If you are a mom of school-aged kids (at least of elementary kids), you’re probably very aware of what your kids are reading and likely have a reading log to fill out or sign each night for your children. Some of the more recent entries on my son’s log are for the first story in Ape Escapes!: and More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly followed by a few chapters of When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad. My son, husband, and I HIGHLY recommend When Mischief Came to Town as a family read. We loved the main character orphan Inge Maria because of her antics, her love for her grandmother, and the depth of her character.
As moms we don’t always talk about what we, the grown ups, are reading! Here’s a quick round-up of entries from several of the Madison Moms Blog Contributors’ reading logs. The comments presented are edited comments from the MMB Contributors. We hope you, our readers, will leave comments about books on your current reading log.
Elisa: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is “a compelling story of a woman’s fight to maintain her family while in the perils of World War II–a very moving book. It made me think about war back then vs. war now and how families cope.”
Sarah: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara “is one of the best books I’ve ever read (and I read about 120 books a year). It’s beautifully written and sad– so, so sad and tough to read but worth the effort. It’s an unforgettable book in all the non-clichéd ways you can imagine from that very clichéd description.”
The Red Queen and The Glass Sword are my “guilty pleasure reading. They are the first 2 installments in what will be a 4-book, post-apocalyptic YA series by Victoria Aveyard. Maybe even better than The Hunger Games!”
Melissa O.: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel “was a gripping read. It tells the story of a traveling symphony after the entire earth was struck by a plague and most of the world’s population died. It has a very interesting twist at the end. Not usually my kind of read, but I enjoyed it!”
Alisa: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. “I highly recommend this book! It’s thought provoking and engaging and focuses on happiness from the core. Happiness is a movement and she synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research – I’ve found it fascinating and also useful in my own day to day life!” NOTE: This book inspired a nice conversation and much love on the MMB Writers Private FB group… I think it suffices to say this is our TOP PICK!
Cards for Brianna written by Heather McManamy “a local mom who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her early 30’s. She chose to live life to its absolute fullest and to make every day on earth matter. The cards are a beautiful legacy she’s left behind for her daughter.”
Jessica B.: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi “I loved this book. It really made me think about what life is like for Africans who come to live abroad. A lot of eye-opening topics surrounding race with a love story underneath it all.”
Tara: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld “I loved it. It’s a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice (one of my favs), and it’s such a fun read. Sittenfeld does a great job bringing the essence of Austin’s characters to life in today’s world.”
Barbara: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker “hits the funny bone and the heart. Hatmaker inspires us to live lives that are inspired by love and to challenge our habits that declare anything different than genuine love.”
The Gifting Series (The Gifting, The Awakening, and The Gathering) by K. E. Ganshert. “The series is young adult fiction, but a great summer read! I seriously couldn’t put the books down. The characters are so well developed, and the story was original and captivating.”
“I also LOVED the book Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko. Lusko addresses grief and suffering and how to live after a tragedy. It’s not a depressing read though. It is empowering and healing and inspiring.”
So, what are you reading? Leave us some comments about your current favorites below!