What To Get Your Book-Loving Mom For Mother’s Day

Gift Ideas For Book-Loving Moms on Mother's Day

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a decent amount of time you know that I lost my mom to brain cancer in 2006 when I just shy of 21 years old. My mom was a reader — she devoured John Grisham and just about any other mystery or thriller, memoirs of all kinds, any Oprah book club book and any sort of romance (Danielle Steele was her favorite).Β  I feel like I definitely got my love for reading at an early age from her. I always think about how our relationship would have changed once I became an adult (things were a bit tumultuous between us when she got sick). One of the things I often think about is if we would have talked books and given each other recommendations. I wonder if she would have branched out in her reading tastes and we could have read books together. I really would have loved to buy her books for Mother’s Day!

So I thought it might be fun to put together some books (and extra non-book goodies at the end) to help you pick out for YOUR moms for Mother’s Day! (Or for yourself, let’s be real!).

Mostly everything is going to be more recent releases in hopes that your mom hasn’t read it yet!

If your mom likes things that fall under the “general fiction” or “contemporary fiction” umbrella…


books for mom

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg
The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia BijanClose Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Mothers by Brit Bennett



If your mom likes mysteries/thrillers….

books for mom for Mother's day

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman
What’s Become Of Her by Deb Caletti
The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea



If your mom likes historical fiction….

books to buy your mom for mother's day

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck



If your mom likes romance novels….

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The Thing About Love by Julie James
Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi
What We Find by Robyn Carr
I Dared The Duke by Anna Bennett


If your mom likes non-fiction….

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering The Globe by Tsh Oxenreider

The Foundling: The True Story of A Kidnapping, A Family Secret & My Search For The Real Me

If your mom likes young adult literature…


A Psalm For Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson


If your mom likes fantasy or sci-fi type books….

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Don’t want to buy your mom books per se?



This was fun! My picks were inspired by what I’d get my mom if she were still alive, picks for my mother-in-law and books I think my stepmom would like. Hope you find something you for your mom….or yourself.

What books do you think would make great gifts for moms on Mother’s Day? I went with recently released stuff but would love to hear your tried and true picks!


PS. A Motherless Daughter On Mother’s Day // A Motherless Daughter on Mother’s Day Pt 2 // On Mother’s Day


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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. This is an amazing idea. πŸ™‚ personally my mom loves John Grisham, Jodi picoult, and historical fiction. Couple years ago on Mother’s Day I bought her The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and she just loved it so much. We live continents away from each other so anything and everything is good. πŸ™‚ my mother-in-law is pretty much the same but she loves herself a good romance once in a while too. I have gifted her so many books that she could open her own library. Hahaha
    Ps: I’m sorry about your mom, it can’t be easy πŸ™ but I wanted to let you know that I think it is very brave of you to share something so personal.
    Ps: I hope you won’t mind, if I used this idea of a blog post – I’ll make sure to tag your blog in it. πŸ™‚

    • Oh man I think my mom would have Jodi Picoult had she been more popular back then! Def would have devoured those books! Ooh The Nightingale…I’ve heard good things! I love that you are able to share a bond with your mom, no matter how far away, in the form of books!

      Would love to see your post! πŸ™‚

  2. I love this post!!! Such a great idea. πŸ™‚ like you said my mother also loves reading, she can devavour a John Grisham, Jodi Picoult or a historical fiction in one sitting. I got my love of books from my mother too. Couple years ago for Mother’s Day I got her The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and she loved it. We live continents and countries away from each other so anything and everything is good. πŸ™‚ As per my mother-in-law, she’s also a bookworm and does enjoy a good romance every once in a while. I bought her enough books that she can start her own library. πŸ˜‰
    I wanted to say that I didn’t know about what happened to your mother and I’m sorry to hear it πŸ™ it can’t be easy… but I also wanted to add that you’re very brave for sharing something so personal.

  3. So many good books on this list. I love them all! =)
    Sam @ WLABB

  4. So I posted my post haha πŸ™‚ and tried to tag you in it. But if you don’t get a notification here’s the link for it, if you’d like to take a look at it πŸ™‚ thanks so much again πŸ™‚

  5. I love this post! I just wrote on for TTT about my Mom’s favourite books and how she recommended so many books to me from historical romance to Harry Potter. I wish she were still here to swap fave books with.

    I feel a kinship with you with both of us having lost our Mom’s and having earned our love of reading from them.

    Happy soon-to-be Mother’s Day! πŸ˜™


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