Divalysscious Moms’ Lyss Stern shares her summer reading list

Lyss Stern, creator of Divalysscious Moms and author of If You Give a Mom a Martini, shares her must-read list for mothers and their children this summer.

Lyss Stern

Lyss Stern knows that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fabulousness!

The creator of Divalysscious Moms, a company helping new moms retain their “divadom,” and author of If You Give a Mom a Martini: 100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Moments for Yourself, says that one of the best ways to spend your “me” time is catching up on hot summer reads. Through her DivaMoms Book Club, Lyss has helped organize several popular book launches, including E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

“A friend of mine, who lives in Los Angeles, asked if I had read the first book,” Lyss told SheKnows. “It hadn’t taken off in New York yet, but after I read it, I knew it was something every woman needed to read.”

Always ahead of the curve, Lyss has offered to fill us in on the next books that she thinks will be taking off nationwide. Check out her hot summer readsLysst below:

Lyss’ Summer Must-Read Lysst

Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In- Women, Work, And The Will To Lea

This book is one that a lot of busy moms have not had the chance to read. This national bestseller by Sheryl Sandberg is definitely a book the busy, working mom is going to want to dive into this summer.

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve your Mornings,
Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More

by Bruce Feiler

The Secrets of Happy Families- Improve your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More

I loved this book because it really is a new playbook for the modern-day family, something to counteract the chaos of the digital age. One of my favorite takeaways was the “Right Way To Have A Family Dinner.” It’s not about the “dining every night together” that’s so important.
It’s the “finding ways to spend time together” and actually talk/communicate.

Rules of Civility

by Amor Towels

Rules of Civility

With Gatsby the movie being the hot new blockbuster film, moms will love reading Rules of Civility. This novel transports you to another time and place. The book takes place in 1938 NYC. Readers will fall under the spell of this sophisticated and entertaining novel with its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata. It truly brings you back to the Fitzgerald and Capote era. I could not put this book down.

How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets
to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

How to Look Expensive- A Beauty Editor's Secrets To Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Ban

Everyone always wants to know celebrities’ secrets. How do they always look like a million dollars?! In this book, veteran beauty editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig calls on the experts and intel she has gained from more than 20 years in the industry to show you how to upgrade your look with tips, tricks and techniques designed to bridge the gap between what you want
to look like and what you can afford to look like. It’s a fun read!

If You Give a Mom a Martini: 100 Ways To Find 10 Blissful Minutes for Yourself

by yours truly and my co-author Julie Klappas

If You Give A Mom A Martini: 100 Ways To Find 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself

Give yourself an hour alone under an umbrella on the beach while the kids are building sand castles and you will learn how to recharge those most-needed 10 luscious minutes alone! Yes!
Go to the nearest coffee place and flirt with the latte boy who makes your drink.

And for the kids…

The Captain Underpants series

by Dav Pilkey

The Captain Underpants series

Best for 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-grade boys.


by Victoria Kann


A real treat, especially for the girls. First there was Pinkalicious,
then Purplelicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious and now Emeraldalicious.



I love the BKeepsakes books for babies and lil’ ones. These books are hand-crafted about the day your lil’ one was born. A personalized picture book filled with soft and sweet illustrations. This book, Sonny The Stork’s Special Delivery, was made for my younger son, Oliver. He’s almost 6 and still loves reading this book over and over. In fact, now he’s reading the book himself… not Mommy and Daddy!


For more fun reading suggestions and other Diva Mom tips, follow Lyss Stern on Twitter and Facebook.

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Photo credit: Tracy Toler