If your baby is in a cluster feeding phase, chances are you could use a little entertainment during those marathon breastfeeding sessions.

By Rebecca Renner
Updated January 11, 2019
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If your life involves some serious marathon breastfeeding sessions (hello, cluster feeding), good books to read while you're camped on the couch are in order. Some of the best books to read while you’re breastfeeding are funny, easy to pick up and put down, and offer a little escape. Essay collections offer bite-sized morsels of humorous goodness that you can listen to one essay at a time. Authors like Phoebe Robinson, David Sedaris, Samantha Irby, and Jenny Lawson will whisk you off to situations that are sometimes dark but always comical.

Celebrity memoirs, on the other hand, will let you imagine yourself in a more glamorous life. Any die-hard fan of Parks and Rec has to read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, which is even better as an audiobook. The same is true about Bossypants, by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. Listening to these books is like having a deep conversation with your funny, wise best friend. Or, if you’re obsessed with The Princess Bride, reading As You Wish by Cary Elwes is almost like watching secret, behind the scenes footage of the movie’s filming.

If you prefer fiction, choose a collection of short stories. Just like essay collections, you can finish a story and then come back to the book later. Some of our favorite short story collections published recently include Florida, by Lauren Groff and White Dancing Elephants, by Chaya Bhuvaneswar.

With so many good books out there, you’ll have plenty to choose from. But if you’re having trouble picking, try one of these books.

Cover of Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

You know you want Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to be your best friend. While you may not be able to join his entourage and follow him around all day, you can get his book. Inspired by his lovely messages to his fans on Twitter, this illustrated collection of sayings will encourage you to seize the day, the night, and all of the other hours in between.

To buy: $13, ($14 for audiobook, 

Cover of Unwifeable, by Mandy Stadtmiller
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Unwifeable, by Mandy Stadtmiller

Do you have a friend who’s always ready with new gossip? If you don’t, Mandy Stadtmiller is here to fill that void. In 2005, she had just gotten divorced when she decided to drop everything and make a new start in Manhattan. She took on the city Carry Bradshaw-style—but with way more toxic partying. Listen to the audiobook of this witty, biting memoir, and for a few minutes at a time, you can escape into New York City’s decadent party scene.

To buy: $16, ($19 for audiobook,

Cover of Happy Accidents, by Jane Lynch
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Happy Accidents, by Jane Lynch

You may recognize Jane Lynch from her role as Coach Sue Sylvester on Glee. Or maybe you’re a huge fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, where Lynch plays the devious Sophie Lennon. You probably didn’t know that Lynch’s career started with her dropping out of her high school play. The outlook for her future prospects didn’t look too bright. Still, she persevered until a series of “happy accidents” led her to the big screen. This look at the real Jane Lynch is both funny and inspirational, a perfect mix when you’re spending a few minutes pumping or feeding.

To buy: $12, ($22 for audiobook,

You Think It, I’ll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld
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You Think It, I’ll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Just like essay collections, short story collections are made for gradual reading. From Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of Eligible and Prep, this new collection of stories includes Ivy Leaguers, lawyers, and plenty of domestic drama. Sittenfeld digs deep into the topics that are on everyone’s minds there days, like class and gender. At the same time, these tales manage the impossible: to be both satirical and compassionate at the same time.

To buy: $15, ($25 for audiobook,

Look Alive Out There, by Sloane Crosley
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Look Alive Out There, by Sloane Crosley

Personal essay collections are perfect for reading in small chunks. This collection by Sloane Crosley contains 16 personal essays that reveal just as many awkward predicaments from Crosley’s life. With her characteristic wit and humor, Crosley tackles her modern conundrums, carrying on the tradition of great essayists like David Sedaris and Nora Ephron.

To buy: $15, ($28 for audiobook,