Mama needs a break. You鈥檝e spent the morning finger painting, singing, and 鈥渏ogging at the park,鈥 which was more like running after your super-swift toddler as they played an imaginary game of tag with you. And it鈥檚 got you worn out, so now that it鈥檚 nap time, you need some 鈥渕e鈥 time. Whether you have five minutes or (dare to dream) a full hour all to yourself, these easy reads are perfect for your own summer book club of one.

1. The Dependents by Katharine Dion ($26): When Gene鈥檚 wife Maida dies, he鈥檚 left trying to relive his happier days鈥 Or at least what he thought were happier days. When his daughter Dary comes home, Gene realizes that his life may not have been what his memories are telling him.

2. The Pisces by Melissa Broder ($25): Love, lust, intrigue, and a merman. (Yes, a merman.) Seriously, how could you go wrong here? This beachy summer read will have you running (or swimming!) for it every spare minute you find.

3. Motherhood by Sheila Heti ($27): Don鈥檛 worry: This isn鈥檛 another mommy how-to book. (You鈥檝e already read plenty of those and really don鈥檛 need to spend your precious alone time delving into another one.) This pick sends you on a deep examination of what it means to be a woman and a mother 鈥 or not.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($17): Even though you probably read (and reread) the iconic Gatsby in high school, it鈥檚 probably been a few years since you took a look at this classic book, and sometimes it鈥檚 nice to spend the summer with an old friend. Head back to the gilded Jazz Age and imagine that you鈥檙e a guest at a fab West Egg soiree.

5. The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong ($16): We鈥檒l admit that this read is kind of creepy for moms (especially of boys). But the psychological thriller about a mysterious murder of a mother and the complicated relationship between her and her son will completely keep you interested all summer long (or for at least the few nap times it takes you to rush through to the end).

6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ($16): In just a few short years, your now-baby will be ready to read this classic with you 鈥 but for now, it鈥檚 all about you. Spend your summer days with Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy. It may not be a new read, but you鈥檒l certainly enjoy getting nostalgic with it.

7. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer ($28): This story of a shy college student whose life changes after she meets a powerful 60-something woman is all about love, power, and all kinds of inner-self goodness.

8. Meghan by Andrew Morton ($27): With all the royal-watching that鈥檚 been going on, getting the lowdown on the new Duchess of Sussex from royal biographer Andrew Morton is exactly what you need this summer. From her early days in LA to her first marriage and finally her royal romance, this bio is a complete page-turner.

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