I grew up in a family of readers. Reading books is just something I always did as a child, through college, and into my adult life. However, after having kids it’s been a struggle to keep up with my reading habit. Summer is usually advertised as the best time to catch up on reading while on the beach or at the pool. But, if you’re like me, there’s no way you can read a book while at the beach, pool, or anywhere on vacation with your kids. That’s why I think fall is the best time for moms to catch up on their reading. Kids are going back to school, activities, and sports are in full swing, so it’s easier to find some time to fall into a good book. Here are some of the ways I’ve been able to find books I love and find the time to read them.
Turn off the TV, Put Your Phone Down, and Read
Everyone says they don’t have any time for reading books, yet will easily spend countless hours scrolling through social media and watching Real Housewives of Somewhere. Social media is a great way to connect with friends and family, but it’s so easy to spend too much time on it. I get it, some days after the kids are in bed it’s just easier to sit on the couch and zone out with your phone or watching TV. Challenge yourself to read instead on some of those nights.
If You are Scrolling…
Social media is not all bad. Some of my recent favorite books were found through Instagram recommendations. Follow your favorite author or publisher, look up the tag #bookstagram, or follow a bookstore for great book reviews and recommendations. I love following blogger @frandorsey, small bookstore owner @anniebjones05, and bookstagrammers @topshelftext and @katieladyreads. Don’t forget about Reese Witherspoon’s book club @reesebookclub and Jenna Bush Hager’s club @jennabhager, #readwithjenna. Jenna Bush Hager’s picks Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, and The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin are two of my favorites of the year.
Another social media app that I like is Goodreads. You can see what people are reading, and what they’ve read and rated in the past. You can also keep a “Want to Read” list that’s helpful for when you blank in the library or bookstore.
Listen to a Book Podcast or Audiobook
Podcasts, especially true crime podcasts, can be difficult to listen to in the car with a kindergartener in tow. I recently started listening to book podcasts, and as nerdy as they sound, they are entertaining and useful in finding a new book to read. My favorite podcast is from the bookstore owner I mentioned above, Annie B. Jones. She owns The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. She, along with Chris Jensen, host From the Front Porch podcast. I really loved their recommended books Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane and Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. These are two books I wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but after hearing their discussions I knew I would love them.
Personally, I’m not a fan of audiobooks, but I know pretty much everyone else loves them. Audiobooks are great for listening to in the car, on walks, or while you’re waiting in the carline. If you’re always on the go and don’t feel like toting around a book or staring at a Kindle, try an audiobook.
Start a Book Subscription
There are so many book subscriptions for every genre and every reader. Book subscriptions take the guesswork out of finding a good book to read. I am currently subscribed to Book of the Month. I get to pick out a book from a curated collection each month. So far I have been very happy with all of my choices, including Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
The Bookshelf store that I mentioned earlier (yes, I’m obsessed with their instagram, podcast, and basically everything associated with them), has a subscription service called Shelf Subscription. I’m excited to try this one soon!
Ignore Your Kids and Start Reading
Just kidding. Sort of. I have found that my kids usually leave me alone when I’m sitting down watching TV or reading books. When I get up to make dinner or to clean, that’s when I hear, “mom, mom, mom, mom! MOM!” So if they’re playing nicely I’ll sit nearby and read. The same goes if they are doing homework or reading independently if you have an older child. Growing up I always saw my parents reading, so it just seemed like the normal thing to do. I like to think that I am modeling a great habit for the kids.
Pick a Book!
Here’s a list of books I’m either interested in reading or have read that seem appropriate for the fall season (hence the special category for thrillers!).