I come by my love of reading naturally.
My mom is an avid reader and an English major, and hundreds of my childhood memories involve books and my mom.
She read aloud to us faithfully almost every night for years (even when I was in high school), while my sisters and I braided each others hair and painted our nails. If we really needed another chapter, we could usually convince her if we painted her toenails while she read.
Once, when we were reading Beauty, I woke up in the middle of the night to see her sitting in the hall outside my room finishing the book by the glow of the hall light.
We went to the midnight release of the 4th Harry Potter book, which was still a fairly small event (and then the subsequent ones too).
She used to say, “When I’m reading a good book, my children go hungry and naked.” Now, as a mom myself, I can really appreciate that sentiment, since when I’m in the middle of a good book, I basically just want to park myself on the couch for 4 hours.
I’m not much of a book buyer (librarian for life!), but my mom is, and I owe a lot of my book collection to her.
All of which is to say that books for moms is a home-run gift for Mother’s Day or any other holiday!
Here is a big selection of the best books for moms that would make winner gifts for this year. The best part about this list is the wide variety of topics and genres, so there is something for everyone!
Plus, the great thing about books is you can stop by the bookstore and pick up a book at a moment’s notice. No speedy shipping costs (or shipping costs at all!).
13 fabulous books for mother’s day
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
I actually DID give this one to my mom for Mother’s Day about ten years ago and she loved it (and then she lent it to someone who never returned it, so maybe I should just re-gift it this year). (Full review here)
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder
You don’t expect to laugh this much in a graphic memoir about losing your mother to cancer. And yet, this book manages to be both utterly delightful and absolutely heartbreaking. Whether you’ve lost a loved one and need to feel less alone in your grief or just want a book about the bond between a mother and daughter, this one is an absolute winner. (Don’t be afraid if you’ve never read a graphic novel!).
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
This is a family favorite. Ignore the movie – they have zero similarities except for having twelve children. Laugh, cry, and love every page. Full review.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
If your mom loves fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, this is a slam-dunk winner. My mother-in-law, who has flawless book taste, gave this to me years ago and it was an instant favorite and has been a part of the Everyday Reading Book Club, I love it so much! (Full review here)
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
When my mom came out to help me with my first baby, she read nearly half the book aloud to me. Whenever I think of those first days of motherhood, I think of this book. This one is one of the books to buy mom on audio, because it’s really great to listen to. (Full review here)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I loved this one so much I immediately emailed my mom to say “READ THIS” and she did in about a day and a half and sent me back a long email with her thoughts about the book. Just one of the reasons I love my mom. (Full Review here)
We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers
You know I can’t resist a money book and this one was so good and quite different than a lot of the money books I’ve read in the past. It got me so fired up! It’s ultra-readable and really inspired me, and after I mentioned it last year, my mom texted me to tell me she was reading and enjoying it!. It’s full of practical tips, not just high level information.
First Mothers: The Women that Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo
My mom bought me this book when she came up to visit me at college my freshman year. I remember it clearly because it was SO nice to get off campus to visit a bookstore and also because it was one of the only (if not THE only) non-school book I read that year.
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina SoontornvatI
If I had to choose a single favorite book from 2021, it might be this one. I picked it up when it won the Newbery Honor and then was BLOWN AWAY by it. I had only the vaguest recollections of the news stories around the boys’ soccer team in Thailand that got stuck in a cave during the rainy season, but I knew basically nothing beyond that. If you want non-fiction that reads like a thriller, this is it. (Full review here)
Room by Emma Donaghue
Told from the point of view of a little boy who, with his mother, lives in captivity in a garden shed for five years until they escape and try to adjust to a normal life again. This is parenting like you probably haven’t experienced (thankfully). (Full review here).
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
This is one of his best, I think, and the stand-alone essays mean it’s easy to read a bit at at time. Great book for a mom that doesn’t sit down for long periods of to read. (Full review here).
Are there any other books for mom you love to gift or you have gifted to your mom? Let me know in the comments!
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