Must Reads for the Modern Mom

As a mom, there is really nothing better than finding other moms you can relate to. For the moms who really just “get” me, I couldn’t be more grateful because we’ve all been that mom before. We need other moms who understand the need for caffeine, silence and guilty pleasures like eating your kids’ Halloween candy, drinking wine after bedtime and yoga pants as every day, anytime pants.

That’s why I love when I find a great mom book. So, in case you are in need of a good bonding experience with a mom who has “been there, done that,” here is a quick round-up of books for the modern day mom. These women have seen it all, from estranged daughters to even stranger husbands. Happy reading!

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – This book is just fun. It’s always nice to read about a mom who is just slightly less together and just a tad bit crazier then you, am I right? Bernadette, bless her heart, is struggling. Her house is falling apart, her tweenage daughter thinks she is the best, but as her infamous past creeps up on her and the Seattle “mom mob” slowly drives her crazy, Bernadette reaches a breaking point. She disappears and it’s up to her husband and her daughter to find out what exactly is going on in her head and where in the world she ran off.

For those of us who like to be real with each other, fans of YouTube Moms like That’s Inappropriate and #IMomSoHard will love comedic books like Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. Though not for the faint of heart, these two books deal with serious topics: murder, amnesia and of course, motherhood. But there’s a lightness in them that reads more like an ABC sitcom or non-cheesy Lifetime movie. These books make us think about what would happen if we were suddenly doing this motherhood thing surrounded by other moms we couldn’t trust and didn’t know. What would you do if someone turned up dead at a PTA fundraiser? Or what if you suddenly found yourself with no memory of how you got to your life? These books tackle some serious topics and leave you asking major questions, all while making you laugh.

The Mothers by Brit Bennet- This is one of the most talked about books of the fall. There’s a mystery, a small town and rebellion. The setting: a tight-knit African American community in California. The characters: a former football star turned bus boy and a rebellious daughter of a pastor. What could possibly go wrong? As the years pass, the characters must once again deal with the decisions and mistakes they made long ago as young people, even as life, motherhood and other priorities may demand otherwise.

I hope when you read these books you’ll find characters who make you reflect and remind you that moms are always doing the best we can to love, care for, understand and be the rock our families turn to when they need us. And, sometimes it’s easier to recognize that strength in others when it really lies within each of us.  


Jennifer Roup is a life-long bookworm and aspiring writer and works at SJC Marketing. At the top of her to-do list: being a mother to her two children, a wife to her adoring husband and being a loving sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She lives in Northwest Missouri and is passionate about Kansas City, especially the Kansas City Public Library, where she and her husband said their vows in an elopement ceremony in September 2014. Using her love of gab and enthusiasm for reading, Jennifer is known by her friends and family as the go-to woman for book recommendations. Her blog, That’s What She Read, is internationally recognized by Bloglovin as one of the top Books and Entertainment Blogs with over 100,000 followers.