with Dylan photobombing in the corner…

  27. Chrissy on June 21st, 2018 12:23 pm

    Big congrats! Can’t wait to read those words all over again. :)

  28. Anne L. on June 24th, 2018 8:31 pm

    Yay!!!! Can’t wait to read!!! Congrats!

  29. Faye on June 27th, 2018 4:27 am

    Read it and loved it, Linda – well done!xxx

  30. JILL on July 5th, 2018 10:08 am

    I read the whole book. It was delightful. Literally made me laugh out loud in several parts. SO happy you wrote it; looking forward to more books by you :)

  31. Melanie J on July 7th, 2018 7:50 am

    Congratulations!! I didnt even finish reading the post and went and bought it. Lol. As someone who has read your site before your first baby i couldnt be happier for someone i e never met. Great accomplishment. my best friend and i who love you are thrilled for you. Feel free to get the restraining order from this crazy small Canadian fan club.

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  33. Darryll on July 18th, 2018 11:03 pm

    Congratulations Linda! Best of luck on this adventure! It looks like it’s going to be a huge success, and deservedly so. Cheers to you and yours.

  34. Carrie on August 13th, 2018 2:55 pm

    Read it on vacation and LOVED IT!!!

  35. Llz on August 21st, 2018 8:35 am

    Hello, I was trying to purchase this but it will only let me purchase on American Amazon and because I am Canadian is not available to purchase in anyway please let me know if there’s a way around this way if I can pay you via PayPal for this directly and have you sent it to me. Thank you so much I look forward to reading it

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