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I live ten minutes from the beach and I can’t remember the last time I relaxed under the beaming rays of the sunshine, lost in a book. Ahhh, those were the days! Let’s face it…with children in the picture, reading just ain’t the same.
Between all of the TV series we’re trying to binge-watch, and pinning away on Pinterest, many moms wish we had more time to read. If you’re like me, you’re sneaking in pages on your Kindle during middle-of-the-night feedings, in the car when your SO is driving, on the treadmill, or in a small 1970s throwback room waiting for an oil change.
Whether there is actually time to read, it’s always good to know what good books are out there in case we unexpectedly find ourselves with time and quiet (#Powerball #LiveInNanny #FijiVacation). I’ll admit, I haven’t read a full book since I had my sweet baby boy in July. I’ve tried.
I bought Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology right before our trip to Disney. Prior to the 8-hour drive, I envisioned myself reading pages and pages while my children watched movies and my baby slept away the passing landscapes. I didn’t open the book once during that exciting trip that found me passing out in bed after each long day. I have found books I need to read, books I want to read, those my friend’s have already suggested they love, and books, I, myself — once upon a quiet time — have read and enjoyed.
I have an energetic 14-month-old, a boisterous 6-year-old, and a loquacious 7-year-old — all boys. I likely won’t fit in much more reading than those fleeting moments I mentioned in the beginning of this post any time soon. Alas, until then, I will keep a running list and if 2016 turns into 2018 before I can binge-read…well, c’est la vie!
Here are some of the books that have had an impact on me in the last year or so which I somehow found time to read in their entirety and I highly recommend…
Love Warrior (Oprah’s Book Club): A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton
I read this book in ONE NIGHT! I was turned on to this book by the amazing Marie Forleo, named by Oprah (the two authors obviously have Oprah in common!) as a thought leader for the next generation. An inspiration herself, her advice has always led me to wonderful growth in my life. In Love Warrior, I found such inspiration in personal healing and resilience. The Chicago Tribune described Love Warrior as “A book with so much painful truth packed into its pages that every person who’s ever married or plans to marry should really give it a read.” And so I did. And so should you! The new you will thank you!
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India & Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
Not only have I read this book and highlighted so many passages throughout…I have re-read this book! The movie doesn’t quite do it justice, so you can’t cheat and just watch the flick! Seriously, this book is life-changing.
The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
Escape with these girlfriends when yours are too busy chasing their kids to answer your texts!
The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison
The title says it all…and whom better to learn these lessons than the parents of wee ones who see delight in each and every single day!
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Mesmerizing. I couldn’t put this book down and I’m still thinking about it months after having read it. A must-read!
Room by Emma Donoghue
Written from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy, this book will take your breath away!
How Running Changed My Life: True Stories of the Power of Running by Garth Battista
When I discovered my passion for running a few years ago, it was a joy to read how running has inspired and moved (no pun intended *wink wink*) so many!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I actually downloaded the audio version of this book to listen to during an 8-hour road trip this summer. The trip felt like it took an hour and throughout my girls weekend at the lake, I couldn’t wait to get back on the road to finish this captivating book!
Which books would you recommend other moms read in 2016?
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