Three Mother’s Day gift recommendations.

Books for Mother's Day

Firstly, let me apologize. I meant to post this yesterday when the sale began, however, my day turned out to be busier than I expected and I wasn’t home to post.

Now let’s get down to it. Right now, Barnes & Noble is having a buy one get one 50% off sale. This sale ends Sunday at the close of business day (EST). Which makes it the perfect sale to buy the most important woman in your life some books she will enjoy or have always wanted. Click here for more details on the sale.

Of course, I went trolling through this long list of books for myself. As an avid reader, we’ll take whatever opportunity we can get to justify the purchase of new books. And if we can save a little money while we do it, it’s a total bonus.

Fabulous Books for Fabulous Moms

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

If you’ve read my About page, you’ve seen that this novel is listed as one of my favorite novels. Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic writer. While I have read other stories of hers, The Night Circus is hands down her best in my opinion. It’s creative, it’s fascinating, it’s beautiful, and highly engaging. If your mom enjoys stories that will wisp her away while she reads, I highly recommend this book for the job. 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
 
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

This is another that is on my list favorites and there are so many reasons why it’s there. 

Most people who know me, know that the romance genre is not my favorite for a multitude of reason. I read very few. I’ve always been that way. So, when I picked up this novel, I, of course, had my reserves. Man oh man, Diana Gabaldon put me in my place. It was like I walked into a dessert buffet and I was the only one there. This series is fucking delicious. There is no better way to put it. It’s more than a story about romance. It’s action, it’s adventure, it’s love, peace, and war, it’s magical. If your mother hasn’t read this novel, she absolutely deserves too. Even if she isn’t a big romance fan. 

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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder.

With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Like the previous, this book surprised me. Years ago I picked up this novel from a cart sale at the local library. It was one of those books I read with an uncertainty of if I was going to like it not. I mean, let’s be real here, when you find a hardcover book in good condition for a dollar, you buy the damn book. Especially, if the money (no matter how little) goes toward your local library system. YAY for libraries. 

Anyway, I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. The characters are great, there is lots of suspense, lots of twists and turns that you don’t really see coming, and when you put the book down it is a story that sticks with you. It was my first book by Erik Larson and I doubt it will be my last. Very enjoyable. I totally recommend it for those mother’s who enjoy gripping and edge-of-your-seat stories. 

The truth is, there are a ton of great book on the summer read list that apply to this sale. So many Stephen King and, of course, my absolute favorite author in the world, Neil Gaiman. I considered putting those on the list, but then the title of the list would have been something along the lines of BUY ALL NEIL GAIMAN BOOKS BECAUSE HE’S THE BEST AUTHOR EVER. I don’t need to tell most people this, and I certainly don’t need to recommend his books, though I absolutely do.

For me, as a mother, the best gift any of my kids could give me is a book. Even if it’s a book I’ve already read but really want on my shelf in hardcover. If it’s a book I haven’t read, I’ll read it eventually because it’s a book my children gave to me. You just can’t go wrong.