A Busy Mom’s List Of Must Read Books

A Busy Mom’s List Of Must Read Books

Since I was a child, I’ve always been a reader. That’s translated into my adult life too. My only issue is getting into “book ruts,” I’ll read something so satisfying that I struggle finding my next read. It’s a constant struggle. Sometimes I’ll go months without picking up a book only to finally get the urge to read and devour a whole novel in one day. I’m also very picky about my reading. When I say that, I mean I’m not into the popular trend of reading ‘smut’ novels. Every once in a while a little romance and passion is fine, but to base all of my reading on that? Not for me.

So if you’re in a reading rut like me, and looking for suggestions, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books I’ve read lately. Hope you enjoy!

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I am a sucker for a good historical fiction novel. It’s my favorite genre by far. This story follows two sisters, separated by the perils of World War 2 in France. It’s a beautiful, sad story with just the right amount of romance and drama to keep the pages turning.

2. The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart: Another historical fiction novel. The story circles around two characters, both from different backgrounds. A former orphan who chose marriage to better her situation when tragedy strikes and leaves her a widow, she’s forced to go undercover as a man to find work in a turpentine farm where conditions are hard and the leadership is brutal. The other character is a young man, trying to make it on his own who finds himself at the same turpentine farm and also deals with the challenges. Y’all, I finished this in a day. Such an easy read.

A Busy Mom's List Of Must Read Books3. The Institute by Stephen King: I am an avid Stephen King fan and have been since I was a child. While I may not like all of his works, or find some of his stories to be difficult or slow reads, this was the opposite. I LOVED this book. The basis is a group of children deemed special “mutants” by the government. Armed with powers like telepathy and clairvoyance, they’re kidnapped and brought to a government institute to help bring down high ranking political figures with their powers.

4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Set in New York, it follows the lives of four friends each with different personalities brought together by one common thread, their love for one another. It’s what I’m currently reading and can sometimes be a tricky one because of length and the amount of detail in each chapter but the reviews are wonderful and I thoroughly look forward to finishing it.

5. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver: An emotional, sometimes tough read. Be prepared to feel emotions for the main character, a boy living an incredibly challenging life with many obstacles placed in his way. From an addict mother, to abuse, being put through the system, then finally finding his way through it all. It definitely has its triggering moments.

Sara Hodge
Sara is the proud mother of four children and 3 cats. Born in Baton Rouge, she grew up in Ascension and decided to settle down in her hometown of Gonzales. As the mom of two children with congenital heart disease, she's passionate about raising awareness for the cause. In her rare moments of spare time, she enjoys reading Stephen King novels, spending all her money on Amazon, and scrolling through TikTok. You can usually find her cruising the streets listening to 2000's emo, being her children's personal chauffeur.


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