This week World Moms Blog writer Kyla P’an wants to know…

“What book is on your night stand and would you recommend it to other World Moms?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Asha of Nigeria writes:
“There are two books on my night stand.  “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, which I’m reading to my oldest child.  Also “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I just finished. It’s about the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War. It was excellent and really informative about a period of Nigerian history I knew nothing about.”

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“I would recommend “The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller to anyone who has a person in their life with Sensory Integration Disorder.”

Meredith of Nigeria writes:
“I am reading “Imagine This” by Sade Adeniran. The story is about a young girl born in London and then sent to Nigeria to live with relatives there. It chronicles her life trying to fit into Nigerian culture while she still tries to hold on to her past from London. It is pretty interesting, and I think I am learning a little bit, too. :)”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“ ‘In An Unspoken Voice’ by Peter Levine, PhD. It’s a trauma recovery book which is written for therapists and so interesting – nerd alert!”

Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA writes:
“ “Have a New Kid by Friday” by author Kevin Leman. I’m reading it as part of a book-study at church. A lot of great suggestions for dealing with unwanted behavior in kids.”

Ms. V of South Korea writes:
“I have three books on my night stand currently. 1. “Trip of the Tongue” by Elizabeth Little, a fascinating read about languages other than English in America. 2. “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson about the Chicago World’s Fair and Burnham’s role in it (spouse is an urban planner and insisted I read this one) 3. “The Nursing Mother’s Companion” – a life saver many times over!”

ThirdEyeMom of Minnesota, USA writes:
“The best book I’ve read is “Half the Sky” by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicolas Kristoff.  They are about women around the world and it was the book that moved me to start making a difference and giving back.”

Dee Harlow of Virginia, USA writes:
“I loved “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett.  It is adventurous, captivating, well written, and will touch your hearts as mothers.”

Maman Aya of New York, USA writes:
“I just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and have begun the next book in the trilogy “The Girl Who Played with Fire”. It is an interesting mystery, a real page turner, although some of it is hard to take, it deals with sexual abuse and murder.

Before that I read “Chinese Cinderella” by Adeline Yen Mah. A true and incredible story about a Chinese little girl who was practically discarded by her family (because her mother died giving birth to her), when all she ever wanted was their approval. I highly recommend it!”

MamaMzunga of Kenya writes:
“I’m going to go ahead and admit that the book on my night stand is… “Fifty Shades of Grey”, by E.L. James which I am mainly using to reignite my love life (which has been on life support since my kids were born) and to make fun of the prose, which is nearly as much fun. (If you’re interested you can see some good natured ribbing here.)

The last great book I read was “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese which I can’t recommend highly enough.”

Shaula Bellour of East Timor writes:
“I just finished “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts – a 900+ page autobiographical novel that I have been meaning to read for years. It’s a long one, but a great read.

Like Mama Mzungu, I really loved “Cutting for Stone” – one of my very favorite books.”

Tara B. of Washington State, USA writes:
“I’m finishing the first book in the “Game of Thrones” series by George R.R. Martin. It’s complete escapism for me. Multiple plot lines of medieval-like royalty and their schemes within schemes to keep power in a mystical realm. Lots of war related violence, but so… rich in detail and chalk full of suspense. If you like the fantasy genre of kings and their castles, you’ll love this. Plus I plan on watching the HBO series based on the books that I have heard many good things about.”

Jennifer Burden of New Jersey, USA writes:
“I have a stack of books on my dresser that I haven’t had a chance to get to. I look forward to making time to read again!! When I do, I want to read “Half the Sky.””

Mannahattamamma of United Arab Emirates writes:
“Loved “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen about a  marriage between a U.S. woman and a Saudi man.

Also, like Mama Mzunga, I *might* have “Fifty Shades of Grey” tucked into my iPad reader.  Loving a quiet little story set in England about a widow from India and an English widower called “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson – quite lovely.  The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach is next in line.  And finally a while back I read Geraldine Brooks’ “Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women” – a bit dated, a bit of a rant, but interesting nevertheless!”

What about you…do you have a book on your night stand that you recommend to other moms?  

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– World Moms Blog

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