14 Perfect Reads For the Book-Loving Moms in Your Life
A book is a thoughtful and inspiring gift, and one that will certainly be appreciated by any of the moms in your life. From the best friend who's seen you through some dark days and is facing her own, to your sister struggling with the anxiety of having a newborn, to your own mom who just wants a fast-paced thriller, we've got you covered. To help you narrow down your selection (there are so many great reads out there!), we've compiled a list of some of our favorite books for every type of mom in your life.
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark
For: The mom who loves a little science in her books.
The Ones We Choose ($16) explores our genetic makeup and how it's imprinted on our personality. Just when single mom Paige Robson's son starts asking questions about his father, the anonymous donor unexpectedly turns up in their lives. Clark beautifully explores the line where genetics and emotions collide.
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
For: The mom who loves a legal family drama with a fast-paced plot.
Lisa Scottoline is a master storyteller and readers won't be disappointed with her latest nail-biting tale, After Anna ($17, originally $28) is about a woman whose life is turned upside when her new husband becomes the prime suspect in her daughter's murder. It's a story about love and loss with a riveting legal battle to keep you turning the pages.
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
For: The mom who doesn't read self-help books, but secretly loves self-help books.
As a journalist, author, and entrepreneur, Sarah Wilson turned herself into a human guinea pig for every self-help, life-changing quest for happiness to help ease her own anxiety. While reading about brain disorders, she stumbled upon an ancient Chinese proverb that would change her life — "To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful." Her memoir, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful ($17, originally $26), is a fascinating exploration into the world of anxiety written with heartfelt and lyrical prose by a truly gifted writer.
A House Among Trees by Julia Glass
For: The mom who loves literary fiction.
Julia Glass is a brilliant writer whose prose reads like poetry. A House Among the Trees ($15, originally $17) is about the death of a famous children's book author, reminiscent of Maurice Sendak, and the secrets he leaves behind. Glass has the ability to create powerful, character-driven novels that take readers on unforgettable and life-changing journeys.
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
For: The mom who loves a story with a silver lining.
We need more novels that explore the power of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit. Katherine Center provides readers with just that and so much more in her latest novel, How to Walk Away ($23, originally $27). Margaret Jacobson's picture-perfect life has been stolen from her in an instant. Now facing an incomprehensible future, Margaret has to find the strength to keep moving forward through unimaginable physical, mental, and emotional pain.
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
For: The mom who loves historical fiction.
Paula McLain dives into the life of Ernest Hemingway and the inspiring women he loved in her gorgeous novel Love and Ruin ($9, originally $16).
Circe by Madeline Miller
For: The mom who wants to be treated like a goddess.
Circe ($16, originally $27) by Madeline Miller explores the life of the infamous Greek goddess in Homer's Odyssey. Circe possesses the power of witches and can turn men into pigs. What is most powerful about Miller's gorgeous novel is its ability to turn an epic story of Greek mythology into a relatable and inspiring feminist story.
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
For: The introspective mom.
Kelly Corrigan is a genius when it comes to personal essays. She explores complex issues with a gentle and relatable approach. Her latest, Tell Me More ($18, originally $26), breaks open the most difficult and complicated conversations, from marriage and infertility to family fights and death, and shows how we can use them to empower each other and find inspiration.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
For: The mom who loves twisty tales.
It's been 10 years since Laurel's daughter disappeared and her whole world fell apart. Now she has come to terms with her loss and is moving forward. When she meets a single dad and sparks fly, Laurel finally feels like there's a possibility for happiness again . . . until she meets his daughter, Poppy, who bears a striking resemblance to her missing daughter. Then She Was Gone ($18, originally $26) is a riveting thriller!
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
For: The mom who loves romantic comedies.
Mary Kay Andrews never disappoints, and her latest is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. An elderly heiress with long-buried secrets employs a young, plucky attorney to help her reconnect and make peace with the families of her best friends, the girls of The High Tide Club ($20, originally $28). Mary Kay Andrews stories are fun, light-hearted, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal
For: The mom who loves to cook but doesn't love complicated recipes.
Jennifer Segal, creator of the wildly popular food blog Once Upon a Chef, has crafted the perfect resource for busy people wanting to make delicious meals. Her book, Once Upon a Chef ($20, originally $30), like her website, provides step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photos that make even the most complicated looking dishes simple and effortless.
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy
For: The mom who likes to read coming-of-age novels, especially when the "coming-of-age" happens later in life.
In Regrets Only ($16), Duffy tells the story of Claire, whose life has just thrown her for a loop. She catches her husband and their realtor, who just so happens to be his high school sweetheart, in a compromising position. Duffy explores the complexities of marriage, the unpredictability of life, and the power of resilience in a story that will charm readers from page one.
Go Ask Ali by Ali Wentworth
For: The mom who makes you laugh.
Ali Wentworth is famous for being the outspoken, hilarious, and adorably self-deprecating wife of George Stephanopolous. She is also remembered as "Schmoopie" from the infamous Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. In Go Ask Ali ($16, originally $26), she writes about everything from navigating Instagram to raising daughters while still trying to understand herself. Wentworth's latest collection of essays are endlessly entertaining and pure enjoyment. "No! You're schmoopie!"