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Mom Reads: What is on your nightstand right now?

As a librarian I get asked frequently, “What are you reading right now?” or “You must read and read and read tons of books, like- all the time!” Um, no.  This post isn’t really about what librarians do and don’t do, but for the record, we aren’t all book worms.


Although, I do love to read and was a voracious reader when I was younger.  In other words, pre-kids! 

As a busy working mom though it’s difficult to put aside time to read, but I do want to start carving out more time for it- so I solicited the help of other Syracuse Mom Bloggers, and my mom librarian colleagues to come up with a list of good books to put on your nightstand.  Some of these are parenting related or at least parenting adjacent, some are just for fun and some really challenge us to think!  I’d love to hear in the comments if you have read these selections already and what your thoughts are on them, since one man’s (or woman’s) War and Peace is another’s dime store trashy novel (but hey, sometimes those are good too!) 

Please click on the titles where I have linked to book reviews or book purveyors. But, as a librarian, please check out your local library first where you are able to get ALL of these selections for FREE! 

Books that have been adapted into Motion Pictures

  1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shutterly 
  2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  3. The Harry Potter Series and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (One mom said “Might be the most important book about race and growing up literally ever.”) 


  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (This was the selection for Syracuse University’s Universal read in 2018 and the CNY Reads One Book program which is the largest “one book, one community” reads program in New York State.
  3. Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One by ABC News Chief Meterologoist Ginger Zee


  1. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (You can watch the television adaptation on STARZ) 
  2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Currenty #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Hardcover, Fiction)
  4. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton 


  1. 1776 by David McCullough
  2. Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
  3. What the eyes don’t see : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (the pediatrician who blew the whistle on the Flint Water crisis)
  4. Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains by Helen Thomson
  5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (If you are a nerd like me, I hear you’ll love this book!)
  6. It’s Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen by Ashley Eckstein (one mom blogger gave this high praise and will purchase one for each of her girls!)
  7. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer (Mom blogger suggested this should be a book all moms should pick up)
  8. Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch, translated by Phyllis Rauch


  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (Yes, that Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal fame!)
  2. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis (Heavily read by our blogger moms, but to mixed reviews…you be the judge!)
  3. Sage Parenting: Wild and Free by Rachel Rainbolt (For those interested in homeschooling)
  4. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued by Ann Crittenden
  5. The Grief Recovery Handbook by James and Friedman 

A big Thank You to all the wonderful women who contributed book suggestions to me…

And a little disclaimer:  I have not read any of these books except for Born a Crime, but I hope to dig into them with all of you! 


One Response to Mom Reads: What is on your nightstand right now?

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    Millisa M April 30, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Great blog!

    I’m currently reading a new romance release from a fellow author/friend (complete with offerings of original music created by the author)!
    Recently finished titles by James Patterson and Jen Sincero between writing deadlines.
    If any moms out there are interested in rom. fiction or what I do as a contemporary romance writer (I was one of the first SMB Bloggers…& that’s how I met my first fabulous editor, Cheryl Meany!) please feel free to check out MJ Woods Books.
    Keep up the good work, SMB!

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