If we’re being real here, summer reading for moms can be a bit of a pipe dream, particularly for those of us who have young kids (as in, you need to be 100 percent focused on them to keep them alive). Or kids with crazy sports schedules. Or full-time jobs. etc., etc. But when your kids are at camp/sleeping/playing/slightly older or otherwise occupied, losing yourself in a good book can be like taking a mini-vacay without leaving your home (or pool chair). We’ve saved you the time of searching for the perfect book by polling some of the mothers of The Local Moms Network. Here are the books they say are absolute must-reads!
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Recommended by: Katy Meyer, West Boston Moms
“Wanted to give a shout out to the last book I read on my trip to St John USVI – Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. It was a super quick read, and loved all the nods to USVI. Plus, the author is local to Massachusetts! She lives in Nantucket, and spends time in St. John. Can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out later this year.”
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Recommended by: Melissa Post, Westport Moms
“Michelle Obama’s Becoming provides a fascinating look at her childhood, career (as First Lady and otherwise), marriage, and her life as a mom, while serving as a reminder of how incredible the country we live in really is, and how much hope we should have. It is incredibly well-written, informative, and makes you feel like you know her—as a leader and a friend.
The Alice Network & The Huntress, both by Kate Quinn
Recommended by: Meghan Salonia, Newtown Moms
“I am a huge fan of historical fiction and stumbled across Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network in a blog review. It was the last book I read in 2018, so when I heard about The Huntress in 2019 I had to read it. Both books span multiple decades and weave multiple, complex & interesting characters’ stories together.”