The Well-Read Mom



Have you heard of The Well-Read Mom?

the well-read mom

I’m not sure how it’s been an entire year in the making and I haven’t come across this fantabulous initiative before now, but let’s just start with excited and end with thrilled.

The goal of The Well-Read Mom is to provide a structure for reading high quality literature , with the purpose of awakening our hearts so that we may enter more deeply into the Great Conversation.

Each year includes great books, spiritual classics (during Advent and Lent), worthy reads, poetry and selected essays from the Catholic and Western Tradition. The books are selected in a way that fits with the year’s theme and also in a way that works with the rhythm of a woman’s life (shorter reads or selected parts of a longer book are selected for the start of the school year and over the holiday months).

You’ll find everything you need to support you as you read these books, including reading questions, tips and flyers for setting up a book club, and even audio downloads.

This is a great and much-needed resource. If you join, let me know. Maybe we could do a Well-Read Mom group here using our CM community (I’d be willing to post about it each month if anyone else is willing to read along)…what do you think?

Be sure to check out our Book Notes archive.

Copyright 2013, Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.


  1. Just as the Lawn Chair Catechism has jumpstarted my brain on faith, so also this would serve as an external push to take me beyond the places I will go on my own, I’m in!

  2. I just recently heard about this, and I LOVE the idea!! I might be joining a group with a few friends, and so I also would be willing to join here!

    • Yes, you did Dianna! 🙂 A group started here in Des Moines about six months ago or so. The sis-in-law of the woman who started the group lives here and is in our group. It’s terrific on many levels … gets classic literature in our hands, the monthly audio guide that goes along with the read is a great companion for understanding more of the historical context behind the literary work, AND we’re cultivating spiritual friendships and mommy time IN REAL LIFE! I highly recommend it.

  3. Jill Rasmussen on

    Woooooooohooooooooo! I am so happy all you ladies are interested, it has been a FANTASTIC program so far! I just completed year one with Marcie Stokman’s group here in Crosby MN, but I would love to check in here as well! Will you all start with year one or jump in with year two?

  4. Amy Choi-Won on

    I just began to read Lisa’s “The Handbook for Catholic Moms” this week and ended up seeing this post. I’d love to join in this book club too. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Please keep me posted. Thank you!

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