9 great books about {and written by} mothers

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate mom.  Today I’m celebrating mothers in all forms and talking about a few great books about {and written by} mothers.

I love celebrating my mom.

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that we all love and admire our mothers. The road that lead us to understanding that she wasn’t the crazy one while we were growing up  was a bumpy one. It’s safe to say that we were the ones driving her crazy. Now that I’m older, I’m so grateful for all the lessons she’s taught me.

She taught me about Jesus and how much he loves me, how to love everyone, that it’s never too late to chase your dreams, and how to be outspoken on the things that matter. She taught me that a house isn’t a home without love and family. Love, music, and laughter filled our lives even when times were hard.

I get my love of books honestly.

One of the best gifts my mom gave me (other than life) is my love for books. From a very young age, she encouraged me to read. Thanks to her I found my love of Jane Austin, Emily Dickinson, and J.K. Rowling.

Back in the day, her bookshelves were full of her favorite author (Danielle Steel) and a few classics. It’s where I first realized that Gone with the Wind was more than a movie. I remember looking at her bookshelf thinking, “I can’t wait till I have my own bookshelf and I want to read big books just like that when I grow up.” I can say that I now own multiple bookshelves. And though I haven’t read Gone with the Wind (because no one can top Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett), I have read “big books like that”.

A mother is more than a biological connection to a child. It is someone who raises a child with care and affection. A grandmother, an aunt, a mother-in- law.  Like any relationship, it can get a little complicated. Things are not always pretty, but we wouldn’t be here without them. Whoever your mother is, let’s celebrate them and all that they have done for us. We wouldn’t have turned out as awesome as we are without them.

9 books about {and written by} mothers and their children.

I would love to hear about your favorite mother-child relationship books in the comments.


The Joy Luck Club

by: Amy Tan

Goodreads: In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined…

 


Little Women 

by: Louisa May Alcott

Goodreads: Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America.

 

 


The Mothers

by: Brit Bennett

Goodreads: It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance–and the subsequent cover-up–will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.


White Oleander

by: Janet Fitch

Goodreads: Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes–each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned–becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

 


 Everything, Everything

by: Nicola Yoon

Goodreads: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things.


The Secret Life of Bees

by: Sue Monk Kidd

Goodreads: Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


The House of Night Series

by: P. C. Cast + Kristin Cast

Goodreads: After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny.


Between the Lines

by: Jodi Picoult + Samantha Van Leer

Goodreads: Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.


Mother, Can You NOT?

by: Kate Friedman-Siegel

Goodreads: There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while simultaneously making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made?

No one understands the delicate mother-daughter dynamic better than Kate Siegel—her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Now, in Mother, Can You NOT?, Kate pays tribute to the woman who invented the concept of drone parenting.


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