All women can attest to the encapsulating beauty of a great book. At Jackie, we want to help you find the perfect reads that will inspire you in your role as a mother. We have crafted a list that all women can relate to. You will find timeless classics, modern novels, even celebrity written pieces. Keep reading for carefully curated, Jackie approved books that all mom’s will love.

The 10 Books…

1. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindberg

This novel explores the role of women in the mid 20th century, touching on youth, aging and marriage during her getaway by the sea. This contemplative book brings light to the lives of women at any age. Look forward to an introspective journey by the sea with this read.

2.  Wherever You Go, There You Are – Jon Kabat Zinn

As a way of appreciating each and every moment in one’s life, this novel emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and appreciating what we have in each passing moment. This is a great read for mothers as they navigate new chapters of their lives both in their families and their relationships outside of them.

3. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg 

This is the perfect read for mothers who prioritize both family and their career. Sandberg writes this to empower women that they really can have it all, from a family life they love, to the career they’ve always dreamed. If you find yourself struggling with that work life balance, Lean In will not only calm your nerves, but empower you to do it all and do it well.

4. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life around the Table with Recipes – Shauna Niequist

This book is about the joy of sharing meals and how food brings people together. It is a reminder of the beauty of relationship and the benefit in sharing important moments with those that you love. Along with the deep spiritual wisdom found in the book, Bread and Wine comes with perfectly prepared recipes to bring into your home as you entertain and break bread with the people you love.

5. Emma – Jane Austen

A timeless classic, Emma tells the story of a young woman who enjoys meddling with the love lives of those in her inner circle. A tale of romance, comedy and creativity, Emma is a great read for all women, especially those who love a good romcom.

6. Out of the Spin Cycle – Jen Hatmaker

Feeling like you need a break? If you’re a mother, the answer is probably a big yes! This book aims to assure mothers that while there is benefit in self care, there is benefit in empowerment. Women are a force to be reckoned with! Give this read a chance if you are looking for affirmation in your role as a mother. Trust us, you’re doing great.

7.  Wild – Cheryl Strayed

In light of her tumultuous past and separated family, this novel tells the story of Cheryl, a young woman who embarks to hike the Pacific Crest Trail solo. Follow her treacherous journey of over one thousand miles through the Mojave Desert through California to the Pacific Northwest on a journey of self discovery.

8. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

Surely you have heard the tale of Malala, a Pakistani girl, fighting for her right to education. This biography gives a fist hand look into global terrorism and the far reaching impact it has had on so many. Pick up this book for an exploration of terrorism, education and a modern day coming of age story.

9. Bossy Pants – Tina Fey

A hilarious yet serious account of Tina Fey’s life, from her youth to her days on Saturday Night Live. This autobiography explores the life of a mother, a wife and a daughter through all of the glamorous and not so glamorous day to day moments. Have you ever been called “bossy” before? Tina gets it. Pick up this book for insight into how being bossy isn’t bad.

10. The Five Love Languages – Dr. Gary Chapman

Do you know your love language? What about your partner’s? This book is a perfect read for those looking to maintain love and gratitude in their relationships. Whether you are at the cusp of a new relationship, or have a well-established marriage, this book has something to offer for everyone. It is practical, insightful and offers wisdom for giving and receiving love in not only your romantic relationships, but the ones that you have with family and friends alike.

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