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The 10 Best Books By Bloggers Just Like You

By May 13, 2015 21 Comments

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The 10 Best Books By Bloggers

This list actually has three titles that are in my to be read pile, but I have not yet had the chance to read them. Sadly, there are so many books with so little time! But I do recommend them based on a number of reasons. The first being that they have received some incredible recommendations in my circles. The second reason is I know some of the authors/contributors and am a fan of their writing – in both content and style. Lastly, and most importantly, because I love a great read – and these seem like they’re going to be just that. (This post includes affiliate links.)

1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess

Put [easyazon_link keywords=”Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Let’s Pretend This Never Happened[/easyazon_link] at the top of your list. You need this book in your life. I’ve read it and given it to several people as gifts. And recommended it as one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read. Jenny also has a new book coming out this fall, and you’re going to want to keep an eye out for that one, as well.

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2. The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood

We all know how social media goes. It’s often filled with one-liners that make us giggle-snort, especially when it comes to parenting. [easyazon_link keywords=”The Big Book of Parenting Tweets” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]The Big Book of Parenting Tweets[/easyazon_link] was an easy read that brought tears to my eyes as I laughed through situations to which I could completely relate. These are the tweets you wish you’d posted. Grab a copy and send one to your best mom friend, too. She’ll thank you! Also, heads up that The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets was recently released and I can’t wait to read it!

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3. I Just Want To Pee Alone: A Humorous Collection of Essays by Kick Ass Mom Bloggers

This was one of the first anthologies I read and I’m so glad I did. It was so much fun and I could truly relate to each story. [easyazon_link keywords=”I Just Want To Pee Alone” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]I Just Want To Pee Alone[/easyazon_link] was so much fun that Jen Mann of People I Want To Punch in the Throat has released two sequels. Jen has some books of her own that are also a lot of fun and worth checking out. You’ll thank me. Promise.

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4. Everything But The Posts, by Becca Ludlum

Looking to start your own blog and have no idea where to begin? [easyazon_link keywords=”Everything But The Posts” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Everything But The Posts[/easyazon_link] has some wonderful advice on how to get yourself started. From choosing your blogging platform to how to self-promote, Ludlum has some great ideas. It’s a straightforward and uncomplicated read that will guide you through the early days of blogging.

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5. Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love, by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

If you’re not aware of the incredible loss that Anna Whiston-Donaldson has survived, I’m going to forewarn you. Anna’s 12-year-old son Jack drowned in a freak accident when their neighborhood was flooded. In hearing this your gut reaction is going to be to run far far away from this book. I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t. Whiston-Donaldson’s story is one of heartache and pain, and strength and perseverance. [easyazon_link keywords=”Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Rare Bird[/easyazon_link] is well worth the read.

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6. Women Are Scary, by Melanie Dale

I had the opportunity to read [easyazon_link keywords=”Women Are Scary” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Women Are Scary[/easyazon_link] to review on my own blog. I was hesitant, as I was unfamiliar with Dale and her writing style. Fortunately I took the leap, and I loved it. She’s pretty hilarious. This book is on the various types of mom friendships, and the various stages of relationship that these friendships take on. It’s awkward, weird, funny, entertaining, even flinch-worthy sometimes – but at the heart of it you’ll find you’d like to be her friend, for sure!

 

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7. Kindness Wins, by Galit Breen

[easyazon_link keywords=”Kindness Wins” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Kindness Wins[/easyazon_link] is an important read for parents of soon-to-be Internet Savvy youngsters. This book is for parents who are looking for a way to introduce the importance of proper online interactions and behaviors, with a stress on how being kind is critical to all communication. Breen is the kind of blogger who speaks from the heart, and her writing style is one that many parents can relate to. This take on how to carry over the tone of kindness when so many children can hide behind online anonymity is a breath of fresh air.

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8. Listen To Your Mother, edited by Ann Imig

If you have friends who blog you’ve probably heard of [easyazon_link keywords=”Listen To Your Mother” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Listen To Your Mother[/easyazon_link]. An in-real-life sensation, with stories written about motherhood, mothers and more, shared with true emotion on stage – directly from the voices of those who penned them. Ann Imig, founder of Listen To Your Mother, has released her first compilation of stories for your enjoyment. From voices that braved putting themselves out there for us all to hear.

