Did you think your reading days ended when tiny children filled your life?
But trust me—and a bunch of other moms—that’s just not the case! You CAN find time to read… it just takes the right book to draw you in and convince you to leave the dishes ’til morning. Today, we’re here to share a handful of books that you need to read this year. If this list seems daunting, just pick one and let our recommendations lead you to a second and beyond.
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman
The movie version of this book is currently in theaters because it's the book we all want to see come to life! Follow Tom and Isabel, Australian lighthouse keepers, as they secretly adopt a baby who washes ashore after suffering their own losses.
"It's heartbreaking, but wonderful. It really makes you think about what it means to be a mother, and what defines family. Plus, the writing is really beautiful, and although the story seems far-fetched at first the characters are very real and you get attached to them quickly." -Kelly B.
At the end of the 19th century, 17-year-old newlywed, Julie, gives a unique and timeless perspective on marriage while working "hard as a man" to survive the elements and more.
"I found the main character, a young newlywed and young mom, very relatable even though her life was significantly harder than mine. I connected with her and the way she saw the world." - Mary S.
"Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery
Take a journey to Eastern Canada where young orphan Anne finds family, friends, and love.
"I can't get enough of the romance and I find new little lessons every time I re-read them. Plus I just can't wait to introduce her to my girls!" - Chaunie B.
"Operating Instructions" by Anne Lamott
As a single, 35-year-old mother, Anne Lamott shares the story of her son's first year of life.
"Hilarious, gritty honesty on single, first-time motherhood infused with intense love and devotion." - Maggie E.
"Surprised By Motherhood" by Lisa-Jo Baker
"Everything I never expected about being a mom" pretty much sums up Lisa-Jo Baker's transition from traveling advocate to becoming a mom just like you and me.
"Really fantastic. I love hearing her story about how she never wanted to be a mother (since she lost her own mother at a young age), but now she's had four children and she's learned so many lessons along the way." - Kristen A.
You CAN find time to read… it just takes the right book to draw you in and convince you to leave the dishes ’til morning.
"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant
The book of Genesis briefly mentions Jacob's daughter, Dinah. And while historically we know practically nothing about her, but Anita Diamant grows her story into a full and fabulous tale of what could have been.
"It’s a first-person narrative from the perspective of a minor character from the Bible, Dinah, who also tells the story of her mother. I love the book's imagery and lush writing. Here's my favorite quote: 'If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother's life - without flinching or whining - the stronger the daughter.'" -Jay M.
"Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life" by Glennon Melton
Life is hard and accepting that opens doors and empowers us to carry on. This memoir of sorts will be a book you read over and over.
"I mean, I love Glennon Melton and her site, Momastary, so this book could do no wrong." - Briana M.
"Women are Scary" by Melanie Dale
Get ready to laugh as author, Melanie Dale, explore "momlationships." It's awkward and awesome all at once!
"This is the follow-up to "It's Not Fair - Learning To Love the Life You Didn't Choose." She's hilarious, poignant, and profound and she tackles all the topics others avoid." - Jeanette P.
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
During World War 2, two French sisters experience very different sides of war. You will never forget their stories!
"I loved it because there were two main heroines in the story and I related to parts of each." - Renee B.
A modern day Australian family digs deep into their past to discover how their mysterious past made their local celebrities.
"An oldie, but goody from my favorite author! And it has nothing to do about wedding anniversaries!" - Rose E.
"For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker
Join Jen as she reflects on life with humor and truth! This book will leave you nodding your head and reflecting on your faith. A great read for REAL moms.
"It's short, essay style chapters make it easy for busy moms to read since it can be digested in small chunks when you find free time. It's hilarious and encouraging and never too preachy." -Lauren H.
If you don’t feel up to the task of sitting on the couch and reading while your children run amuck, feel free to try any of these titles in audiobook while driving to and from school. Or, when you’re tempted to scroll Facebook while nursing or rocking little ones to sleep, consider an e-reader with a soft light and you’ll be marking books off your list left and right!