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10 Books My Mom Recommends


You don’t know my mom, but she is pretty amazing. She gave me so much, but possibly the most important are two of my biggest passions — love of reading and love of learning.

My mom is probably one of the most well-read people I know. I remember her reading to my siblings and me when we were little, books like Robinson Crusoe and Old Yeller, reading stories on car trips, and always having a book with her. She made me read books like Of Mice and Men with no warning and making me mad at her for WEEKS.

Today is her birthday and to celebrate I made her work for it. She shared with me 10 books that she recommends. Her favorites. As I read through the list I discovered that I am not the only one who reads a variety of genres. Maybe it’s genetic πŸ™‚

Without further adieu, 10 books recommended by my mom with her notes:


1.Β Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 2 upper midwest (Minnesota) brothers learn as they grow from the midst of a family tragedy.

2. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Lessons on stereotype and judgements.

3. Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly. Sometimes a society/culture doesn’t even realize their own prejudices. Hence, the word ‘hidden’.


4. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Troubled thinking/ troubled life. This one makes me uncomfortable – I guess that makes it a good book.

5. Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier. Both are tragic love stories intertwined in painful US history.Β  My take on it is our lives can’t be separated from the historical events happening around us.


6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.Β  At first, I didn’t see the Pulitzer here….but my mind keeps coming back to it. Definitely not a feel-good novel. But feels like ‘ok’ –which I guess reflects a lot about life.

7. Saving Fish from Drowning and The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan. Entertainment!


8. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz. Life, death, and stuff in between.

9. Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt.

10. M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton. Both (#9 and 10) are in the end feeling of hope and resilience of youth.

And there you have it, 10 books my mom recommends. Oddly enough, I haven’t read any of these books. I have my mom’s copy of Ordinary Grace and I think that is next on my TBR pile, thanks to this post. Thanks, mom, for the list and my love of reading. And happy birthday πŸ™‚


Let’s talk!

Have you read any of these books? Are you adding any of them to your TBR list? What would your mom recommend?


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