A reading list for Mother’s Day

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There’s nothing quite like settling into a good book and being able to loose yourself in the pages of something gripping or inspiring. We’ve put together this concise reading list, inspired by Mother’s Day, for you to peruse this weekend. Whether you’re a mother yourself or not, take a look at these titles and see if one of these could be your next read. 

For the inspiring woman in your life


This fantastic book is the perfect gift for any inspirational woman in your life, including yourself. Inside, you’ll find thought provoking quotes that have the potential to kickstart your life and career into gear. The chosen quotes are witty and wise – they will leave a smile on your face while you contemplate your next life move. 

Once a mother, always a mother, on life with adult children – Annette Byford

This is the perfect addition to the bookshelf of any mother or grandmother. Once a Mother takes the reader on an emotional journey through motherhood and has been repeatedly praised for putting complex feelings of motherhood into eloquent words. Within the pages there really is something for everyone, and there are many parts that will resonate with mothers everywhere. 

Mumlife- Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland made her debut to YouTube over a decade ago and has since proved herself to be wonderful at producing cosy feeling vlogs and media content, but an incredible writer. Having written a series of best selling novels, MumLife is Louise’s honest account of motherhood. This is a wonderful comfort read for mums everywhere.

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Classic tales with great mother figures

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

There isn’t a coming of age tale quite like Little Women. While this classic can be found on bookshelves everywhere, there are some beautiful modern editions that will take pride of place on the shelf. Take a look at the Wordsworth Collector’s Editions, Puffin in Bloom, Wordsworth Luxe Collection, or the Penguin Clothbound Classics to find a special version for someone special (or yourself!).

Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Following Anne Shirley’s adventures and seeing how her relationship with adoptive maternal figure Marilla Cuthbert builds and blossoms is an undeniably heart warming tale. There are a number of lovely editions of this classic to add to your shelf, whether it’s a new tale to you or not.

Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood – Holly McNish

Holly McNish’s poetry books are fast becoming recognised as modern classics. Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood touches on many aspects of parenthood that will be instantly recognisable to mothers across the globe. Dive into this tome or gift it to someone special – like all of Holly’s poetry books, this one makes a gorgeous gift. 

Perfect for mums to sink their teeth into and escape reality a page at a time

The East German Spy Mistress – Natalia Pastukhova

If you’re after a spy novel written with a strikingly unique writing style and a brilliantly written woman lead – this is the book for you. Natalia Pastukhova has now written a handful of books based on old family anecdotes and they are all exceptionally well written and full of intrigue. It’s easy to get totally wrapped up in The East German Spy Mistress – we completely recommend it!

A Spell of Good Things – Ayòbámi Adébáyò

A Spell of Good Things is an enchantingly written tale of two Nigerian families coming together under unexpected circumstances. This book was been described as ‘scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely’ by Margaret Atwood and has received many more rave reviews. This is a novel not to miss out on this year, and would make the perfect read for any keen reader. 

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