February, while short in days seems to drag on forever, especially after the flurry of Valentines has settled. It is still cold outside and cabin fever might have started to settle in.  Sounds like a perfect time to curl up with a good book, reading the long cold days away, but where to start?

I asked the smartest moms I know, who happen to be my fellow Quad City Moms Bloggers what books they recommend and what is on their list to read. I hope this gives you some inspiration for reading through February and the rest of the year! 


The top five fiction books that our writers recommended:

  1. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  3. The House We Grew Up  In By Lisa Jewell
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


The top five non fiction books that our writers recommend:

  1. Hands Free Mama AND Hands Free Life by  Rachel Macy Stafford
  2. Present over Perfect by Stephanie Niequist
  3. You’d Be So Pretty If… by Dara Chadwick
  4. 7 by Jen Hatmaker
  5. Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes


Here is our to read list for the year:

  1. Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
  2. The Bible
  3. Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechne
  4. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Harding
  5. A Dog’s Purpose by W Bruce Cameron
  6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  8. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  9. All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
  10. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman


Local Recommedations

We encourage people to shop local, why not read local. Here are a few local authors that popped up on our writers’ lists

  1. Bearing Hope by our own Olivia Ryan
  2. Mama Bear’s Manifesto by our very own Leslie Klipsch
  3. Life After by Katie Ganshert

Need more? Check out Abbie’s recommendations from last year. 

What is on your reading list year? Are any of these on your list?


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