Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to my Mom

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

May 16:  Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.

Okay, I was totally going to do this Anti-Mother’s Day rant.  All about how I HATE this holiday from the standpoint of someone who lost her mother at a young age and as someone who has chosen a Child-Free life.  Then I started looking at my book lists and tried to figure out what defines an anti-Mother’s Day book.  Sigh… I relented and changed my mind.  Enough.  I don’t need to get preachy just because I don’t like the faux holiday.  Instead, I am going to go through my books and pick out ten books I would recommend to my mother if she were still alive.  I am going to pick out ten titles she could read that would help her truly grasp who I am.

Ten books that would help my departed mother know who I became.

  1. The Martian Let’s start with probably my favorite book overall.  Or at least the one I recommend the most.  Through this book, my mother might learn of my love of science fiction and of being a smart-ass.  Also get a glimpse into my swearing habit.  Also, it is just a phenomenal read and I would hope she likes it.
  2. Redshirts I believe I’ve mentioned before that part of my love of all things Trek has to do with my memories of watching Star Trek with my Mom as a child.  So, of course, I’m going to recommend she read this great parody of the beloved series.  Also another great read.
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) I thought about recommending Twilight, which is the book I credit with introducing me to paranormal fiction.  This is a better read, however, and I would recommend this book for her to glean insight into my love of Vampires and Shifters and Magic oh, my!
  4. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) While this is also a paranormal read I thought this was a great way to introduce my mother to my love of quick-wit and romance.  Also, I love this series and would hope that she would love it too.
  5. The Time Traveler's Wife Okay, taking a turn here.  This book left me ruined.  I still can’t think of the ending of this book without breaking into tears.  I. Just. Got. It.  I would recommend this title to my mother so she could better understand what I went through losing her and how you put your life on hold waiting for someone to return.  Not that is possible in my case, but one still waits for those moments where a lost loved one could have been a part of your life.  A moment they should have been there for, or something you both went through.  It is about connections and having a way to hold on to them is any way possible.
  6. Crack in the Curtain I would also recommend the book my husband wrote to my mother.  It is a work of fiction, I know, but it would be a way to better understand the man I married.
  7. Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints Hand in hand with #6 is this book on Traveling to Turkey.  Unfortunately, the current political world means we might never be able to return but I love Turkey and this book might help my mother understand my love of traveling there.
  8.  Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice I am childless by choice, also sometimes referred to as Child-free.  I would hope that reading this would help my mother understand my reasoning for not reproducing.
  9. Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born I do not believe in organized religion. At all.  I do believe in something more, though.  This book would help explain these beliefs and why I know my mother does not wait in “heaven”  She has moved onto her next life and someday our paths will cross again.  If not in this existence than in the next.
  10. Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn I love living in the country, growing food, having critters, having space.  I would recommend this book to my mother so she might understand this aspect of my life.

 

This week’s list wasn’t what I had originally planned but I think it worked out pretty good.  I didn’t resent the topic as much as I thought I would.  I also found it interesting to search my read list for titles that represented me.

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