What would be on your wish list for Mother’s Day? If you’d love some time curling up with a cup of tea and a great book, here are some suggestions from mummy blogger Sarah. And read on for a Mother’s Day treat: a chance to win a lovely bundle of eight glorious books!
Last weekend, Zach filled his toy tent with all the pillows he could find, a blanket and a selection of books. As I rushed around doing jobs, I heard him chattering away and generally having a very nice time in there.
I occasionally glanced into the pillow-filled tent, thinking how much I’d love to curl up in there and shut out the rest of the world, just for a few moments.
Now I appreciate why for years, when asked what she’d like for her birthday or Mother’s Day or Christmas, my own lovely mum would often reply ‘some peace and quiet’. I never thought about it much until becoming a mum, realising a bit of peace and quiet is sometimes not just enough; it is everything.
Of course, flowers and presents or a meal out or – the dream – a spa are great, but it’s also the little things that count, things that were taken for granted before beloved little ones arrived. A lie-in, breakfast in bed, a handmade card or just a few hours off to sleep or read with not a pile of washing in sight.
So in the spirit of celebrating brilliant mothers, this post is dedicated to some books mums might like to read (given the chance) . . .
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
This is a funny, sad and riveting read of triplets Lyn, Caitriona and Gemma and their assorted family dramas set in Sydney. Recently, I was ill and binge-read this and two more Liane Moriarty books, The Last Anniversary and The Hypnotist’s Love Story. By the end of them all, I was longing for a trip to Oz and talking to myself in an Aussie accent. Highly recommended.
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
Witty, intriguing and charming, Stylist called it ‘A thing of pure joy’ and after devouring it in one weekend, I wholeheartedly agree.
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
I think it was Marian Keyes who coined the phrase ‘Grip Lit’, and this is certainly gripping, chilling and full of suspense.
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Another perfect example of ‘Grip Lit’, this book has such a surprising gasp-out-loud moment it makes you want to go back to the beginning and start all over again.
Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
I love re-reading this book every few years; it’s like pulling on a warm jumper but with tear-jerking bits instead of bobbly ones. This is the Walsh family at their finest – be prepared to laugh and cry (a lot).
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Do let us know what you wish for on Mother’s Day.
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