When putting together my Mother’s Day Gift Guide, I wanted to add so many of these titles that I decided to create a whole new post for Mother’s Day book picks!
These books would be great for a book club or a Mother’s Day gift, or just fun reading for yourself around Mother’s Day. I love these because they are a mix of inspirational, informative, and funny. One of my closest girlfriends wisely once said, “Motherhood is humbling and often humiliating.” These books remind me to laugh, rather than cry, in tough mothering moments and to savor all of the fun in motherhood.
Like My Mother Always Said…: Wise Words, Witty Warnings, and Odd Advice We Never Forget by Erin McHugh. I’m forever saying ‘this is just what my mom told me’ or ‘my mom was so right.’ If you can relate, you’ll love this book. It’s filled with little snippets of helpful and not-so-helpful advice from mom’s that have stuck. Collected under chapter titles like “Good Manners & Bad Behavior” and “Questionable Wisdom”, the advice will make you laugh, smile, and thank your own mom.
I Feel Bad About My Neck is truly a gift from Nora Ephron. She writes a series of hilarious essays on womanhood, aging, and her life as a writer. A quick, relatable read that applies to both young mothers and empty-nesters.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a classic for good reason. Marmee is far and away the greatest of all literary mothers. Raising her four daughters with wildly different personalities, Marmee doles out wisdom and wit at every turn. I learn from her as a daughter and a mother, and I can’t wait to read this book to my daughters when they get a bit older. I got the Puffin in Bloom collectible hardcover set which includes Little Women as a Christmas gift this year and have loved catching up on the classics. Bonus – the books look beautiful as decor.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and I can still remember my own mom cackling as she read it in my childhood living room. With a lot of larger-than-life women and complicated relationships, it’s a great celebration of female friendships, sisterhood, and the bond between mothers and daughters.
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan is utterly relatable in the instagram age. Ashley Keller is a corporate woman turned stay-at-home-mom who gets the chance to go to mommy blogger boot camp. This novel serves as a good reminder of what’s really important in motherhood.
Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton. I searched high and low for fiction novels to add to my motherhood-themed reading list, but it seemed like it was hard to find well-recommended novels that didn’t feature women running away from their husband and children or facing terrible deaths. While protagonist Lilli does face challenges – being pregnant and unwed in 1883 Philadelphia – the story unfolds in the pages of her journal as she navigates life as a mother and is a testament to the power of a mother’s love.
When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be speaks to me on a spiritual level. Amy Wilson, a young mom of three shares the hilarity of motherhood through a series of stories and observations.
What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one women on the gifts that mattered most. I love this collection of reflections from daughters about the ‘gifts’ their mothers gave them that they hold most dear. Many of the contributors are well-known authors and journalists.
I hope you pick up a few of these books for yourself or for another mother in your life. Tell me which ones you’re going to read next, and what other books I should add to my mother’s day list. What’s your favorite motherhood related book? Who is your favorite literary mother? I want to know!