What We’re Reading: Fall Book Recommendations for Wichita Moms

Fall provides some of the best reading opportunities – snuggled up with a blanket, drinking cider, outside on the deck enjoying the cooler air, or curled up in the crisp morning air relaxing with coffee.  Regardless of when and how you like to read, the bigger issue is WHAT you’re reading.  After a quick poll of some of the Wichita Moms, these books were recommended for your fall reading list, and presented in no particular order.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert

              Named A Best Romance of 2019, Get a Life follows the adventures and misadventures of a chronically ill and slightly geeky Chloe Brown.  Light-hearted and “slightly steamier” in the words of a Wichita Mom, it’s the perfect weekend read.  The first in a trilogy, you’ll have more fun books to read if you enjoy this one!

A Good Neighborhood, by Therese Anne Fowler

              What does it mean to be a good neighbor?  This book looks at the nuances of finding friends, keeping friends, and how children can impact the relationships within a neighborhood.  Timely and thought-provoking, this is a heavier read that is very pertinent to today’s current events.  One Wichita Mom said it was excellent but be prepared for a tough ending……

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

              We string together endless moments, and the day to day events become a blur.  What makes a pivotal moment, a moment that shapes who we are?  What moments do kids remember, and how can we create more of those? This book provides examples and steps to creating powerful and EPIC moments – moments that will be shared and valued for years to come.  Helpful for educators, parents, and anyone looking to create opportunities that are memorable and even life-changing.

Unselfie, by Michele Borba

              Designed for parents and anyone working with teens or tweens, this book provides a plan for combating Selfie Syndrome.  With self-absorption at an all-time high and empathy at an all-time low, how do we help today’s kids think more of others and less of themselves?  Unselfie provides a blueprint to move kids from the “all about me” thinking to “let’s work together” mentality so necessary in today’s world.

Local Authors

Wasted Salt, by Sarah Houssayni

              A fictionalized narrative of two immigrant women trying to find their way in Wichita, Kansas, it focuses on the power of friendship and the need for support when making massive life-changes. Highly recommended by a Wichita mom, she said she couldn’t stop reading it and enjoyed meeting the author at a book signing earlier this year. 

The Letter, by Cyndra Whiddon (a Wichita Mom Contributor)

              A story about loss, heartache, and mystery, this book explores the relationship between a husband and wife and what happens when secrets are kept for far too long.  After decades together, Morgan’s husband dies.  In the ensuing days, everything she believed about her husband is suddenly put to question, leading to the realization that Richard had a secret life that possibly put all of their lives in danger.  This book is a good reminder that while things might not be as they seem, the new information can be life-changing in the best of ways.

Michelle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at WSU and loves spending time with students, teachers, books, and little people. Married to Marcus for 25 years, they have five sons ranging in age from 13-23 and look forward to welcoming a girl into the family in June – when her oldest son gets married. Endless practices and games fill her weekends; her boys plays sports at various levels both locally and in college. Running gets her out of bed in the morning, reading helps her fall into it at night, and QT drinks help close the gap!