My Mom’s Book Recommendations


My mother, although she is not a “cool mom” in the mean girls sens, has always been loved by my friends for her book recommendations. An avid reader from an early age, she has always had a wonderful taste for books. She and my grandmother always share book recommendations. I was lucky that she passed on her bookworm nature to me; luckily she used to give me some of her old books when I was younger. She would randomly give me books she liked or go through her library and give me a stack of books she liked. She also gave my friends books she really liked as gifts. My mom is like the best personal shopper librarian. Here is a list of some of my favorite books she recommended:

  1. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – A thrilling true crime book revolving around the Watergate scandal. It was written by the journalists who uncovered the scandal.
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – When my mother gave me this, I had no idea it would become my most read book of all time. It’s absolute comfort reading for me, and don’t be intimidated by its classic status; it’s relatable and funny. Elizabeth and Darcy are two wonderful characters who achieve excellent character development. Their love story has inspired so much media for a reason.
  3. When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi- An absolutely overwhelming memoir, the author writes a beautiful memoir of his cancer diagnosis as a neurosurgeon.
  4. educated by Tara Westover – Another memoir from the author growing up in a survivalist family and learning the power of education.
  5. Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout – A heartfelt story about a middle-aged woman who had children and two marriages. After her husband’s death the previous year, she spends time with her ex-husband, whom she really has always had feelings for. This book explores family dynamics and the differences between being in love and loving.
  6. The Moonflower Slayers by David Grann – A true story about the start of the FBI and the murders of Native Americans in a town that is hidden.
  7. A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – One of my favorites, this book spans decades, following Count Alexander Rostov under house arrest in Russia during the days of the Soviet Union. During a tense time in Russian history, the story follows him and his relationships with different people while living in the grand hotel. This is a moving and wonderfully written novel.
  8. Caste: the origins of our discontent by Isabel Wilkerson – This non-fiction book deals with the origins of the caste system and looks at the structures of different societies: India, America and Nazi Germany.
  9. Anxious people by Fredrik Backman – This one she gave to my best friend, who later recommended it to me. It is the story of different people during a bank robbery and explores the relationships between people. This book is very modern and incredibly moving.

These are just the beginning of my mom’s book recommendations. I appreciate that these books still have compelling characters, emotion, and strong writing. I hope one day I will convince her to create a Goodreads account, so that everyone can steal her good taste.

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