Book Recommendations for Mom

A few weeks ago I pleaded for your help.

I needed some good book recommendations for myself and my boys.

I was overwhelmed by the response – almost 200 of you participated!

So many good suggestions were made that I decided to make a compilation of YOUR reading recommendations.

This is the list for me…good summer reads for MOM this summer.

These are arranged by order of the number of recommendations – starting with the most popular.   I know this is highly unscientific, but I hope you find it helpful!

Reading Recommendations for Moms this Summer:

  • Anything by Jodi Picoult (House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Keeping Faith, My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, Salem Falls)
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett — I have read The Help and LOVED it.   I didn’t want it to end.   Ever.
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • Anything by Dean Koontz
  • Stephanie Plum novels, by Janet Evanovich
  • Anything by Stephen King
  • Time Travelers Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries, by Charlaine Harris
  • A Dirty Job, and other books by Christopher Moore
  • The Alchemist, by Coelho
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert — I enjoyed following the Eat, Pray, Love journey.   I read it several years ago and it still pops up in my thoughts from time to time.
  • The Heart Mender, by Andy Andrews
  • Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The City of Bones series, by Cassandra Clare
  • Isle of Palms, by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Mark of the Lion, by Francine Rivers
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen — YAY!   I love anything Jane Austen.   Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites.
  • Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • Anything by Mary Higgins-Clark
  • Anything by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Anything by Nicholas Sparks — I like many of his books…they are a little mushy for me, but the stories are compelling enough for me to wade through it!
  • Anything by Nora Roberts
  • Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
  • Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
  • The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

I plan on adding comments to this list as I read through it this summer.

If I have any glaring omissions, please mention them in the comments below.

Please watch for future posts that will cover YOUR reading suggestions for BOYS…whoo hoo!

Thanks so much!


  1. If you love Jane Austen, you should read her Northanger Abbey, which is a quite funny spoof on Gothic novels. And if you like 19th c. novels in general, I recommend Dracula (Stoker), David Copperfield (Dickens), and anything by Margaret Oliphant. And if you like poetry, the Complete Works of Elizabeth Bishop (20th c. poet) are magnificently beautiful.

  2. I think “The Book Thief” and “The Help” may be tied as one of my all time favorite books. And I must say that “Emma” is my favorite Austen novel, if for nothing else Mr. Woodhouse reminds me of my dad!

    Found you over on “In Pursuit of Martha Points” and now following. Looking forward to reading your list of books for boys—I have an avid bookworm for a son!

  3. WOW! this is quite the list!
    I’ve read a couple on it, but am ready to pick off the rest one by one.

  4. I can’t stand Jodi Picault. Cannot stand.

    I just read “Girl in Translation” and it’s excellent. I’m reading Anne Lamott’s “Imperfect Birds” now and it’s also terrific. Lots of great books out this summer–Jane Smiley has a new novel out and so does Ian McEwan.

  5. Is your summer longer than mine?

    Thank you for the list, you reminded me of some I’ve been meaning to get to.

  6. I just read The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes and it was great. Chick lit, but not quite so fluffy as usual.

    I think I mentioned Peace Like a River already, but if not, then now I am and you should really read. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is great!

  7. Oh, and I really like the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz, if you are looking for a place to start.

  8. Dean Koontz…oh I love his books. My favorites are Life Expectancy, Watchers, Lightning and the Odd Thomas series.
    My favorite books by Stephen King are The Stand, It and Dolores Claiborne. One of my favorite lines in the history of everything is from that book. “Grand High Pooba of Upper Butt Crack.” OMG!!
    I am interested in the Dragon Tattoo book. And I will be catching up on the latest Sookie Stackhouse book. But I got to wait until summer is almost over before I get to read my most anticipated book! One of my favorite authors, Terry Brooks, is releasing a new book. And right before my birthday!! What timing!

  9. Your list holds many, many books that I really enjoy. So, I will be looking for the couple I haven’t read – Thanks!

  10. I’m a (big) (Not a reference to my size (although it could be) but more of the amount that I love) fan of Karen Marie Monings Fever Series. They are great!
    (I’m in a parentheses kind of mood today.)

  11. I know the list was by what was most popular, so is that the order you’ll read them in? And P.S. as avid of a reader you are, how are you not on Good Reads??!?!?!

  12. I know the list was by what was most popular, so is that the order you’ll read them in? And P.S. as avid of a reader as you are, how are you not on Good Reads??!?!?!

  13. Thank you for posting your list. I’m always looking for good stuff to read.

  14. i like a lot of those books. i especially loved the city of bones series by clarissa clare. very very good for a young adult fantasy series.

  15. My 12 year old just read City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau in school, and liked it so much that we had to get the 3 books after it from the library. He hasn’t read much until now, other than Calvin and Hobbes books.

  16. Awesome list, but the most important question is… who won the gift card????

    Just kidding.

    Okay. No I’m not. I’m curious (and broke), and want to see what they suggested that was SOOOO much better than mine. (But I’m not, you know, on the edge of my seat or anything.)


    I personally, cannot wait for school to end so I can read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

  17. Life Of Pi was great. Can’t wait to see the kids’ list!

  18. I’m always trying to get my boys to watch Pride and Prejudice. I made one of them sit and watch the scene where Lydia talks about being such a merry party, and then the scene switches to the sounds of them bickering loudly in the carriage. My son laughed. I love when I’m right. I told him it was funny. I did!
    That is a great idea someone else had of reading the spoofs with the boys! I might have to make a special trip to the library right now!

  19. Oh thank goodness – I’ve been trying to put together reading lists for the kids over the summer and this will help!

  20. Books by Candace Bushnell – author of Sex in the City – they’ll make you happy you live in DFW…avoid Four Blondes…cover looks cute, but it was boring!

    Love Jennifer Weiner (Little Earthquakes, Guy Not Taken) & Anita Shreve (Eden Close & Weight of Water) too!

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