15 Books For Mom This Mother’s Day

Looking for a gift for mom this Mother’s Day? Here are 15 books we think your mom would love, and we’ve even suggested a fun gift to pair with each book, so you’ve got the perfect present to celebrate mom.

1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Has your mom read Rosie yet? This book makes a perfect gift: it’s funny, totally charming, and will leave your mom with a smile on her face.
Pair it with: a lobster dinner, or roses of course!

2. Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech
Fly a Little Higher is Laura’s inspirational story about her son Zach, and his battle with cancer, and how he showed the world how to live every day like it’s your last. This is one powerful read.
Pair it with: a CD of Zach’s song, Clouds, which became a viral sensation.

3. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
A quirky, new book from the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared! Perfect if your mom loves a quirky, fun book.
Pair it with: a copy of The 100-Year-Old Man :), or something fun from one of our other favourite Swedish imports – IKEA.

4. North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
This is Cea Sunrise Person’s story about how she went from living off the land in Northern Alberta with her unusual family to becoming an international model by the age of 13.
Pair it with: something outdoorsy, or maybe a fashion magazine — Cea’s book really covers a lot of subjects!

5. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Can you say mother-daughter book club? You will want to analyze every line of Heather O’Neill’s poignant new novel about a young girl finding herself in the seedy part of Montreal, while also dealing with her wild twin brother and absentee father, a legendary Quebecois folksinger.
Pair it with: Heather’s first book, Lullabies for Little Criminals.


6. Paris Express by Laura Calder
Does your mom love French food? Paris Express is a book of quick, modern recipes that will have your mom breezily whipping up gorgeous French meals in the blink of an eye.
Pair it with: dinner at a French restaurant, or a bottle of French wine.

7. The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland
Is your mom a historical fiction fan? The Shadow Queen is a seductive, gripping novel about the lure and illusion of power and black magic, set in Paris, 1660.
Pair it with: macarons, a Parisian treat that’s fit for a queen!

8. You’re the Best Mom!
Aw, now this is a great activity for kids to do for mom to celebrate Mother’s Day. You’re the Best Mom! has kid-friendly prompts such as quizzes, short answer questions, and fill-in-the-blank questions that children can use to engage with their mother.
Pair it with: some original artwork for mom’s refrigerator.

9. Jason Priestley: A Memoir
Jason Priestley, star of Beverly Hills, 90210 and one of the biggest teen idols of the 1990s, chronicles the highs and lows of his life and career in this charming and honest memoir. I can remember watching 90210 with my mom (yes, that was awkward at times), and I know she secretly had a crush on nice-guy Brandon, so this gift will make her smile.
Pair it with: 90210 on DVD! Bonus: Get it signed for mom when Jason is in Toronto May 8th.

10. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Readers around the world have fallen in love with the Senior League, five residents of the Diamond Retirement Home, who turn to a life of crime. Make your mom laugh-out-loud with this hilarious novel.
Pair it with: a dessert so good it’s criminal. (See what I did there?)


11. I Heart My Little A-holes by Karen Alpert
In I Heart My Little A-Holes, Karen Alpert shares hilarious stories, lists, and deep thoughts on the joys and horrors of raising children. This book is really, really funny and we bet your mom will get a kick of it!
Pair it with: Wine, candles, relaxing things.

12. Bunner’s Bake Shop Cookbook
Another great one for the mama who loves to bake! This cookbook is packed with simple and delicious gluten-free, vegan treats. (I personally love the date squares!)
Pair it with: delicious baked goods.

13. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
Take your mother to Paris in the 1920s with this beautifully-written, intricate novel from the wonderful Francine Prose.
Pair it with: Indigo’s Paris is Always a Good Idea mug.

14. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide.
Pair it with: tickets to see Cameron’s new movie, The Other Woman (it’s very funny!)

15. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
A total girl-power story from Anne Fortier about the ancient Amazons and a modern-day professor uncovering their secrets.
Pair it with: Girl’s Night Out’s Sangria – it’s their Book Club Pick this month!

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For inspiration, here’s a picture of me and my mom, bonding over our love of reading. My mom was the one who taught me how to read, and so books have always been something we shared.


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4 thoughts on “15 Books For Mom This Mother’s Day

  1. BUNNER’S BAKE SHOP, our mother always loved to read to us, and read herself as an inspiration, at almost 85 she still is a book lover even with very poor eyesight, it doesn’t stop her!

  2. My mum read to me from the youngest age: charlotte’s web, the Oxford book of children’s short stories. I soon became an avid reader… Later majoring in English! Now I write! Thank mum!

  3. The first book my mom shared with me was Ten Apples up,on top by Dr. Seuss and Dirty Harry , I can remember them well and had to have them read to me very night for a good year. I am sure she could recite them without looking at the book as she would say parts of the book during the day to me and I would finish it.
    Best of times. If I could give her a book it would be about being the greatest mother with all the
    Patience in the world.

  4. Tough one! I would have to go Rosie Project though – she would adore the love story.

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