What We’re Reading: Mamas’ Choice Book List!


With Spring Break coming up, we thought it would be fun to ask some of you Motherlode mamas to suggest a few good reads we could take along in a suitcase — or just keep on the bedside table.

Here’s a sampling of your suggestions (click on the book title to go read more about it at Amazon):

519ktn0-krl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa300_sh20_ou01_.jpgSally: In the past 6 months I’ve finished quite a few books but I liked Jodi Picoult’s book Handle with Care!

Trista: The Lovely Bones (wasn’t impressed with the movie, loved the book) and Lucky: A Memoir, both by Alice Sebold.

Kimberly: Angela’s Ashes a memoir by Frank McCourt, The Great Santini by Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

51hmll1yirl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa300_sh20_ou01_.jpgCorbett: I just finished reading Same Kind of Different As Me ... FANTASTIC!!! Also… Sheet Music is great for couples struggling in the bedroom!

Savanah: Here’s the first ones to come to mind that I think other mamas may like. I’m a bibliomaniac, though, so there’s plenty more where these came from. Haha!

513ie6zy3al_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa300_sh20_ou01_.jpgBelieving It All, Or What My Children Taught Me About Trout Fishing, Jelly Toast, and Life — by Marc Parent (A must read for anyone who’s ever loved a small child!)

An all-time fave, an epic tale– The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Best recent reads– Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, & The Jewels of Tessa Kent by Judith Krantz 

51g9uot6rl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa300_sh20_ou01_.jpgAnd a nonfiction that I think every parent should read– Endangered Minds by Jane M. Healy

One more — Paula, by Isabel Allende. It’s a true story, about a woman writing her family history for her daughter– who is in a coma– after she realizes that there are many things that she never got a chance to tell her daughter.

Thanks for all the great book ideas, moms! Whether you’re leaving town for Spring Break or enjoying a stay-cation, we hope you find time for some literary pursuits along with your other adventures. Happy reading!

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  1. Have read Lovely Bones and Angela’s Ashes…both were great. If you liked Angelas ashes…read ‘Tis by Frank McCourt. I just finished Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and about to start The Time Travelers wife. Am also reading “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”….I keep the Kindle burning :O)

  2. I’m reading Olive Kitteredge (Elizabeth Stout), and I just picked up Little Bee and Girl With a Dragon Tattoo … I wish I could spend a weekend (or at least a day) just curled up with my books!

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