The Mother of All Gifts: Books to Give to Your Mom

The Mother of All Gifts: Books to Give to Your Mom

Mother’s Day is upon us, and we’re guessing that many of you are looking for the perfect gift for the maternal figure in your life. Here at Bookish, we think books are the ideal present for any occasion, and Mother’s Day is no exception. We’ve recommended book picks for every kind of mother figure in your life, whether or not the two of you actually share DNA. Without further ado, here are the perfect books for your mom.

Need some literary accessories to go with your book? Check out our Mother’s Day gift guide.

For the mom addicted to Say Yes to the Dress:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

We bet your mom will love reading about Alexa and Drew who get stuck in an elevator together and then decide to attend a wedding as dates. Will sparks fly, or will the evening fizzle? She’ll have to read to find out.

For the mom who loves to cook:

The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Odds are, most of us probably think our own mother is the best cook in the world. Remind your mom how much you love her meatloaf with this delectable book from Rick Bragg. Fair warning: This will make you hungry.

For the mom who always gives the best advice:

Asking for a Friend by Jessica Weisberg

Moms always give the best advice, right? Honor that by gifting your mother Asking for a Friend, which is a history of advice-giving. We think this is the ideal present for the Dear Abby in your life.

For the mom who insists on reading the book before seeing the movie:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan’s blockbuster novel is becoming a movie this year, and if your mom is like our moms, she’ll want to read the book first. Make that happen for her by gifting her Crazy Rich Asians.

For the mom who wishes she worked at Dunder Mifflin:

This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

Workplace comedies are eternal crowd-pleasers. They’re funny, they’re relatable, and they’re always a good gift. Get your mother chuckling with This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff.

For the mom who wants to read a thriller about her worst nightmare:

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

To be clear: This book will stress out any mother figure you gift it to. That said, who doesn’t love a heart-pounding read every once in a while? We bet Aimee Molloy’s thriller will ensure your mom never lets you out of her sight again.

For the mom who is super excited about the royal wedding:

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Is your mom waiting with bated breath to watch the royal wedding? We’re confident she’ll enjoy Alyssa Cole’s tale about love and royalty.

For the mom who loves escaping into the past:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

There’s nothing like falling into a work of historical fiction, and we think Jennifer Egan’s latest would make the perfect gift. Prepare not to talk to your mom for a few days: She won’t be able to put this one down.

For the mom who lives and breathes feminism:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer’s latest is undoubtedly one of the year’s buzziest books, and we’re confident that it will be a hit with your mother. Wolitzer writes about ambition and female friendship and delivers a memorable tale.

For the mom who watched Gossip Girl and wants a laugh:

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley’s essays will entertain and inform your mom. Whether she’s interested in reading about Crosley’s time on Gossip Girl, aging, or life in Manhattan, there’s an essay here to keep your mom engaged.

For the mom who loves reading to little ones:

The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

We bet the mother figure in your life will adore reading this inventive children’s book to the kids in her life. No one will even miss the illustrations!

For the mom who is feeling poetic:

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith

Whether your mom is a budding fan of poetry or a longtime reader of verse, Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water is sure to impress, entertain, and enthrall her. For even more poetry recommendations, check out this list.

For the mom who likes fairy tales with a twist:

The Merry Spinster by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

This collection is perfect for the mother who read you fairy tales when you were growing up. Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s stories are a darker and more complex take on the classics, although we still encourage you to read them together.

For the mom who is feeling essayistic:

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is legendary, and we’re willing to bet that your mom has already heard of her and has maybe even read some of her novels. What she might not know is that Smith has a new book of essays out. We bet she’ll be thrilled to unwrap it this Mother’s Day.


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