Recommendations

Books about Mothers

I know we’re all in quarantine and it’s difficult to remember what day of the week it is, but this is a reminder that Mother’s Day is around the corner. I always feel sentimental about my own mother (doesn’t even have to be on or around Mother’s Day) when I read books about relationships with mothers. I decided to put together a list of Mother’s Day reads you and your mom can read together. Or at least you can read and reflect on your own relationship with your mother, positive or negative.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This is a letter written from a son of a mother who cannot read. This is also one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. A reflection on their relationship, their family history, and him developing as a person because of all of that. Read this book if you like prose written like poetry!

If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais

Is blood thicker than water? A baby is taken from his mother and given to a woman who didn’t know she needed a baby in her life. All set in Apartheid South Africa, this books examines the relationship between birth mothers and adoptive mothers (and an interesting lens of race thrown in the mix) and who gets to love a child. Read this is if you like sad books because the ending is a doozy!

Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory’s books are just so cute! The fourth in The Wedding Date series is about the mother of one of the characters. I loved reading about their mother-daughter relationship in other books, but it was really refreshing to have a story written from the point of view of an older women falling in love, especially one who has been a single mother focusing on her daughter and her career for so long. Read this if you like cute romances!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni has to make really tough situations about her future as a high school senior, like most high school seniors. The only difference is that all of her decision hinge on the wellbeing of her daughter. Growing up is tough enough but having a baby at 15 propels you into the life of new responsibilities. Read this book if you got a soft spot for YA (and even if you don’t, it’s still really good)!

Grace by Natashia Deón

The whole novel is about the lengths a mother will go to protect her child. Naomi is a runaway slave who falls in love with a white man and has his baby. She is murdered when her daughter is born and the story weaves together her story and her looking over her daughter as she grows up. Read this if you like intergenerational stories!

What books would you add to the list? Let me know and I’ll add to my never-ending TBR list!

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