The List: Summer Reading for Mom


Reading for moms is not just a form of escapism or entertainment, it’s a measure of how much time we have to allow ourselves to kick back and do something we enjoy. But since that precious time is so limited, we make sure that if we start a book, it better be a good one.
Here are our top nine recos for some good summer reads—because we know every page matters.

We owe Jane Austen a debt of gratitude. Not just for lovely little girls named Emma or Elizabeth but for inspiring novelists like Cathleen Schine, one of the few authors who have managed to honour Austen’s style in our modern times. Schine has translated the premise and structure of Austen’s themes of class struggle and changing social, marital and financial status in her entertaining novel, The Three Weissmann’s of Westport. By turns funny and wrenching it is an easy, well-written and captivating read. ($17.24, where to find)

Before I GoTo Sleep
There are days we’d all like to wake up somewhere else (a Four Seasons suite anyone?), but imagine waking every morning next to a total stranger in your bed, not knowing where you are, who you are, or even whose face is looking back at you in the mirror. This is the compelling and thrilling premise to S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, a truly suspenseful novel that keeps you guessing and changing your mind as to whom Chrissy, the amnesiac we’re rooting for, should trust. ($21.99, where to find)


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