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Good Reads

"What books are ya'll reading right now?" I posed that question to the moms in my Stroller Strides class this week after posting it on the Facebook page. I got some fun answers. Some bleary-eyed moms of newborns laughed and said, "Reading!?" Toddler moms chimed in with a chuckle, "Um, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar?" I have to admit that I am currently reading "Junie B. Jones" to my six year-old and I read a Paw Patrol book to my three year-old nearly everyday.

Of course we love reading books to our children, but what about us? What are we as moms reading for us? Need some ideas for summer reading? Here are recommendations from our moms and instructors for you. You'll notice some repeats. Anyone is welcome to borrow my copy of "Big Little Lies."

  • "Serious, life-changing, thought-provoking novel? 'Americanah'

    Lighter? Funny? Still great? 'The Rosie Project.'"

  • "I just started reading 'Girls' Weekend' by Cara Sue Achterberg. It's about three moms who are friends and they plan a weekend away."

  • "'Beachcombers' by Nancy Thayer is a great summer read."

  • "I'm reading a bunch of books by Nancy Thayer. Great for summer!"

  • "Just finished 'The Handmaid's Tale' because it's new on Hulu. Going to read 'The Zookeeper's Wife' and then 'The Kind Worth Killing' soon."

  • "I love historical fiction and memoirs. Just finished the 'Poisonwood Bible.' (It took me like, six months because it's MASSIVE.) Before that 'When Breath Becomes Air' and Dominique Moceanu's memoir 'Off Balance' (Anyone else obsessed with the Magnificent Seven?) Next up is 'Lilac Girls' (WWII historical fiction.)"

  • "'All the Light We Cannot See.' I'm such a nerd that we made the town one of our stops when we visited France last year!"

  • "'The Nest.'"

  • "'The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.'"

  • "Dang! I haven't read a fun book in ages! My reads lately consist of Parenting, Fitness/Nutrition and Self Help Books."

  • "I'm sort of in a non-fiction place right now: 'When Breath Becomes Air,' 'Daring Greatly,' 'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' (short stories) 'Gifts of Imperfection,' 'Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero.'"

  • "All The Light We Cannot See"

  • "The Glass Castle"

  • "Bird Box"

  • "Big Little Lies" (and the subsequent HBO series, SO GOOD!)

  • "I really enjoy the Lexi Graves Mysteries. They are a quick, easy, fun read. I just finished the most recent one!"
  • "I'm a sucker for 'books turning into movies.' I recently read 'The Power of Habit' (nonfiction but really good) 'The Circle,' 'Magnolia Story' (c'mon, it's Fixer Upper!) 'The Handmaid's Tale, 'The Nightingale,' and I'm about to read 'The Kind Worth Killing.'"
  • "I'm so close to finishing 'Big Little Lies!' I better start reading early tonight so I'll be fresh and ready for 5:30 am Body Back!"

  • "'A Man Called Ove' was my favorite book of 2016, heartwarming, great characters, compelling story."

  • "I will read any Harry Potter book, any time. I have a real affinity for the boy who lived."

  • "Do Not Become Alarmed"

  • "The Couple Next Door"

  • "Behind Closed Doors"

  • "The Girl Before"

  • "Difficult Women"

  • "Well, we have the FIT4MOM Book Club which is great but I haven't finished a book yet! The book for June is 'Nights of Rain and Stars' by Maeve Binchy. I'll be trying to get back on board with the book for July- 'The Talented Mr. Ripley.'"

Book Club? We have a book club? Yes! It's the favorite part of our FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh village for some of our moms. Book Club meets monthly for discussion, drinks and food. Here's what some of our moms have to say about it:

Chelsea said, "I started Book Club after reading 'The Glass Castle' byJeanette Wells, I never thought it would grow into such a support system of wonderful friendship. We've shared births, deaths, worries and successes. I'm so amazed at what Book Club has become and these ladies and their families have become such an important part our lives."

Kristin added, "Oh how I love Book Club! I absolutely love to read, but getting a group of smart women together who all have things to share and arguments to make about a particular book adds so much depth to my takeaway from the book. Hearing from people with different experiences is one of my favorite things too. Books mean different things to different people and I love hearing from each of these women about what a particular book meant to them. It can definitely change your perspective on things, which is great! When you're home all day with toddlers you don't get to have many intelligent conversations so Book Club helps me remember that we all are people outside our 'mom' roles!"

Lauren said, "Book Club has meant connecting and having something to look forward to with the strong, inspiring women in my life. It's for me as a grown-up and friend and not just as a mom."

Mamas, we hope you get time to read this summer for yourselves. In that list were the June and July Book Club books. Join us! It's another fantastic part of our village and we'd love for you to take part. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for times and locations.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” -John Green "The Fault in Our Stars"

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