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9. Lose The Cape: Realities from Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive, by Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera

Have you ever looked at all the moms around you and wondered how they keep it all together – and why you didn’t seem to get a Supermom cape when you left the hospital with your child? Never fear! In [easyazon_link keywords=”Lose The Cape: Realities from Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Lose The Cape[/easyazon_link], Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera have shared great tips to help you get organized, develop a system, make (reasonable) plans, and generally rock this motherhood thing your way. That really is super. Plus they pulled in some other bloggers to share their stories and tips, so you might just find some of your favorite people in those pages.

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10. Hands Free Mama, by Rachel Macy Stafford

If you’ve ever heard of [easyazon_link keywords=”Hands Free Mama” locale=”US” tag=”tsg045-20″]Hands Free Mama[/easyazon_link] you know that her perspective is one that many of us want to adopt. Taking time to remove ourselves from the go-go-go of parenting to shut off our phones, walk away from the laptops and let go of perfection sounds – well – perfect. The reminders included in this book may not get you off of the Internet permanently (and let’s face it – we don’t want that!), but the realization of how important spending more face-to-face time with our families is should be enough of a reason to grab a copy.

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So, there you have it. Ten books by bloggers you need to know about.

Have you read any of them? Do you plan to? Keep me posted and let me know what you think! I’m always looking for good book recommendations.

About Andrea Bates

Andrea blogs regularly about being a mom, family and relationships, life in the south, how much she misses New York, lots of great books, and whatever else crosses her mind over at Good Girl Gone Redneck. You can also find her sharing ALL.THE.THINGS over at her Facebook page!

21 Comments

  • Kerry says:

    Thanks so much for including Lose the Cape on this fabulous list. I have truly loved seeing so many bloggers get published, and be embraced along the journey.

  • C. Lee Reed says:

    When you get a chance, check out The Mother of all Meltdowns and Only Trollops…great funny stories!

  • Kate Hall says:

    Wow! Thanks for including The Big Book of Parenting Tweets in your list! What an honor to have our book listed among these other great reads! Thank you!

  • Galit Breen says:

    Thank you so much for including me here–such amazing company!–I’m truly so grateful! xo

  • penpen says:

    I have to admit to not having read any of these authors–in book or blog form. But they all sound interesting, depending on your stage of parenting. What I like about the list is how it spans all those stages, up to and including those of us in midlife who are parenting our grown children. I’m going to check out a few of them.

  • What a great list – I’m surprised to find that I haven’t heard of a couple of these!

  • You’ve been busy Andrea. Thanks for putting together this wonderful list!

  • Kimberly says:

    Thank you for taking the time to put together a great list! We have so much talent in the blogging community. Some of the titles are new to me and I’ll add them to my summer reading.
    Kimberly
    http://FiftyJewels.com

  • Jennifer says:

    Great list. I am always on the hunt for good books to help me be a better blogger. Thanks!

  • Beth Havey says:

    Thanks for this list, Andrea. You are helping the blogging community in so many ways
    by helping writers and bloggers promote their work.

  • What a great list. I am so behind on my reading, but I think I am going to make a point to try to get through all of these this summer. 🙂

  • Pamela says:

    How nice to find your blog here, and your excellent book recommendations by other bloggers. I’m going to search out the books – and the blogs. Thanks!

  • These are some great books. I’ve read a few of them but still have a few to go! Thanks for the list.

  • Angie says:

    Thank you for this list – it sounds like a nice variety and I’m ready for a good read. Rare Bird is one of those types of books, I think, that I would typically avoid as you said, but something about your endorsement of it makes me want to read it.

  • Cathy says:

    All great choices, Andrea! All of them.

    In midlife I’d choose a few more, but that’s another post. Thanks for sharing all of these great choices. 🙂

  • Dear Andrea, Thank you so much for including me on this list! I’m honored!

  • Charlotte says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these… Some of these I have read; some I haven’t yet heard of before. But I can’t wait to read them all 🙂

  • kristiina says:

    I didn’t know them, but I used to live in the neighborhood when Ana’s son died and it was and is a horrific story, but I was always inspired by her blog posts (before and after the incident). She is an inspiration and an incredible writer!!

    This a great list with a lot of variety. Thank you! -kristiina

  • As someone who has lost a son herself, I couldn’t agree more about Rare Bird. It is not a scary or sad book to read. Many people have shied away because they think it will make them too sad. But it is about how Anna and her family healed after Jack’s accident. It is beautiful and inspiring and so worth the read!

  • Lori Hil says:

    What an awesome list! I didn’t know about several of these, definitely checking out number 1. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve read many of these books on this list and I have to agree that they are great reads. Of this list, Hands Free Mama,The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and I Just Want To Pee Alone: A Humorous Collection of Essays by Kick Ass Mom Bloggers are my favorites.