Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to My Mom

Posted May 16, 2017 by Madalyn || 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Mother’s Day freebie (which, by the way, happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!), so I decided to talk about books I want my mom to read! My family is full of voracious readers, and my mom is no exception. I attribute a huge part of my love of reading to her. And, as we all know, pushing books on our loved ones is one of the key parts of being a book blogger. My mom has started to take more of my recommendations in recent years (as my tastes have grown), but here are some books I think she’d really enjoy, as well as the reasons I would recommend them to her! And Mom, if you’re reading this– this one’s for you. <3

madalyn’s top ten

salt. by Nayyrirah Waheed // This is a poetry collection I read recently that I think my mom would also really enjoy. She likes poetry, and this is some of the best modern, feminist poetry I’ve ever read. Nayyirah Waheed truly has a gift for language and expressing the inexpressible.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // My mom actually might have already read this?? My stepdad and I both can’t stop raving about this book. Coates discusses what it’s like to be black in America, and does so through the incredibly poignant format of a letter to his adolescent son. I think this would resonate with my mom both as a parent and as an activist.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis // Another recent read of mine. I think my mom would enjoy (and be rightfully enraged by) this brutally honest exploration of rape culture and the patriarchy. It might be a bit dark for her tastes, but I think the feminist themes would resonate.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray //  I have long thought my mom would appreciate Libba Bray’s clever writing, and this entire book is 100% her sense of humor. I got my bitingly sarcastic, witty sense of humor from her, and Beauty Queens is a satirical work with exactly this type of humor. Plus, again, feminist themes!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // This is one that I recommend to everyone, but I do think my mom in particular would like it a lot. Its examination of race and the Black Lives Matter movement brings to light so many important points, and gives the reader new perspective on institutionalized racism and police brutality. Plus, I think she would love Starr’s family.


A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Again, I think my mom would love Libba Bray’s writing. I don’t think she’s normally a historical fiction fan, but I think she would appreciate the elements of magical realism and urban fantasy in this story. Plus, this series played a huge part in shaping who I am, and I think my mom knows that and would read it just because of that. Plus– the catchphrase of this post– the feminist undertones in this series are on point!

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling // Do I really need a reason other than I NEED EVERYONE I KNOW (but especially my family) TO READ HARRY POTTER? Also, I KNOW she would love it. I just know it.

March, vol. 1 by John Lewis // I don’t see my mom necessarily as the graphic novel type, but I think she would find John Lewis’s story fascinating, and this is a great medium for his life story. Plus, she would get to see how freaking awesome her daughter’s Congressman is. 😉

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick // This one is a bit of a gamble, but Jane Austen is one of my mom’s favorite authors, and I think she’d find The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (both the web series and this awesome novel) to be a fantastically clever modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I felt like, even more than the web series, this book really captured Lizzie as a character– one I happen to find super witty and funny, and I think my mom would, too.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck // A classic had to sneak its way in here somewhere (she does have a degree in English, after all). This is one of the best, if not THE absolute best, books I have ever read. It’s pure genius, honestly. It’s widely accepted as Steinbeck’s masterpiece. I know my mom would love the thorough discussion of heavy topics like predestination vs. free will, but I also think she would love the family aspect of it. She, like her daughter, seems to love family sagas, and this is hands-down the BEST one I’ve read. My stepbrother also counts this among his favorite books, and the two of us are always imploring our other family members to pick it up!

There you have it! Ten books I think my mom would love. I had so much fun making this list– I’d love to do similar lists for my other family members and maybe even some of my friends! What books would you recommend to your mom?

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Madalyn is a 20-something music student and lifelong lover of reading. When she's not reading or singing, you're likely to find her drinking coffee, traveling, or buying more lipstick than one person could possibly need.
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14 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to My Mom

  1. Savannah Aleksic

    I’ve gotten my mom into reading Harry Potter but she’s busy all the time so she’s only on the third book

  2. I absolutely love this list! I got my mom into reading YA a few years ago but never recommended some of the older, but amazing, books like Beauty Queens and The Great and Terrible Beauty. I think she would really like them too! Thank you for this great idea– my mom is about to get a long list of recommended books. 🙂

  3. That is so cool that your family loves to read! My parents definitely enabled and encouraged my (and my siblings’) reading habits, but I can’t say that they love to read like I do. You should definitely show your mom this list! 😀

    Have a lovely week, Madalyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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