Most moms truly do enjoy reading, but finding the time to do so can be tough.  You try to fit in some quiet time between your job, your mommy-duties, and everything else you have going on in your life.  Along with some help from my friends, I’ve compiled a list that you can take with you the next time you visit your local book store and you can grab the right book for the right mood.  Read below and you’ll see what I mean!

 The “My Kids Are Around, So I Can’t Concentrate Completely on This Book” kind of Mood

These are easy reads that don’t need total concentration, but are still great reads nonetheless!

1.   In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
2.   The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer (go ahead and try it!)
3.   The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisenberger
4.   The Other Boleyn Girl & The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory
5.   White Oleander by Janet Fitch
6.   Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
7.   Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
8.   Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
9.   House Rules by Jodi Picoult
10.   The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The “I Want to Better Myself or My Life, and Learn Something” kind of Mood

1.   The Four Agreements by Don Miquel Ruiz
2.   Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
3.   Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
4.   Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
5.   The Shack by William P. Young
6.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
7.   The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
8.   The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
9.   Still Alice by Lisa Genova
10.   The Art or Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The “I Finally Have Some Quality Time Alone” kind of Mood

These are the books whose message and story will remain with you long after you read them

1.   Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (read TMoM bio here)
2.   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
3.   Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
4.   The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
5.   One Day by David Nicholls
6.   The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
7.   A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
8.   Perfection by Julie Metz
9.   Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
10.   Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The “I Need Help Raising My Kids and Will MAKE TIME to Read” kind of Mood

1.   Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
2.   Helping Your Child Sleep Through the Night by Joanne Cuthbertson & Ausanna Schevill
3.   1, 2, 3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan
4.   Bringing Up Boys by James C. Dobson
5.   How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk  by Adele Faber
6.   Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child – The Heart Of Parenting by John Gottman
7.   The Happiest Baby on the Block– By Harvey Karp, MD
8.   The Trouble with Boys : A Surprising Report Card on our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents and Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre
9.   Confident Teens: How to Raise a Positive, Confident and Happy Teenager By Gael Lindenfield
10.   Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazleton

So what are your favorite picks?  Please share comments on any of the books above that you have read, or add more to our list by giving us the titles below!

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