Best Books To Gift For Mother’s Day, Part 1

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best books to gift for mother's day

A couple of years ago my husband and child were sick on Mother’s Day. The kind of sick that isn’t worrisome, that just involves lounging around and watching lots of TV.

And honestly, it was one of my favorite Mother’s Days. Why? I remember ordering pizza and sitting on the couch all day long finishing an entire book. Perfection.

You might not be able to give the book-loving women in your life a day of reading for Mother’s Day, but you can definitely give them a book. If you are looking for ideas, I’m sharing some good books for moms – or any women you are honoring on Mother’s Day – below. Stay tuned for nonfiction, literary fiction, and thriller lists coming over the next few weeks.

What books would you add to this list?

For the woman who is fascinated with celebrity

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This is a fictional oral history of a 1970s rock band. Drama and the most heartbreaking and satisfying love triangle abound. This is one of my favorite books period and I’ve written about one reason why it resonates with me and why I highly recommend the audiobook.

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

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 A fake dating trope but not a rom com – just drama-rama, yachts, media manipulation, and did I mention so much drama?

American Royals by Katherine McGee

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Imagine a world where the founding fathers had chosen a monarchy instead of a democracy. Now fast forward 200+ years to the life of the Washington family, the current monarchs of America. This is the first in a Young Adult series that follows the three Washington children as they navigate life as royals.

For the woman who has a special place in her heart for ‘90s rom coms

One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

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A plus-sized fashion blogger agrees to go on a Bachelorette-type reality show – let the rom com-ing begin! I stayed up late to clean my house just to finish this one.

Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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A writer who lives her life according to rom coms and dreams of writing her own screenplay one day becomes an assistant to the director for a rom com filming in her hometown. So adorable and so many rom com movie references.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

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A recently divorced writer agrees to have the movie she wrote filmed at her house and through a series of events, the lead actor in the movie moves in with her. I read nearly all of this on a plane and it was delightful.

The Very Irregular Society of Witches by Sangu Mandanna

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Three young witches are orphaned and their caregivers seek out an adult witch to teach them. The world-building, characters, and themes about the power of connection and community here were lovely.

For the woman who likes new spins on classics

Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

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For the Little Women fan who always felt like the way things ended between Jo and Laurie was unsatisfying. I’ll leave it at that.

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

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Marilla is the real MVP of the Anne of Green Gables series, and this is imagining her backstory. I found it to be in line with the original series, to be heartbreaking, and to make me love Marilla even more.

For the women who likes middle grade and young adult books

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

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A young girl lives with her father on a renovated school bus, traveling around the United States after a family tragedy. There are a beautiful array of characters that become found family and so much beautiful writing about processing grief. Laughing and ugly crying ensue.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

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I read this a couple of years ago and it has stuck with me. A recent high school graduate and his girlfriend had booked a cross-country train ride the summer after graduation. The boy gets dumped, so he somehow finds another young person with the same name to take the extra ticket. This book was just lovely and had me down the rabbit hole of researching cross-country train trips.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This is the first in a three book series about a high school girl, her two sisters and Dad, her best friend, and her first love. I wish I could go back and read them for the first time again. They are funny, heart-wrenching, and real.

For the woman who likes women’s fiction

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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This is my favorite book by the local Houston author, but in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of her books (except maybe that one that takes places in Galveston). The main character here is a firefighter in Austin, TX. She has to move to the northeast and ends up working in a much more conservative fire station in Boston. So much happens as she navigates her relationship with her mom, her new colleagues, and herself. I just loved this one.

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

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A grieving musician (she recently lost her mom) has a breakdown on stage and takes time away from performing. She joins her father on a cruise that he and her mother were supposed to go on. I love a story that is forced to be contained in a single place, and come to think of it, this author has sold me on both cruise ships and trains.

Love Walked In

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This is the first in a series of three books that follow the main character and a constellation of family and found family. This one had a twist that I seriously didn’t see coming. The whole series is just filled with beautiful depictions of all kinds of relationships.

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