Must Read Book List for Moms In 2021


If reading more books is on your list of goals for 2021, then here’s an excellent reading list for  moms, mom bosses, soon-to-be moms and just women who want to empower themselves to live passionately no matter what they’re doing or what stage of life they’re living. Books have a way to transform us, leaving a lasting impression. Depending on what you’re going through, they can really speak volumes about how to handle a situation.

This reading list was such a hit, that we knew we had to create another one for 2021. Here are 12 books (one for each month if you’d like to pace yourself or add to your goals list) that every woman, mom, mom boss and wife should definitely carve out some self-care time for. These titles are meant to inspire you to live your best life each day and will hopefully motivate you to push yourself in 2021 to accomplish all your resolutions and goals.

  1. Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

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“A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals.” 

Last year’s book list had another Rachel Hollis favorite, Girl Wash Your Face, and this year we have her follow up on our list. If you read her last title, it was so empowering and great, that this one will set your butt on fire to really double down and start checking off everything on your 2020 goals list. In this title, she challenges women to stop talking themselves out of their goals and dreams and live out their life instead of feeling trapped int heir “mother/wife/best friend/etc. roles” they’ve defined for themselves. We haven’t read it yet, but better believe it’s going to be the first one we devour during our bath time.

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2. Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood by Kara Kay James

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“Every mom can identify with the feeling that they’re in a race to the finish line every day, stumbling over everything in their path—including Legos and dirty laundry!”

Being a mom is hard and mothers everywhere know it. We all think we’re failing at this job, but we really aren’t. The book aims to help moms stop merely surviving their motherhood journey and start thriving.  The book focuses on intentional motherhood, emphasizes the importance of rest and how to embrace the chaos. It does have religious undertones, but they’re not totally in your face claims, which makes it a refreshing read for moms everywhere.

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3. You Are A F*cking Awesome Mom by Leslie Anne Bruce

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“Sometimes, motherhood feels never-ending. A child is born, chaos ensues, and it seems like life will never return to normal.”

I first heard about this book at a friend’s birthday party. One of her other mom friends had gifted her this and the title just really stood out to me. I knew I had to check it out because of how raw and awesome the title was. I started reading it and realized it’s actually a pretty good book for a first-time mom. As a mom of three, I sort of felt I knew everything in the book, but really wished it was out when I had my first son in 2013. It’s raw and honest, which is what all new moms need when they begin their journey of motherhood.

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4. Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini

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“In this inspiring, upbeat guide, Melissa provides a practical plan for creating your own version of a kick-ass life — one that’s wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love. Designed to propel you out of stuck-ness and into action, this is a must read if you’re ready to let go of your Mean Girl and start living the life of your dreams.”

Many times, we are our own worst critic and that gets in the way of our goals. This book will help you shut that inner mean girl up so that you can go out and live the life you’ve been dreaming of forever. If you’re scared to go out there and find that dream job, create that business or do something grand, this book is the first step in getting there.

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5. The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity by Meg Meeker, MD

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“Mothers, it’s time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children’s eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker’s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be—and isn’t that still the most precious reward of motherhood?”

This book is has been around for a while, but I couldn’t have found it at a better time. I have to admit that I’m tired of surviving motherhood and want to finally enjoy it. This book offers insightful tips on how to make your motherhood journey a happy one – even when the chaos starts to take over. If you feel you’re about to go over the edge, this book will help you get back to the type of mom you intentionally wanted to be but lost sight of.

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6. Strong As A Mother by Kate Rope

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“Kate Rope’s Strong as a Mother is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood. Everyone knows the secret to having “the Happiest Baby on the Block.” This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block.”

This is another great book for first-time moms who want to learn what it takes to be sane and happy mom when things start to get rough. It aims to help you prioritize your own mental and emotional health so that you understand what it takes to stay level headed when the troubles of motherhood start to overwhelm you.

