Does the mom in your life spend so much time at the library that staff members know her by name? Is her commute incomplete without a great book? Is she just starting to find time to read again after a long career/kid/housework-induced hiatus? If any of these apply, a book’s probably a great bet for Mother’s Day.
“But I don’t know what to get her!” you exclaim. Not to worry, we’re here to help. Just check below for a book that she’s already read (and loved) and we’ll recommend one that’ll earn you all the brownie points, and maybe even some brownies (and show her how much you appreciate her, of course).
If she’s read: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
World War II is in full force when Josef travels from Prague to NYC to live with his cousin. The teenage boys push to the forefront of the Golden Age of comics, and the rest is histor… ical fiction.
Then try: A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl
In this novel, a mother and son drive from New York to LA (and towards the son’s estranged father). Along the way, they learn a lot about each other, comics, and the power of story.
If she’s read: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A disturbing dystopian about a woman named Offred and her role as a reproductive surrogate in a world where birth rates have declined, women’s rights have been decimated, and social classes are strictly enforced.
Then try: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
After a worldwide pandemic causes the collapse of modern civilization, Kirsten joins an acting troupe called the Traveling Symphony. Things go as well as can be expected—until they encounter the Prophet.
If she’s read: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Clare and Henry struggle to maintain a romance despite a serious complication: Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to spontaneously disappear—and then reappear—at different points in his past and future.
Set in the near future, childhood friends Laurence and Patricia find themselves on the opposite sides of a war between a tech start-up that wants to save humanity and a society of witches intent on preserving the earth.
If she’s read: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
This classic novel follows the members of the Joy Luck Club, four women who have immigrated to San Francisco from China. It’s a celebrated examination of female friendship and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
In this coming-of-age story set in 1980s Toronto, a Korean Canadian girl named Mary is stuck between cultures. As Mary struggles to understand her identity, she encounters violence and compassion in unexpected places.
If she’s read: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
A collection of 30 short stories by the author of Neverwhere, Coraline, and Stardust. The collection includes the Locus-winning “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and the Hugo-winning novelette “A Study in Emerald.”
The author of Boy, Snow, Bird returns with an enchanting collection of tales with a touch of magic, all held together by common characters and an interwoven obsession with keys.
If she’s read: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
In this lighthearted novel by the author of Pride and Prejudice, seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland finds herself at the centre of a rivalry between two wealthy families. When a suitor invites her to stay at Northanger Abbey, his family’s home, her imagination in captured by a closed-off suite of rooms.
Then try: The Memento by Christy Ann Conlin
Twelve-year-old Fancy Mosher is hired to work as a maid at Petal’s End, the summer home of the wealthy and eccentric Parker family. When the Parkers arrive, Fancy is quickly swept up in a family drama rife with secrets and lies.
If she’s read: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Sally and Gillian Owens are raised by their aunts, who are known around town for providing magical solutions to desperate woman. After years of taunting by their neighbours, Sally and Gillian are both eager to shed their aunts’ reputations and go their own way—until years later, when Gillian shows up on Sally’s doorstep with a big problem.
Then try: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair run a teashop in 1880’s New York. But tea isn’t the only thing they’ve got on offer—they also offer spells, natural remedies, and palmistry. But it’s a dangerous time for witches in New York City, and things just get more complicated when a third, younger witch moves in.
If she’s read: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A woman struggling with alcohol addiction gets mixed up in a murder investigation while trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The biggest problem? She has no idea if she had something to do with the murder.
Then try: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A couple of weeks after the suicide of Hannah Baker, seven cassette tapes arrive at the home of Clay Jenson. The tapes, which were recorded by Hannah herself, contain thirteen reasons for her death, and Clay must explore the town while listening to the tapes to fully understand what happened to the girl he’d cared about.
If she’s read: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Nouschka Tremblay lives with her twin brother in an apartment on Montreal’s St. Laurent Boulevard. As the children of notorious folk singer Etienne Tremblay, they’re frequently subjected to public scrutiny and adoration. This book is about what happens behind the scenes when it all falls apart.
Then try: The Break by Katherena Vermette
When a young Métis woman calls the police after witnessing a rape, readers are thrown into a literary thriller told in 10 different voices. Through these voices, readers not only come to understand what happened, but they also learn about the reality of life in Winnipeg’s North End.
If she’s read: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
In this memoir, Jenny Lawson (also known as The Bloggess) uses humour to shine a light on her struggle with mental illness. Also included: a metal chicken named Beyoncé, an extremely awkward social engagement, and taxidermy.
Then try: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Filled with excerpts from the diary that Carrie Fisher kept while working on the original Star Wars trilogy, the Princess Diarist offers a humourous peek at the nature of sci-fi celebrity.