I am extremely close with my mother and I have shared a lot of books with her over the years. That isn't surprising considering that she read out loud to my siblings and I every day until I was well into middle school. I am pretty sure that the last book she read to us was Jurassic Park. Thinking back on my childhood it seems to be one long parade of books. If I am excited about a book she is the first to hear about it. I also tend to send her any book that I read that has a strong mother-daughter relationship in it.
I am going to keep it to MG-Adult novels. 'Cause I am the boss of this post.
“The dignity of man was everywhere tissue-paper thin.”
We actually listened to this as a book on tape (yes, it was that long ago) on a 20 hour road trip from New York to South Dakota. At the time, the fact that the book was set in Britain was big time exotic to me. It also took me years to figure out that the UK I was reading about was not exactly the modern UK. I still love the audiobooks and so does my mom. We both go through stages of listening to them and them we have to talk about them. Everything that I know about horses and horse-racing comes from these books. And honestly everything that I know about alcohol, developing film, painting, architecture, and trade of semi-precious stones. This is the one about a reporter who has a wife in an iron lung.
by Daniel Pinkwater
“Chickens have an uncanny sense of direction.”
I am not sure that I would rate this book as good but it is memorable. My mom read this book out loud to me when I was something like nine years old and I still occasionally think about it BECAUSE IT IS SO BIZZARE!!! It is one of the weirdest books that I have ever read. Something about giant anthropomorphic lizard aliens taking over the earth but first the late night TV waves.
by Andrew Davidson
“I am more than my scars.”
Yes, again. I read it in one sitting on a flight to NY from Mongolia and basically threw it in my mothers face because I had to talk to someone about it.
North of Beautiful
by Justina Chen
“Beauty—real everlasting beauty—lives not on our faces, but in our attitude and our actions. It lives in what we do for ourselves and for others.”
I read this book and immediately passed it on to my mother because nobody else would have understood it's parallels to my life.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
I read it before her but she listened to the audiobook before me and recommended it. It is still one of my favorites. If for some reason you have not read this book you are seriously missing out. Read it already!
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
“It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
This is illustrative a pattern that I have. Read book. Love book. Explode internally over need to talk about book. Send book to mother. Nag mother to read book. Discuss book with mother. Rinse. Repeat.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes
“That's how you avoid becoming a moth," he says. "Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.”
A story about a young girl in jail, a cult, and a retelling of the world creepiest fairy tale? Naturally, I am going to have to pass it on to my mother. I can't be the only one with nightmares.
by Suzanne Collins
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
I was in New York for Christmas. I have given my mom the Hunger Games Trilogy to read. She was working her way through them but hasn't said much. She woke me up at three in the morning because she was finished with Catching Fire and there was something wrong with the Kindle version of Mockingjay and I had to re-download it for her. RIGHT THEN. This is how we bond.
Helen Keller's Teacher
by Margaret Davidson
We didn't read this at the same time. My mother bought this book off of a mobile book store in South Dakota when she was 12 years old. She read it once and then kept it. For years. Fast forward to me in second grade. I took this book of the shelf, read it, and decided to be a special education teacher. The moral of this story is twofold: 1) my mom is pretty awesome and 2) having books around changes lives.