Summer means a little bit more time to relax from the hustle and bustle of the school year schedule. Maybe you allow your kids to stay up a bit later, play outside after bath time or swim at the pool all day. But what about you? How do you relax and enjoy the summer for yourself? It’s time for summer reading for moms! One of my goals each summer is to “catch up” on all of the books I want to read during the school year that always seemed to get pushed to the back of my night stand because of busy schedules and work. This summer I am lucky to have some serious “me” time while the kiddos do day camp for a few weeks. And you better believe that I am going to enjoy every minute of it! My goal for each day is at least one hour of reading (my bigger goal is one book per week). And I better get going, because I have a stack of books to get through! Science will back me up in case anyone tries to call me lazy!
My favorite category of books is fiction. I lean mostly toward books written by women meant for a mostly female audience. Eat, Pray, Love, The Help, The Devil Wears Prada, What Alice Forgot – I have read them all and enjoyed every juicy moment! I also love non-fiction that has a comedic or dramatic twist. In the last few months, I read the biographies/memoirs of Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Leah Remini and Anderson Cooper. I also try to keep up with the young adult novels my students are reading in English class so I can try to tie them into my own class.
During the school year I often listen to audiobooks on my Audible app while I am doing dishes or folding laundry at night. But I much prefer to have a real book in my hand. I love folding down the pages and watching my progress as I move along the story. I can bring my book to the pool and get some sun while I get lost in the words on the page.
This summer I have a small library of books to read. Here they are in no particular order:
- The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
- The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
- Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
- Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road by Sarah Bowen Shea & Dimity McDowell
If none of these strike you as something you might like, check out some of the following resources from local libraries.
What is on your summer reading list? Happy reading!