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Simply put, mommin’ is hard. You deserve to have down time and what better way to enjoy that downtime than to read a good book.

It’s that time of year, a time when the air is cool and crisp, and it’s all about the pumpkin spice. I know with the weather getting cooler I will be curling up with a good book and a pumpkin spice latte in hand.

I read more books in the Fall than any other time of year and maybe you do too. So, I thought it fitting to recommend a few books for moms who want to be inspired.

Here’s my list of 23 best reviewed titles for moms of every stage…

1.The Four Agreements: Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec wisdom book)-Don Miguel Ruiz


Some people who’ve read it would call it life changing. It’s the kind of book you keep and re-read as it has simple yet impactful advice. If you’re looking for a self-help book that’s a little different and thought-provoking, The Four Agreements is for you.

2.Boundaries – Henry cloud, John Townsend


Struggle with setting boundaries? Do you “Yes” all-the-time? Are you always worried about hurting people’s feelings? If you struggle with any of these, this book will help.  It’s a self-help book from a Christian perspective, but you don’t have to be religious to glean some great advice as it answers many questions relevant to people, religious or not. If you frequently struggle with saying “No”, I recommend Boundaries.

3.Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin

It’s no surprise that this book has high ratings because it’s full of insights and tips on how to build better habits. Gretchen presents information in a practical way with a framework that anyone can apply in their lives. Want to make a change and need ideas? If so, this is the book for you.

4.Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

Let’s face it, most of us put off doing the hard stuff. It’s true that when you tackle the hard stuff first, you set yourself up for a more productive and satisfying day. If you are prone to procrastinating this book will be a good nudge to get what’s most important done first. Looking for a step-by-step to help you focus and maximize your productivity? Get the book!

5.The Five Second Rule – Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins has a great approach to tackling doubt. You’ve probably heard of it, the “5-4-3-2-1” concept. If you’re looking for a simple solution to confront anxiety and negative thinking patterns, this book will be a good tool for you. Check it out!

6.The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are – Brene Brown

So many people struggle with how others perceive them, moms are no exception. When you’re a mom, you have all the feels. The shame, guilt, and frustration from the extreme high standards imposed by yourself or others. This book can help you be more grateful and compassionate with yourself. An all-around good book to being mindful.

7.Do It Scared – Ruth Soukup

Currently in my queue of books to read, Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy® offers up many motivating tips to help you overcome the fear that’s holding you back from achieving your dreams. Want to know which fear archetype you are? Find out in the book.

8.Everything Is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo

Another great read to add to my list. Marie’s book is full of actionable ways to change your mindset and figure it out, whatever it may be. It’s funny, friendly and empowering. Let this book guide you to get past your negative mindset and make your aspirations come to life.

9.Free to Focus – Michael Hyatt

So excited to be reading this book right now! I’ve been a fan of Michael Hyatt since using the Full Focus Planner system at the start of the new year. The book provides a three step approach that will leave you with more time for your family and more time for yourself instead of “doing more”. When most people think of a productivity system, they think about getting more done faster but that is not the concept in this book. In Free to Focus, productivity is about getting the right things done. It’s a book for anyone looking for a productivity system that works for them and that helps you achieve more by doing less. I highly recommend Free to Focus.

10.Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight’s book is great for the mom who isn’t afraid of colorful language. There is a lot of cussing happening in this book so be warned. Aside from that, it’s a book that will give you a good kick in the butt to get your life together. It’s straightforward about procrastinating and gives you simple tools to help you overcome negative thinking.

11.Mom Truths: Embarrassing Stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood – Catherine Belknap, Natalie Telfer

A must read for the mom who’s looking for funny, honest and relatable stories about motherhood. Motherhood is a tough job and this book will assure you that you are not alone. A fast and easy read that’s perfect for busy moms.

12.Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women – Becca Anderson

A must have book for moms who need some inspiration and a confidence boost on those days when you need it most. It’s simple and fast read with encouraging words from some successful badass women.

13.Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will”. These are some of the words of wisdom you will get from this book. If you are looking for help to focus on the things that really matter to you, Essentialism is for you.

14.Say Goodbye to Survival Mode:9 Simple Strategies To Stress Less, Sleep More, And Restore Your Passion for Life – Crystal Paine

You’re tired, stressed-out, and crazy busy. Crystal Paine has practical ideas to inspire you to live on purpose. She’s a mom of three and founder of the wildly successful blog Be inspired and say Goodbye! to survival mode.

15.The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking

Who doesn’t love Hygge living? It’s a great guide for anyone who want to live more comfortably and sharing that comfort with friends and family. A warm and easy read with adorable illustrations and delicious recipes. Learn about Danish living and how you can incorporate in your life.

16.The Fourth Trimester – Kimberly Johnson

If you’re a new mom who has lot of questions and concerns about what lies ahead in the new world of motherhood, this is a wonderful guide.  It’s relatable, full of wisdom and offers in depth advice for women postpartum.

17.Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms – Shonda Moralis

Breath Mama Breathe is a good source of information for moms who are looking to introduce mindfulness and meditation in their daily routine. Try the audio book for the guided meditations.

18.You are a F*cking Awesome Mom so Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt and be True To You – Leslie Anne Bruce

A new release that’s already getting rave reviews. Leslie Anne Bruce of Unpacified, gets real about motherhood. Funny and full of inspiration, it’s every mom’s guidebook to true motherhood.

19.Confessions of a Scary Mommy – Jill Smokler

Jill Smokler of dives into motherhood uncensored. If you’re looking for a G-Rated read, this is not for you. Perfect for the struggling mom who’s questioning her abilities and sanity. You’re not alone! Motherhood is tough and Confessions of a Scary Mommy is so relatable and give you the validation you need. Jill confesses to things few mothers will admit. You will laugh, cry and feel a sense of relief because you are not alone in this journey.

20.The Gift of an Ordinary Day – Katrina Kenison

A memoir for moms with growing kids and soon to be empty nesters. Katrina Kenison shares the transition she and her family are going through and how cherishing the small moments helped her get through it. Well written and reassuring, it’s a book worth reading.

21.The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook – Pamela Wiegartz


Anxiety is common for many moms during pregnancy and postpartum. This book is a great resource for you if you’re struggling. Get simple exercises and worksheets to help you stay relaxed when stressed.

22.The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know – Katty Kay

For women in the corporate world, this is a practical guide to confidence in the workplace at any stage of their career. Lots of interesting research on behavior, gender and even genetics. Inspiration and advice to help women achieve what they want.

23.Atomic Habits – James Clear

I’m a big fan of making small changes for big results. James Clear of Atomic Habits lays out a proven framework that can help you master tiny behaviors that can lead to big results. This book is for everyone, but moms will find his framework very useful. He provides a proven system to change your habits and succeed.  This is probably the only book you will need. Highly recommend!


I hope these inspirational books full of genuine and relatable perspectives will help you get through the day and give you some reassurance on those days when being a mom is overwhelming.

Go ahead, get a book and carve out some time just for you. You deserve it!

If you know any mamas that likes a good read and needs inspiration, share the love and share this list! 

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