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Seven Summer Reads For Moms

7 Summer Reads That All Mothers Should ConsiderAre you a mother looking for a diverse, fun, and engaging summer reading list? Then you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of the best and most beloved books for your summer reading. Many of these books are modern and focused on unique and engaging concepts. Others are classics and designed to appeal to the nature of motherhood.

So whether you're a fan of fiction, nonfiction, or love both, we have you covered! We are sure that any mother will find a book on our list that she will love to read. 


"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

This classic of British Gothic literature is one of the strongest, most passionate, and troubling romances ever told. It's a good example of the power of tragic love and is a good lesson for mothers who are raising a daughter who is starting to date. Try to warn her away from a Heathcliff! They never turn out the way you want.

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers

Any mother who is raising an awkward or misunderstood child needs to read McCullers' stunning debut novel. In it, you will experience a group of outcasts who are struggling to feel loved. McCullers treats these odd people in a very respectful way, creating an engaging novel that is hard to forget.

"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah

This more recent book is a perfect choice for any mother who is a history buff. It also helps teach her about some of the darker days of world history and provides her and her daughters with a better understanding of the world. Set in France during WWII, the book tells the story of two French sisters who find their own way to deal with the death of their mother and abandonment by their father. 

"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins 

If you are into high-quality psychological thrillers, they don't get any more shocking than this one. It focuses on a young woman who is trying to recover from a spotty life, including alcoholism. During her daily train ride, she sees something that is shocking and quickly pulls her into an inescapable downward spiral. This book helps showcase how women can behave in a dangerous situation.

"Spark Joy" by Marie Kondo

For mothers who have a lot of children to take care of (or who have a particularly messy partner), this book is a must. It gives you great instructions on how to fold and organize various items in your home. You'll also get tips on how to eliminate clutter and ways to get your children to start cleaning up with you. A fun, breezy, and informative read.

"A Girl’s Guide to Moving On" by Debbie Macomber

Are you or one of your daughter's going through a messy romantic situation? This book may be a lifesaver. It features a mother and daughter combo going through mutual heartache and working together to recover. In many ways, it can help you and your daughter get through a difficult time with courage and strength.

"Pride And Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Does your daughter like to make advanced judgments of people before giving them a chance to explain themselves? Then you should read this book with her. It is a classic of Austen's dry wit and showcases the ways that jumping to conclusions can be wrong and that first impressions aren't always right. Read it together and grow closer as a mother and daughter.

These great books are just a tip of the iceberg for a mother's reading list. Enjoy your summer reads!

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting, Summer

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