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Top Ten Books To Buy Your Mum

Originally written for a Christmas gift guide, here are top ten books to buy your mum. 

So, if your mum:

  1. enjoys historical novels: Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel.  I didn’t get on with these but I do understand why they were so popular.  
  2. likes nostalgic books: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  The way Mitchell talks about different eras so vividly and accurately makes me think any mum growing up in the 60’s / 70’s / 80’s would love this book.  
  3. is a fierce feminist: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  This essay is very powerful and, in my opinion, every woman should read it.
  4. loves a bit of crime fiction: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.  A book your mum can inhale over the Christmas break and you can discuss your theories!
  5. enjoys non-fiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.  One of the most ‘real’ non-fiction books I have read this year.  Amazing.
  6. loves a laugh: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.  This book had me laughing out loud and the pitch of the narrative can be read at all levels.  
  7. is a romantic: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro  This isn’t a Jane Austen novel, granted, but there are some beautifully touching romantic moments that would tug at any romantic’s heart strings.
  8. likes an epic read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  It is an epic.  It is my favourite book of the year.  I cannot bring myself to do a post on it as I am not sure how I could convey the emotional attachment I have to it – I am afraid I won’t do it justice! I’m sure that is a rubbish way of recommending a book but there is little else to say!
  9. enjoys sarcasm: The Ladybook Book Of The Mum.  Quite frankly – this book is blooming hilarious!
  10. loves a good cry: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  This is a real tear-jerker of a book.

Thanks for reading!

What books would you recommend? 

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Books To Buy Your Mum

  1. Sorry to hear about your mum.

    I love Hosseini books though I wouldn’t get them for my mum. She can’t had sad books or movies even watching the titanic really upset her:-)However, I think I will get her Adichie’s book. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  2. Great picks for this week, I will definitely keep this post in mind when it comes to Christmas and my mum’s next birthday. I haven’t read any of these books myself but there are a few I saw which I think would make perfect gifts for my mum, I know she loves crime fiction so His Bloody Project may be what I buy her first! 😀

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