Before having kids, I was an avid reader. I could pick up a book and read it cover to cover without putting it down. Then I had kids and my reading beyond an article on facebook came to a complete halt. After adding my 4th kid to our family I was was felling overwhelmed and couldn’t think of one thing I was doing for myself on a regular basis. When I thought about something I could do for a little selfceare that was just for me, reading immediately came to mind. I started reading a little in the morning and a little at bedtime instead of spending that time on the phone (literally just 10-15 minutes) and I managed to finish over 20 books last year. It was the best decision I made for myself and I want to share some of that with you. So here is a list of 12 books to read in 2019…Some I have read and some I plan to read and I hope you will join me…
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- Becoming by Michelle Obama. Well if this book isn’t on your list already you are missing out. With this book, Michelle Obama opened up about so many personal things including her struggle with fertility and marriage. It is absolutely a must read for women of all walks of life.
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Imagine you thought you were a happily married woman expecting your first child and then woke up to discover that you are a mom of 3 in the process of divorcing your husband… Could you imagine??? This is a slice of life type of book with such an interesting perspective from the author of Big Little Lies (remember the HBO Series everyone was raving about with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman) and it is a page turner.
- The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.To many of us mommas say no to ourselves too often. Many of us prioritize the needs of our family over ourselves and we feel guilty for putting ourselves first and yet at the same time feel resentment for never being able to do anything for ourselves. Well this book is inspiration to say yes to you. Shonda Rhimes will inspire you to do the things that you have a 1,000 reasons not too and all the things that make you uncomfortable. Because at the end of the day every mom deserves to prioritize herself.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. The tediousness that comes along with day-to-day motherhood can be frustrating and overwhelming and can make it difficult to find the joy in parenting. Author Gretchen Rubin found herself struggling with this and decided to start taking small actionable steps to change that. I have decided to take this journey for myself and share my own version I am calling 40 Ways To Prioritize Me as I follow through with this book.
- The Solace Of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts. This is an amazing story about an unlikely friendship that develops between two moms. These woman that become neighbors lead completely opposite lives and yet find themselves connecting through their painful journeys through motherhood.
- Drop The Ball by Tiffany Dufu. Are you guilty of “Super Mom Syndrome”… you know the need to do everything for everyone all at the same time? Don’t worry you are definitely not alone. So many moms are doing the same thing and then feel overwhelmed and under appreciated. The thing is, most of us are doing it to ourselves. Ouch…That truth hurts a little… But in this book Tiffany Dufu walks you through it by sharing her own story and helps moms figure out how to change it so that you don’t feel like you are doing it all by yourself.
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I think every mom can agree that mornings are hard. Almost every mom can relate to dragging kids out the bed, repeating the same directions 10,000 times and feeling like you are running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? I am not a morning person at all but this book changed the way I look at mornings and if you still aren’t convinced I have shared reasons why moms should get up before our kids.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Honestly, if you have ever had a uterus of any sorts, this book is completely anxiety producing. It has a way of reminding you of the rights we have has women and freaking you out at how plausible it is that our rights could be gone in the blink of an eye. And Margaret Atwood is currently writing a follow-up and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
- Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley. Humor, motherhood and sisterhood are definitely topics that go together and have the makings of a great book. And who doesn’t love a little drama around social media. I have seen this book pop up on a few reading lists and highly suggest you add it to yours.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. This book is on my reading list fo this year. I love a good story about a mother making difficult choices for their child. Add a period piece and lots of drama to the story and I am in for sure.
- I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam.These days everyone wears busyness like a badge of honor. We seem have a million things to do and no time to get all of them done. But this book ask readers to take a look at how we are actually spending our time and showing how we do have the time for the things that we need and want to do and even supports that by showing the schedules of successful working mothers.
- Born Survivors by Wendy Holden. We all know that the journey to motherhood is no easy task but imagine you are on that journey as a Jewish woman in the midst of the Holocaust. This book follows the story of 3 women discovering they are pregnant while living in Auschwitz.
Do you have any must read books that you love? Please share with us.
Elisha Beach is a stay-at-home mom to four kids and four step-kids…Yes, you read that right—eight kids. She is a wife, home cook, taxi driver, herder of children, terrible housekeeper and founder of The Mom Forum.
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