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7. You Are A Badass Mom by Steffani Lefevour

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“‘You Are A Badass Mom’ is the ultimate guide to help you step out of overwhelm, shift your mindset, and create powerful positive change to move your life to the next level. The four awakenings in this book will help you shift your thoughts, find more inner peace, and focus on your state so you can connect more deeply to what matters most. By applying these simple concepts and following along with the “badass homework,” you’ll find more joy along the journey and live a deeper, richer, more fulfilling life than you ever thought possible.”

I know I need to shift my thoughts about motherhood and fine more inner peace during those testing times we all face. I want to start to really focus on what I’m doing as a parent so that I can connect to my children. This is one of those books that aims to help you enjoy the journey of motherhood so that you can live a happier life in all of your roles.

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8. Be That Unicorn: Find Your Magic, Live Your Truth, And Share Your Shine by Jenny Block

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“Being a unicorn means being the magnetic person that everyone in the room is drawn to. It means being honest and true to yourself every day, no matter what. When you are really, really good at being yourself, you’ll make other people feel really, really good about themselves, too. In Be That Unicorn, Jenny Block, author of several best sellers for women, shows you how to stop putting yourself down and start finding your magic.”

As a mom, sometimes I feel I’ve lost that “magic” I had before I had kids. It’s as if I lost a part of myself and not sure where it went. I’m sure other moms feel the same way, which is why this book will maybe help you find that magic, or figure out whatever new magic you’re creating now that you’re in a different stage of your life.

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9. Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer

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“Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days after giving birth (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to dodge postpartum sex, Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths shares everything no one will tell you about having kids.”

If you follow these two on social media, then you already know how entertaining they are. I personally love how raw and honest the two are when it comes to motherhood. They make me feel as if I’m not as screwed up as I thought given they go through the same things. This book is filled with comedic truths that every mom will relate to, making you feel better about being a mom and everything you think you’re messing up.

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10. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

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“There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.”

I need to stop caring about everything and anything. It’s keeping me up all night and making me worry about things I shouldn’t. This book is supposed to help you weed out what you should think matters and stop worrying about the rest. I’m hoping this book really kicks me in the butt and provides me with the realizations I need to stop caring too deeply about things that shouldn’t or don’t really matter when it comes to the bigger picture of things and my happiness.

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11. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The Gifts Of Imperfection

“Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.”

I always thought I’d be a different person by the time I was this age when I was younger. Things didn’t obviously go as planned and I sometimes have a hard time of letting those thoughts of perfection go. No one is perfect, but society expects us to, especially in this Pinterest/Instagram age where we see all these “perfect moms” that make us rethink our own motherhood journey. This book helps you let go of those misconceptions so that you can be happy with who you are because that’s what makes you so unique and special!

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12. Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness For Busy Moms by Shonda Moralis

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“Moms can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing onto the pillow at day’s end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do it—in just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 “mindful breaks” that will help moms tune into their own well-being (along with everyone else’s).”

I don’t do too well with mindfulness, but it’s a goal for this year. This book provides easy-to-follow tricks and tips that are supposed to help mamas of all stages find daily opportunities to refocus and reset with mindfulness.

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There are so many books that can help mamas out, and these are just a few of the ones I’ll be focusing on for 2020. These are books I’ve been wanting to put on my book list for a while now and so I’ll be reading them myself (or have read). I’m looking forward to all the insight they’ll provide to help me along with my motherhood journey for 2020.

I’d love to know if you bought and enjoyed these books, too! Also, I’m always on the hunt for new book recommendations, so please comment below on which ones are on your own book list and that you’ve loved so I can check out and add them to the list for next year. 

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kristie moved to Corona six years ago after her husband accepted a position in a neighboring city. Since then, she’s been able to create quite an extraordinary life in this wonderful city she calls home. As a work-from-home mom of three littles (Mason 4, Kingston 3 and sweet baby Juliette 3 months), Kristie is one busy momma! Life is non-stop for this momma, but she wouldn't have it any other way. The UCLA graduate is a writer/journalist/social media and communications coordinator by trade, but a momma and wife 24/7. When she’s not working and has a much-needed break from her kids, she enjoys reading, writing, wine, fitness and living life to her fullest! You can catch up with her everyday life on IG @therealmommychronicles!


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