We mamas don’t necessarily have a ton of spare time to sit down with a good book (and certainly not as much as we might like). But this winter we are determined to find a few minutes here and there to cozy up with a good book—and there are quite a few on our list! If you truly don’t have a moment to spare for a paperback (we get it!), audiobooks are a great alternative! You can totally listen while folding laundry, nursing, or taking your daily wrap 'n' walk.
If you want parenting advice, read this:
We, like 1.5 million other parents, can’t get enough of Dr. Becky’s thoughtful, insightful parenting on Instagram. She shares tips on everything from handling criticism of your parenting style to dealing with toddler tantrums, all while removing judgment and comparison from the equation.
If you want to get lost in historical fiction, read this:
Set in the mining town of Moonstone, Colorado, at the turn of the 20th century, this epic tale follows the story of a small own girl, coal miners, and their struggles against ruthless mine owners during this time period. As conditions at the mine worsen, Sylvie tries to navigate between the two different worlds and struggles to choose sides amid conflicting relationships. Gilded Mountain explores the always relevant topics of coming of age, belonging, justice, equality and family.
If you want to dive into someone’s life story, read this:
Mary-Alice Daniel holds a Ph.D. in English literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California and won a Yale Younger Poets prize this year for her debut poetry collection. She was born in Nigeria before moving to England when she was a child, and thereafter to Tennessee. Currently residing in California, Daniel understands that the borders that delineate countries are made-up constructs forged by colonialism, which she explores in her debut memoir.
If you’re craving a cute romance, read this:
This Beauty & the Beast retelling follows Isabelle. Overworked and underpaid, conflicted about speaking up, she longs for something more. When she overhears her boss complaining about a “beastly” hot shot author who has yet to deliver his manuscript, she jumps at the chance to prove her worth and get some much-needed recognition. They find something sweet, and almost kind, but he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined. This tale is as old as time, proving to get to know someone you may just have to read between the lines.
If you feel like putting on your detective hat, read this:
Daisy Darker’s entire family reunites after years of avoiding each other. It's Nana’s 80th birthday party at her gothic, decaying home on a tiny island, accessible only during low tide. Everyone’s back together for the last time, cut off from the world for eight hours. As the clock strikes midnight, Nana is found dead. An hour later, another family member follows. Apparently, the Darkers are trapped with a murderer amongst them and will be forced to confront their darkest secrets in order to make it through the night.
If you want a book you can talk to your friends about, read this:
Cara Romero assumed she’d be working at the factory of little lamps for the remainder of her life. But when she loses her job in the Great Recession when she’s in her mid-50s, she’s back on the hunt. Cara narrates her story to a job counselor, going over her stormy love affairs, financial problems, gentrification, loss, and the truth behind her estranged relationship with her son. Shedding light on her darkest secrets and regrets, Cara is a woman that life has not been kind to, but she’s determined to be a fighter.