We love to read in the Rodriguez house, and I have written many posts about my girls and their favorite books. Growing up, I always had a few books that I would work on simultaneously because it was hard to choose just one!
Since becoming a mom, I haven’t had as much time “left over” for myself, but I’ve decided to work on this and really make reading a priority again. I find reading to be relaxing, and it is an escape into another world! I saw a quote recently that said reading is a form of time travel, and I couldn’t agree more!
I wanted to share a few of the books I have been reading these days — as you’ll see, they are all over the place! Some are purely for entertainment, while others have been helpful in my daily life. There’s something here for moms in every stage of mommyhood!
Here are my 8 Must Read Books for Moms:
How to Potty Train in a Weekend, by Becky Mansfield
You might have seen this book on Pinterest before, as it has been a top-seller and trusted resource for moms since it was released. Becky potty trained all four (yes, four!) of her kids by eighteen months old, so she must know what she’s doing! Annabelle is about to be eighteen months in November, and while I’m not in a rush for my baby to grow up, it can’t hurt to be prepared, as she is definitely showing signs of being curious about using the toilet.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business, but thought it was out of your reach? #GIRLBOSS is the true story of how one woman built a fashion empire from very humble beginnings. Think you’re too young, too old, too inexperienced, not “lucky” enough? Sophia’s story proves it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, as long as you have the passion and the determination! It’s impossible to NOT be inspired!
In This Together: My Story, by Ann Romney
If you’re not familiar with Ann Romney, you might recognize her last name. Ann is married to former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. No matter your political views, Ann’s story is worth the read — diagnosed with MS at a relatively young age, Ann refused to give up on life and her husband has been by her side throughout all of the ups and downs of her journey. I love autobiographies, and In This Together shows that there are real people behind the public facades in politics.
Parenting with Purpose, by Nina V. Garcia
This is a thoughtful resource full of practical advice for moms with kids of all ages. If you’ve been dealing with tantrums or are looking for ways to create better communication with your child (and there’s no shame in seeking advice or new ideas), then this book is a must-read!
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger
Breastfeeding is something that I am passionate about, but it is not something that came easily for me! La Leche League International is such an amazing resource for breastfeeding moms, and they recently updated their bestselling guide to all things breastfeeding. It would make the perfect gift for an expecting mom who is planning to breastfeed, because those first few weeks can be tough and it is invaluable to have a wealth of information and encouragement on hand when you need it most. (Trust me, I’ve been there!)
Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling & Lisa Ling
This was a fascinating read! Television journalist Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were captured and held prisoner in North Korea and this book takes you through the experience from both the inside (as told by Laura) AND on the outside (as told by her sister, Lisa Ling). I don’t know about you, but I am so intrigued by parts of the world that we don’t get to see much about, and I could barely put this book down until I was finished!
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Have you read any memorable books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations so I can check them out!