For as much as I love to read, I can thank my mom for that, I don’t always have the spare time to quietly sit down and enjoy a book. However, I’ve found that if I actually make a reading list, I’m more likely to actually pick-up a book whenever I have downtime, like before bed or when sitting around in a waiting room.
To encourage you to do the same, here 12 books that I think every working mom should read in 2019. Because that’s one a month, I think we can handle that!
1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Lifeby Jen Sincero
Written in a more edgy, conversational, and humorous tone this isn’t your standard self-book. And, that’s a good thing if you’re tired of the same advice again and again. By the end of it, it should make you question your self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors. And, more importantly, it will help guide you in creating the life you really want.
After you’ve read this, check out Jen’s most recent book, You Are a Badass Every Day, as a companion.
This won’t be be released until April 23, but it should be your on radar. It was written by renowned doula, healer, yoga teacher, and parenting coach Lori Bregman. According to its description, Lori will bring, “a holistic guide to being a more balanced, authentic, and joyful mother. Introducing the ‘five expressions of motherhood’—Action Mama, Flow Mama, Rebel Mama, Vulnerable Mama, and Free Mama—Lori offers supportive advice, exercises, meditations, and yoga practices to cultivate a healthy balanced life and stronger bonds.”
Originally published in 1984, this book has been helping parents put the joy back into parenting. Sounds to good to be true, but Vannoy encourages readers to practice techniques like positive reinforcement, compassion, humor, responsibility, and conscious choice to create a more healthy and enjoyable relationship in your home.
Vannoy has also used these principles to help businesses establish a healthier and more fulfilling workplace.
This book received a lot of buzz last year. In fact, it was listed as one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2018.
Educated shares the journey that Westover experienced from surviving, and eventually leaving, her survivalist family to earning a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. It shows how powerful education is. But, more importantly, it’s an inspiring read that reminds us that when we’re determined and passionate, nothing can get in the way.
Authored by Laura Vanderkam, who has is a well-known author and speaker on work-life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, this book can guide you in mastering the art of juggling it all through practical tips and strategies.
If fear is holding you back from following your dreams and achieving your goals, then you need to check-out this inspiring book ASAP so that you can stop listening to that negative self-talk.
If you have a son, like I do, then this is definitely worth reading as Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, assistant professor, speaker, and mother of four, provides a roadmap on how you can strengthen your bond with your little man through natural and sensible advice.
This New York Times bestseller is for any working mom wishing to find inner peace and push yourself beyond what you believe your limitations are.
This is a collection of 37 hilarious essays from mom bloggers. Sometimes it’s just refreshing to read about the shared, and crazy, journey that is motherhood.
10. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber
I’ve written about this before. But, you can use as much advice as possible when you’re constantly playing referee!
This New Times Times bestseller is one of the best books you can read to help you handle sibling rivalries in your home through practical and sensitive advice, while also reminding you that sibling rivalry is natural and unavailable.
11. Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work by Jessica Shortall
If you’re a new mom who has to travel or go back to work, then you need this book. It’s actually more of a survival guide that shares Shortall’s tips and tricks on how to prepare to pump, what you’ll need to take to work, and even how to get through airport security.
Here we follow Alice. She’s a woman who believed that she had the routine down with a successful career and happy home. Then, it call came tumbling down. On top of handling complications at work, she must juggle material problems, her father’s sudden illness, and babysitters who are fed-up. As a result, she begins to question if she wants keep the balancing act up to have it all or focus on what she really wants the most in life.
What book do you think every working mom should read this year?