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Gift Guide: Mothers’ Day and Beyond!

It may have gotten lost in everything else that’s been going on, but Mothers’ Day is this weekend here in the US. This year, everything is a little trickier… most of us can’t take Mom to brunch or swing by with some chocolates. If you’re short on ideas, here are some bookish options to consider!


Kitchen Garden Revival by Nicole Johnsey Burke

In recent years, many people have been trying to choose foods that are more local (and that trend has only deepened this spring). For some, that means joining a co-op or hitting up a farmer’s market, but it doesn’t get more local than your own backyard.

Kitchen gardens were once all the rage, and Burke says it’s time to revive the tradition. She wants to show you how to create a garden that’s practical, easy to maintain, and beautiful… with foods that your family actually wants to eat!

I’m ordering this book for myself because the pictures are gorgeous, the instructions are clear, and the encouraging tone makes me think that even I could make this work. If Mom likes to dabble in the garden and would find it fun to take it a step further, this might be just the book for her!

Buy this at:    Barnes & Noble    Amazon    Indie Bookshops


Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

Who wants to head into this season without a great beach read? This is the latest offering from Andrews, a maven of summer blockbusters…. and they never disappoint!

When her enviable new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister at their small-town newspaper. Soon, she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman―a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.

This one is bound to be an entertaining escape that gets Mom in the mood for a lounge chair and a pitcher of sangria!

Want more ideas for summer reading? (They can be for Mom or yourself!) Try this list anticipating some of the best beach reads of 2020!

Buy this at:    Barnes & Noble    Amazon    Indie Bookshops


Magnolia Table, Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines

You, Mom, and everyone else probably already have the original volume of Magnolia Table that came out a couple years back. (If not, fix that immediately!) This follow up released just a few weeks ago, and like its predecessor, is chock full of delicious recipes, stunning photography, and tips and wisdom from Joanna. (She says, casually throwing out her name like we’re besties.)

Pick this one up, and pair it with a pretty item from Target’s Magnolia home collection.  Or, you know, maybe a future trip down to Waco with Mom to visit the Silos. Or both. Both is good.

Buy this at:    Barnes & Noble    Amazon    Indie Bookshops


The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

Does Mom like heartwarming fiction about family, women’s friendships, and redemption? Then she’ll love this story! I reviewed it last week, so learn more about it here: Book Notes: Review of “The Printed Letter Bookshop” by Katherine Reay

Also, Reay has a new book releasing in a few days that revisits some of the characters from the original… if you give Mom the first one now and pre-order the new release for her, it’s twice as nice!

Buy this at:    Barnes & Noble    Amazon    Indie Bookshops

One more idea: a Book of the Month Club Membership

Speaking of gifts that keep on giving, is Mom a big reader? Is she always looking for new book ideas? Set her up with Book of the Month Club. With a three, six, or twelve month membership, Mom can choose a great new title or two every few weeks, and think of her favorite child (you, of course) each time that blue box comes in the mail!

Click here to check out Book of the Month, order a gift membership, or join yourself!

Hopefully one or more of these ideas will work for you! Now, with everything going on in the world, shipping times are a little longer than normal, so it may be tough to order this book today and have it arrive on the doorstep by Sunday. But maybe one of these options will help:

  • Use the B&N or Indie links and find somewhere to do a local purchase with curbside pickup.  I know we have a few places doing that in our area.
  • Send Mom the Kindle version of the book if she’s into that… works particularly well with fiction, although the big books with pretty pictures are probably nicer in a hardcover copy she can display on the coffee table and flip though.
  • A couple of these titles may simply be available on the shelves at Target or Walmart in your area.
  • When all else fails, if you can’t get to Mom, order the book to be sent to her, and call or send an e-card letting her know to look for a package soon!

If you’re a mom celebrating this weekend, I hope you have some lovely quality time with your loved ones. If Mothers’ Day is hard for you or not a holiday you celebrate, please accept a virtual hug, do something nice for yourself, and know that we love and value all the wonderful women in our lives.

Happy reading, friends… and here’s hoping those May flowers are on the horizon!

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Midwest writer. Avid reader, coffee addict, wife, mother to a human and a canine. Blogging about books, the writing process, life's journey, and whatever else catches my attention like a shiny object.

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