Spring Books: 10 Books for Moms to Get Excited About This Spring
It's finally spring, which, for me, means two things and two things only: 1) I can finally kick my kids outside and 2) they will finally be tired enough at night to let me indulge in my favorite bedtime ritual of reading.
Insert a mother's evil laugh here: Muahahaha!
Call me boring, but I have loved reading since I read my first book at the age of two. (Swearsies, my mom said it, so it must be true. Also, she claims I was walking by eight months, so take it for what you will.) There is nothing more satisfying to me than tucking into a big, comfy bed at the end of the night with the window open and that fresh spring air coming in, while I crack open a new book. If you're a book lover like me, here are some great new reads you'll want to add to your spring reading list! And, of course, books always make a great Mother's Day present too. Husband, if you're reading this, hint, hint …
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The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
I got this book courtesy of my monthly Cozy Reader Club box (which, for the record, I love SO much) and it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Think Emily Giffin meets Gray's Anatomy. It's got romance, medical drama, and twists and turns. It was a fun, satisfying read that you could definitely take to the park with you while the kids play.
I'm assuming everyone and their mother will be getting this book for Mother's Day, but come on, it's Joanna Gaines. Girl's on top of the world right now! I personally love cookbooks but hate cooking so most likely, I will just be looking at the pretty pictures in here and dreaming of quitting my job to flip houses with my husband. It makes perfect sense, OK?
Girl Wash Your Face
I've followed Rachel Holis for a while now and she's got a pretty inspiring story: From getting rejected for her first book to self-publishing to having publishers than come begging, she's a woman who has worked hard to get where she's at. And her book is all about helping moms do the same thing. If you need a fresh start for spring, this might be the book for you.
Liturgy of the Ordinary
So much of motherhood is spent doing the monotonous, ordinary things that feel completely unglamorous and boring. But on the flip side, it's exactly those boring, unglamorous things that make our lives, right? So how do we combine the two? This book hopes to do just that, by shining a new, sacred light into things we do every day, right down to brushing our teeth.
The Perfect Mother
OK, so this book probably isn't best for you if you have any form of anxiety or avoid scary movies. That would be me, 100%, so I'm not sure I will be able to read this book, but if you like suspense novels and/or mysteries, you'll probably love this. The plot centers around a group of mothers who all have babies in May and meet up regularly. One of the moms is a single mom who didn't want to leave her newborn son with a sitter, but all of the other moms insisted he'd be fine, don't be silly, what a “first-time mom she was!”, just come out and relax and have a few drinks. So reluctantly, she left him with a sitter and went to dinner — and then he was stolen from his crib. Gulp. I am literally sweating just thinking of this story.
This is a book from last year, but it's been on my list for that long because, well, life. The premise of this book sounds so juicy though: it's about a woman who becomes a housekeeper to a perfect Instagram mom who runs a blog about motherhood. Online, the mom seems perfect, but what the housekeeper discovers tells a different story … (Also, this one is super cheap right now!)
A Lady's Guide to Selling Out: A Novel
This book will appeal to writers and book lovers especially, as it's told from the perspective of a woman immersed in the literary world. From the book's description: “Told in an unforgettable voice, with razor-sharp observations about everything from feminism to pop culture to social media, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out is the story of a young woman untangling the contradictions of our era and trying to escape the rat race—by any means necessary.”
This book looks downright fascinating. It's a memoir by Tara Westover, who went from being raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho to teaching herself math and grammar and getting into Cambridge.
One Beautiful Dream
I had the pleasure of interviewing radio host, author, and mom of six (yes, six!) Jennifer Fulwiler about her Level A mom fail status leaving a pair of earrings stuck in her ears for over an entire decade and I can assure you that she's the real deal. Funny and real, I've been looking forward to her new book, One Beautiful Dream, which details all the ways that moms can use their gifts to better not only their own lives but that of their children's as well. It releases May 1st, but you can pre-order now so you'll have it in time for Mother's Day!
All We Ever Wanted
Of course, no book list would be complete without my personal favorite author, Emily Giffin, and her new novel, All We Ever Wanted. It doesn't come out until June, but you can pre-order now and I assure you, it will be worth it. Also, if you haven't read her books yet, I recommend starting with Baby Proof, it's my favorite!