Harry Potter and the pregnant pause


ItBaby’s been a long time since anything has been posted to Cracking the Cover. There’s a reason for that — a 7 pound, 12 ounce reason. My daughter was born on Feb. 15, and getting her here was not easy.

While I was sick from the very beginning of my pregnancy, it was during the second trimester that things became interesting. At 19 weeks, I was admitted to the hospital with kidney problems. I ended up undergoing surgery and missing a month of work. The numerous medications I was on made it nearly impossible to accomplish anything. I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read and spent most of my days watching reruns of “Bones” on Netflix.

When the fog lifted, it was Harry Potter that I turned to. Sure I had stacks of books — both physical and digital — I needed to read and review, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate. I needed to read something easy and familiar. It took me two weeks to read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” If healthy, it would have taken me two hours. Slowly I worked my way through the series, and over time, my speed picked up. Once again I was caught up in the story. My love of reading returned.

Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer's_StoneThat love of reading continued throughout my pregnancy, but by the end of the day, the last thing I wanted to do was write. I’d get home from work and crash. Hence, no reviews.

Now I have stacks of books finished and ready for reviewing and a 7-week-old napping in the room next to me. I want to share my thoughts on these books that have waited so long to be reviewed, but I know that in order to get caught up, I’m going to have to cut some corners.

I hate cutting corners. It’s always been my policy to write a synopsis of a book rather than use a publisher’s blurb. I figure that if you’ve read it, you should be able to summarize it. However, desperate times call for desperate measures. In the following weeks, I will be using publisher blurbs (fully attributed) in my reviews. My reviews will also be shorter but should still give a clear picture of how I feel about each book.

Hopefully, I can get caught up quickly. I thank you for your patience and your continued support of Cracking the Cover. —Jessica

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About Author

Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.


  1. Natalie K. Stanley on

    Congratulations! Looking forward to your reviews as you get caught up but don’t let them get in the way of enjoying your beautiful baby!

  2. Congratulations, Jessica. I have no idea if you have my book to review, but nothing is as important as that sweet baby and your health. I remember the complications during my second son’s birth, and I was in a fog for months. Take your time and read for pleasure. The photo of your daughter is absolutely adorable. Congratulations again! A new world has been born for you.

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