8 Books You Should Have on Your Nightstand Right Now

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The best book recommendations come from the mom (blogger!) next door. See which books the smartest, savviest women we know are reading!

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Norine Dworkin-McDaniel is the co-creator of Science of Parenthood, an illustrated humor blog that uses faux math and snarky science to “explain” baffling parenting situations.

Her book recommendation: House of Mirth by Edith Wharton:

“One of my favorite books is Edith Wharton's House of Mirth, a tragically beautiful commentary on the machinations required for an unmarried woman to maintain her tenuous toehold in 1890s New York society when she has no family and no assets besides her beauty and skill at encouraging men to fall in love with her.

“Every time I read this book (and I've read it many times), my heart breaks for Wharton's tragic heroine, Lily Bart, because she knows what she has to do to live the life she wants — marry a wealthy man — but can't ever bring herself to do it. Wharton makes me cry every time.”

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Shell Roush works as a social media manager and blogger as well as being a mom to three very active little boys.

Her book recommendation: Landline by Rainbow Rowell:

“We all change as we get older, but what would you say to your younger self (or your spouse back when he was still just that guy you were dating), knowing what you do know now? Landline suspends reality and lets us get a glimpse at this ‘What if?' “

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Sarah Rudell Beach is a writer, teacher, mother, and mindfulness ambassador. Find her at Left Brain Buddha.

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Her book recommendation: Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali:

“I would most recommend the book that I honestly can say changed my life. This book introduced me to mindfulness several years ago during a tough time in my life and taught me how to live in a better relationship to my thoughts and emotions and to be a better person and mother.”

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Tonya D. Wertman is an OC mom to her 5-year-old son and infant daughter, a reluctant dog owner, lover of Dave Matthews, an obsessive picture taker, and a blogger at Letters for Lucas.

Her book recommendation: Wonder by R.J. Palacio:

“I know Y.A. books are all the rage right now because they require little commitment, deal with tender topics, are easy to read, and are often very good! I've read a lot of them … The Twilight and Divergent series, The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, Eleanor & Park, etc., but one stands out: Wonder by R. J. Palacio. If you have not read this book, please do!

“Wonder is both heart breaking and heart warming, a must read for students, educators, parents and children of all ages. Palacio writes the novel from different characters' perspectives surrounding August, a young boy with a facial abnormality. And the overall message — be kinder to each other and to ourselves — is one we all need to be reminded of.”

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Angela Amman is a storyteller, a mother and wife, and a freelance writer who works on her latest short story when she should be sleeping.

Her book recommendation: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides:

“In The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides uses evocative, hazy prose to explore the suicides of the Lisbon sisters, outsiders who become the object of brooding, pubescent obsession, morphing into a single entity of feminine mystery.”

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Christine Siracusa is a mom, actor, and latent farmer living in Brooklyn. Find her on her personal site.

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Her book recommendation: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:

“I think a lot about the way our life experiences, particularly the hard ones, shape us and to what extent we should allow them to change us. This book investigates what might happen if you from 10 years ago met your current self with NO MEMORY of the events that had led you to this point. What pain, resentments, feelings of failure might fall away? What would stick?”

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Megan McClain is a work-at-home and an out-of-home mom, college student, and writer at Sunshine Wonderland.

Her book recommendation: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley:

“I recommend this book because the King Arthur legends are beautifully told from the women's perspectives, who were passive characters or antagonists in the chivalrous tales.”

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Anne Parris is one of the partners behind Midlife Boulevard, an online magazine for women over 40.

Her book recommendation: Time and Again by Jack Finney:

“I love Time and Again by Jack Finney. It's a science-fiction novel from 1970 about time travel but with a realistic, almost historical, feel to it.”

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8 Books You Should Have on Your Nightstand Right Now

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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