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My mother past away when I was fairly young, I was a teenager barely into high school when we lost her. She really was my best friend and someone who I credit with fostering my love of reading from a very early age. It started with a beautiful copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends and progressed from there. I appreciate the fact that my mother never really censored my books. She let me independently choose what I wanted to read next. From my obsession with Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew, to the age inappropriate Carrie, my mother just liked the fact that I found pleasure in reading and always found ways to encourage it. This list is for her.
These are ten books I would have loved her to read and, as my adult self, discuss, argue, and fangirl over with her. I remember my mom reading a lot of genre fiction — Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, Jean Auel. She liked thrillers and romance and historical fiction. I hope there’s something on this list that would have made her stay up late saying, “Well, maybe just one more chapter.”
Beloved is so deep, so profoundly sad, and its about a mother and her daughters. Would have loved to discuss this with my mom.
I found my mom’s battered paperback copy of Jane Eyre at my grandmother’s house. I want to know if she was as obsessed with this book and its writer as I am.
When I first read this book, I was obsessed. Obsessed! I think my mother would have loved the romance and adventure of it all, the chemistry between Claire and Jaime, and the historical setting. And sneaky me, I slipped in a bit of a fantasy element in the form of time travel.
The romance between Matthew and Diana is completely absorbing in A Discovery of Witches but it’s balanced with an exciting mystery, a compelling academic setting, and lots of history. My mother would have loved that combo. And there I go again, sneaking in witches, vampires, and demons.
This one would satisfy my mom’s love of suspense and thrillers. It’s dark but the mystery is compelling and completely addictive. I don’t think she would shy away from the disturbing subject matter. I also think she would have ordered the next book in the series from the UK because she couldn’t wait for it to release in the US. Just like I did.
I just recently started reading historical romance. About a week ago. I’ve become a Courtney Milan fangirl but more on that later. My mother had a lot of Kathleen Woodiwiss on her shelves. I’d like to know what she would have though of Milan’s series, the Brothers Sinister. I adored it. I think she would have too.
Ok, so this one combines things my mom loved – romance in a historical setting, a mystery that needs to be solved – with something I love, the paranormal. I would hope she could keep an open mind about the otherworldly aspects of this story because the romance in Firelight is just…delicious.
Full Disclosure: I haven’t read Lace. Yet. My mom and I watched the TV movie adaptation starring Phoebe Cates in some sort of two or three part mini-series. I was just a little kid but I loved watching these soapy movies of the week, just the two of us. The line that always makes me fist pump: “Which one of you bitches is my mother?” DRAMA! I would have loved to have read the book with my mom!
So this series is violent and dark and full of awesomeness. I inhaled Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series and then needed a break. I still need to read the latest release. But I think my mom would have liked the pure drama Martin brings to this world, its politics and intrigue.
Finally, one of my prized possessions is a copy of my mom’s Europe on $5 a Day. She used this book when traveling to Europe for the first time in her twenties. I’d like to get this newer version and laugh with her about the rise in the cost of living, giggle over inflation, and lament the dwindling power of the US dollar overseas.
So what books would top a list of recommendations for your mother?