Rather than grabbing a bouquet of flowers at the last minute to send to your mother, why don't you try something a little more heartfelt this year? Why not pick out a few perfect books to give your mother on Mother's Day? Books, after all, last a lot longer than flowers, and they are probably how your mother taught you plenty of lessons growing up. Any mother would appreciate you returning the favor.
If there's something my mother is most proud of about all of her children, it's that she instilled a great joy of reading in all of us. More often than not, you can find my brothers and I elbow deep in our latest find at the bookstore. As kids, we got in trouble for staying up too late reading, not for staying out too late. Books are important to my family. It's only natural that when any holiday rolls around, I head straight to the shelves. Any of the following works would be perfect for any mother —and better yet, perfect for the both of you. Why not pick up two copies, so you two can read it together and discuss? An interactive reading experience for Mother's Day, who can top that?
1. 'The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant
In this retelling of an epic biblical tale, the relationship between mothers and daughters. Telling the story of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob and Leah, The Red Tent is sure to tug on your mom's heart strings ,while making her feel like she can do anything at the same time.
2. 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed
In Wild, Cheryl Strayed hikes the Pacific Crest Trail and along the way finds herself. Perfect for any mother who has ever felt like she's a little lost in this journey called life.
3. 'Some Assembly Required' by Anne Lamott
Is your mom getting ready to be a grandmother? Or maybe a new grandmother? Some Assembly Required is the perfect Mother's Day gift. Hilarious and charming anecdotes carry the book, and Anne Lamott weaves the tales like only she can.
4. 'Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood' by Rebecca Wells
This is one of those books that I believe every woman should read. If your mother hasn't read it, she'll love this gem. Told through the eyes of two generations of women, Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood will make you laugh, cry, and want to hear all of your mother's stories.
5. 'The Valley Of Amazement' by Amy Tan
Spanning more than 40 years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is an epic tale of two women's intertwined destinies and their search for fulfillment. With deeply wonderful thoughts on the relationships between mothers and daughters, mom is sure to love it.
6. 'Then Again' by Diane Keaton
Fascinating and eye opening, Then Again isn't just for mothers who love Diane Keaton, but for women in general who are looking for a little guidance. Keaton delivers in a big way, taking readers on a journey through her life.
7. 'The Book Of Wanderings' by Kimberly Meyer
The Book of Wanderings tells the stories of mother and daughter duo Kimberly and Ellie Meyer as they leave Texas behind in favor of a pilgrimage retracing the steps of Felix Fabri, strengthening their relationship every step of the way.
8. 'Listen To Your Mother' by Ann Imig
You should read this, your mother should read this, everyone should read this. Listen To Your Mother will make your mother feel loved and appreciated and like you're finally listening to everything she says.
9. 'Anywhere But Here' by Mona Simpson
Made into a film with Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon, Anywhere But Here is a story of finding strength, and finding yourself, in the most unlikely of circumstances.
10. 'Rising Strong' by Brene Brown
Every woman in your life should read this book. Rising Strong is a scientific and phenomenal look at how your stories shape your life, and how you pick yourself up when you're feeling low.
11. 'Big Magic' by Elizabeth Gilbert
For all the creative moms out there, Big Magic is the kind of book that instills sparks in people. Gift it to your mother and watch her creativity rekindle.