• My Favorite Books: What’s on Amanda Griffin-Jacob’s Bookshelves

    Amanda shares how reading transformed her health and lifestyle choices, how it’s inspiring a more nutritious diet for her kids, and more.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • Amanda Griffin-Jacob

    Amanda Griffin-Jacob, mom to Kieran, 3, and Kalon, 1
    Model, host, entrepreneur, book author of “Project Mom”

    How did your parents raise you as a reader?
    When I was growing up, there weren’t so many channels and my parents’ generation really encouraged us to play outdoors, read and not watch too much TV or play video games. They really stocked up on a lot of children’s classics and read to us at night, and they made sure that we always did our own reading. My parents really nurtured our reading—me and my brother—and since then we’ve both enjoyed reading our entire lives.


    What were some of your favorite books growing up?
    Well, I loved the Peter Rabbit series. My dad’s English so I loved Beatrix Potter. Black Beauty [too], because I loved horses since I was younger. And anything by Enid Blyton.


    Would you say that your preference for books changed after you became a mom?
    Absolutely. Before I had kids, I was into a lot of criminal fiction—actually that was my number one [choice]—and then when I got pregnant, I started transitioning into a lot of help books and child development books. It’s really shifted. I’m reading more for information because I’m a mom. And I don’t actually get to read for pleasure too much anymore because I don’t have time, unfortunately. But on my to-do list is to make more time for reading for the love, rather than for study or homework.

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