I love to read. If (or more like when) I got in trouble as a kid my mom would ground me from reading. I can’t even say that I’m embarrassed to be a book nerd, because I am not. Did you know that 28 percent of Americans have not read a single book in the last year? That hurts me. According to these numbers I am in the minority (only 8 percent) who have read more than 50 books in the last year.
Whether you enjoy reading or not, here are three books written by moms I think you should read this year.
Take it Like a Mom, by Stephanie Stiles:
This book was hilarious. I read it last year and I still rank it among one of the funniest books I have read (need I remind you, I read a lot. So this says a lot). This story features Annie, a lawyer turned-stay-at-home mom. Annie faces off with a three-year old, a surprise pregnancy and the “it” mom at the playground. Stiles does a great job of making the daily struggles of being a mom and adding humor and insight. If you have ever looked in the mirror and wondered whether you had showered already or not, you’ll enjoy the fun mommy-humor. I left the book feeling normal and grateful for it!
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White:
Though White didn’t have any children of her own, she was a step-mom to three kids with her second husband, and is still a mom in my book. Betty White is just a funny woman, so I knew when I picked this up, the book was going to be funny. White blends tales of her obsession with animals and snippets of her time in Hollywood for the perfect book to pass a few free hours.
The short chapters make it easy to sneak in a few pages while waiting for an appointment or hiding in the bathroom.
Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish by Betsy Schow:
This isn’t a diet book although you will put the book down inspired to get your butt in gear. Schow reflects on her quest to lose 75 pounds and change her life. Schow, the mom of two, talks about her struggles with losing weight, in particular, learning to finish a goal. The realistic view point was refreshing and encouraging. Schow didn’t claim that losing weight was easy, and in fact addressed her struggles with sticking to her goals. As someone who has tried to lose weight several times it was nice to read about someone who didn’t sugarcoat the weight loss process. It is a short, sweet read (and light enough to toss in your purse without weighing your bag down).
If you are looking for a good read, support the writer mamas out there and grab one of these goodies from your library.
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