If you’re an avid reader of The Nashville Mom, then you, no doubt. have come to love Erin’s monthly “Toddler Book Club” posts. If you ask me, they’re genius! But, what’s a mama to do when the babes go to bed and you’re itching for something with a few more words and a few less pictures?
Well, allow me to share some of my favorite must read books for all you mamas!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who always has a stack of half-read books on her nightstand. It’s not that I never finish them, it’s that I like a variety of choices on any given day. I was once told that when you view reading as a form of true entertainment, you should give yourself the freedom to read something that suits your mood on any given day. So, unless you’re a speed reader, it makes sense to have a few different books in your rotation at all times, right? Right!
So, here’s a quick round up of my top reads in a handful of genres.
The Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. If you’re a lady and you haven’t read P&P, then get thee to a library immediately. You will immediately understand about 5,000 references found in pop-culture as well as be enthralled with one of literature’s most endearing love triangles. A book you can read and reread a dozen times without tiring. It’s pure gold!
Historical Non-Fiction: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This book is equal part history and mystery. A fascinating true story as told through seamless narrative of letters, telegrams, and Larson’s own words, Devil is a page turner. Based on the presentation of World’s Fair in Chicago in the 1920’s, Larson brings to life architectural history and the gripping account of Chicago’s serial killer of the day. Oh, and Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in Martin Scorsese’s screen version later this year. Need I say more??
Series: Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you’ve read at least one of the seven HP books. If your rock is really big, then you’ve certainly seen of the movies. However, allow me to point out, there there is no better series written in modern times better than Harry Potter. Although it was originally written for children, the life lessons taught in each of these exciting, adventurous stories are beautiful and full of wisdom. So, whether you consider yourself a fan of spells, or you’re looking for your next perfect parenting book, Harry Potter can fill the ticket!
For the Heart: Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Originally gaining recognition for her TED talks on vulnerability and shame (light stuff, right?), Brene Brown is considered the foremost authority on the wholeheartedness that comes from living a life that truly embraces you loving you. This book has changed my perspective on…well…pretty much everything. From self-worth, to marriage, to professionalism, to parenting, to creativity, Brown covers it all. And she does it with such grace and gumption that you can’t help but be moved.
Novel: Where You’d Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. This is a funny, heart-warming, quick read that will have you hugging yourself laughing at the comedy of errors that can be parenting, all while wanting to hug your littles a little tighter at the end of the day. If you’re just getting into the idea of reading as a hobby, this is a great place to start. Bernadette is quirky, fierce, and sure to keep you on your toes!
Biography: Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly. Considering that JFK and Jackie O are the closest to royalty the US has ever known, this biographical account of John Kennedy’s life and death is fascinating. The stories included weave in and out of politics, lust, devotion, crisis, and loyalty. Another easy read, this will be a fun one to have in your rotation during an election year!
Lifestyle: The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. Reading more like a text book (on a subject you actually care about ;)) than anything else, The Honest Life is a great guide to living simply and healthily. From the story of how Alba came to create The Honest Co. to her favorite chemical-free decorating tips, there is something for every type of mama included in this book. Perfect as a gift, or a coffee table book, this selection is one you can pick up here and there and not miss a beat!
So, there you have it! What’s are your must read books, and who wants to start a mama’s book club!?