There are so many great books to read out there and I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books which are the best books to buy for busy moms, plus I’ll tell you why I enjoyed a few of them and if I’d recommend you read it too.
Over the years I’ve learned that reading is not just a hobby, it’s more like a sport. It takes practice and work and careful attention to detail to be enjoyed on a deep level. I don’t think most people think that reading takes practice, but it really does.
You don’t just decide to be a great reader one day, pick up a book, read a few paragraphs and then magically become an amazing reader. Wrong. Reading takes practice and a lot of times you don’t really enjoy it very much at the beginning.
I’ll teach you a new trick to finding the best books to buy for busy moms, and share a couple tips on how to truly enjoy reading, plus I’ll share my reading goal for the year and some of favorite books from last year.
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Reading and Walking
I’ve liked reading since I was a child. I’m not fast at it, but I do enjoy it. In fact, I remember in middle school that I would take a book with me while I walked a mile to my aunt’s house to babysit my little cousins and I would read while I walked.
Now that I’m a mom, I love reading even more, especially when I can find a great list of the best books to buy for busy moms.
This was back in the day when no one had a cell phone. It makes me laugh now when I think about it, because how often do you see people walking down the street glued to their phones, not paying attention to where they are walking? I guess I had this figured out early, except I was reading!
Just because I enjoyed reading, I wasn’t always good at it, and I struggled to find good books to read. Then one day, I learned a new trick, find other bloggers and influencers I liked and trusted and learn what they are reading.
Some of my favorite bloggers post lists of the books they are reading on GoodReads and this is like a goldmine. It’s hard to find authors that you will like, and hard to know how to find authors you would like.
It’s even harder to know where to start looking for books to read. Which is why I wanted to give you a best books for busy moms list. You can also find and follow me on GoodReads to see what I’m reading and discover books for yourself.
Why You Should Read
Dave Ramsey says, “The only difference between who you are today and who you will be in a year is the books you’ve read and the people you meet.”
When I heard this quote, I took it to heart, because I don’t want to be the same person year after year, and especially as a busy mom, I don’t want to get stuck in my mom to-do list and forget that I also have a list of the best books to buy for busy moms that I want to tackle.
I got to work and started reading. I was also challenged a few years ago by a business coach to read a list of books she recommended. This is where I started. I began reading and listening to books and 3 years later, it’s become a slight obsession.
How to Read Books For Free
Reading is one thing, but if you have been here awhile, you know I like to read books as cheaply as possible – free is even better. A couple years ago I discovered an app that works directly with your library card called Libby.
Libby lets you check out books and audiobooks digitally just like you checked them out from the library. You get a few weeks to read or listen to your book and then your loan goes back for the next person.
Read and Exercise at the Same Time
Libby has made it possible for me to listen to books for free and I’m so thankful for that! Once I learned that I love to listen to books while I run, my life literally changed.
I was ravenously devouring as many books on my best books to buy busy moms list as I could while I pounded out mile after mile, day by day. The days when I didn’t want to run, my books called to me.
If you’ve never tried exercising and listening to books at the same time, give is a try. You might find that it makes exercise a lot easier. I even like to listen to books while I clean my house and run errands, in the car on my way to pick up kids, etc.
You’d be amazed how easily you can find a few minutes here or a few minutes there to read in your busy daily life. It’s exactly how I was able to read 50 books last year.
What Books Are On Your Shelves?
I believe you can tell a lot about someone by the books on their shelves. Keep in mind, I like to read books that are all over the place. From Amish love stories, to WWII, to Holocaust non-fiction, to crime, business empowerment, historical novels, stories about women and their famous husbands, and biblical fiction.
Mostly, I love stories that have a strong moral message and have an uplifting message – especially books that point people to Jesus through stories of heartache and triumph – I like a lot of books. Here are the books on my bookshelf that I’d recommend you read.
Best Books To Buy For Busy Mom
The Water Keeper, Charles Martin
The Letter Keeper, Charles Martin
The Record Keeper, Charles Martin – This series by Charles Martin is phenomenal. All about the power of love and redemption wrapped up in a 3-part tale around the trauma of human trafficking. I not only listened to these books while running, I begged my husband to get them for me for Christmas last year and they sit proudly on my shelf. Our family even enjoys listening to these 3 books on road trips.
And The Shofar Blew, Francine Rivers
The Masterpiece, Francine Rivers
The Scarlet Thread, Francine Rivers
Sophie’s Heart, Lori Wick
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The Lady’s Mine, Francine Rivers -While Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors of all time, this book, The Lady’s Mine, is one of my favorites. Such a sweet story of a strong woman that leaves so much to look up to.
The Theft of America’s Soul, Phil Robertson – Phil’s book moved my heart in such a powerful way, so much so that at the very last chapter, while I was in mid-run, I had to stop for a minute, wipe my tears and raise my hands openly to the sky to thank the Lord for such a powerful book filled with a deep message.
He tells his story of coming to Jesus and how he hopes to point people to Jesus, one person at a time in his own, long-bearded way. Truly, a fantastic book. To date, I’ve borrowed it from Libby 4 times, and it’s on my Books I’d Recommend that You Have Your Kids Read.
Fire Road, Kim Phuc Phan Thi – Fantastic book about the triumph of the human spirit.
The Mountain Between Us, Charles Martin – There is a movie about this book and while the movie was very good, this book was even better. The story has you hanging on until the very end. Such a great book!
Shoe Dog: a Memoir by the Creator of Nike, Phil Knight – the story of Nike. It’s a long book – but worth the read.
Good To Great, Jim Collins – if you need a pick me up for your side gig or wondering how to keep working towards your dream of entrepreneurship, this book is like a roadmap to taking a good company to a great company. This is another one that I have a physical of on my bookshelf.
AD 30, Ted Dekker
AD 33, Ted Dekker – These two books by Ted Dekker are such a great way to bring the Bible times to life by weaving an epic tale of a woman in ancient Palestine. It’s such a great book to read to bring the stores of the Bible to life in your mind.
Business Boutique, Christy Wright
Take Back Your Time, Christy Wright
Believe IT, Jamie Kern Lima – this encouraging book is one that every busy mom should read, which is exactly why it’s on my Books To Buy for Busy Moms List!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris – Wow. This book is moving and eye-opening, all about the tattoo artist of Auschwitz.
Cilka’s Journey – Heather Morris – book 2 of the Tattoist of Auschwitz. This one is hard to read, as if the subject matter wasn’t hard enough, there is a whole new level of pain in this book.
Three Sisters, Heather Morris – book 3 of the Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Atomic Habits, James Clear – Such a great book to help you develop better habits. This book was so good, it’s not only on my Books To Buy for Busy Moms LIst, but it’s also on my list of Books You Should Pay Your Kids To Read.
The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog, Bruce D. Perry – such a fascinating book!
Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self Discovery, Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile – a fantastic book all about the Ennegram. After you read this book, you’ll have to tell me your Enneagram number! I’m an Enneagram type 1.
Forgiving Paris, Karen Kingsbury
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah – this historical book was fascinating. Warning – There is some language in this book.
The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah – this is an intense book, but I was hanging on every chapter. Warning – There is some language in this book.
The Four Winds: a Novel, Kristin Hannah – Warning – There is some language in this book.
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The Complete Circle Series, Ted Dekker
The Woman They Could Not Silence, Kate Moore – such an inspirational historical fiction book about an amazing woman who changed history by standing up for what she believed.
Carneige’s Maid, Marie Benedict
The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict
These are all just a few of the amazing books I’ve read recently. Have you read any of them? Which ones are your favorites?
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