Ask the Editors for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is exactly three weeks away -- May 8th this year -- and, of course, I'm sure you've done all of your shopping already. But in case there's still room for a book or two in the gift basket, we, the editors of Omnivoracious, are here to help.

That's right: if you tell us a bit about your mom's reading habits -- what kinds of books she likes to read, favorite authors, least favorite authors, hobbies... -- we'll get back to you with some books we think she'll like, and a bit about why we think each one will fit. Leave your reader profiles in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Over the last few years, we've found books for a vampire romance lover who wanted something different, a sports fan who's read 'em all, a nine-year-old connoisseur of everything ninja-related, and a law student who mostly just reads law textbooks.

As you can see, we've seen it all, and come up with a book recommendation to match. So ask us, stump us, amuse us! In return, we'll try to make your Mother's Day shopping a little easier. We'll post a response a day starting on Friday, April 22nd. And readers, feel free to join the fray in the comments section once the recommendations start rolling in.

(Wait, you mean you haven't even started shopping yet? Better get on that. And don't worry -- your secret is safe with us.)

Leave a Comment

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this blog until approved.

Comments (26)

OK, I'll take you up on that. My mom's favorite authors are Donna Leon and Diana Gabaldon. Can you suggest other similar authors who write that complex, history/mystery kind of thing?

Posted by: Lorraine | Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

My Mom loves, in about this order, gardening, cooking, pets, and Michael Connelly novels. I'd like her to get into some classic fiction or something with a bit more bite than what she currently reads, but it also needs to be a page-turner.

Posted by: Stephen | Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 3:20 PM

My mother reads a lot, especially fiction. Her "feel good" books are by Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy. She loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Hmmm, I'm beginning to see a trend there so I'll be interested to see what you recommend!

Posted by: Jill | Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM

My mom loves historical fiction. She has enjoyed books by Jean Auel and Diana Gabaldon. She also loves to read Stephen King, Michael Connelly and David Baldacci, to name a few. I guess she will read just about anything! She has a Kindle and has downloaded every free e-book there is - LOL! Thanks for your help!

Posted by: Lee | Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

My mom doesn't get a chance to read a whole lot, but she absolutely loves the Mitford series by Jan Karon. My mom loved getting to know the characters like they were real people. She also loss the Christian themes to it as well. If you could find a Christian series with well developed characters that will provide an escape for my mom, that would be awesome. She was honestly really sad the series ended and could use an escape right now.

Posted by: Jacob Coon | Thursday April 21, 2011 at 8:53 AM

My mother's favorite authors are James Michener, John Jakes, Edward Rutherfourd, Sara Donati and Diana Gabaldon. She loves thick multi-generational books or books that are in a series. She likes historical romance (not Regency period) and detests anything with vampires or werevolves like Anne Rice or the "Twilight" series.

Posted by: Jamie | Friday April 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

My brother-in-law passed away very recently, he was 42 and suffered from a rare degenerative autoimmune disease for ten years. He left behind a wife (high school sweetheart) and two daughters, 9 and 11. My sister-in-law is a remarkably strong person who shared the same positive take on humanity as her husband and had countless friends. I have never known my sister-in-law to be without a good book, and she asked me the other night to recommend some good ones to help get her through this. Evidently books on death and the after life are being sent her way. She needs and desires, engrossing, good reads right now. She has always been a fan of psychological thrillers and as Joyce Carol Oates Can you recommend books that will keep her occupied in her down time that are not down and depressing?

Posted by: Karin Kessler | Friday April 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM

dean koontz is my favourite author,can u suggest a book for me :)

Posted by: linda | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

My mom likes "happy farm stories where no one dies". (I'm quoting because those are her exact words.) Cozy mysteries are okay as long as anything unpleasant happens offscreen and isn't described in too much detail. She loves Jan Karon's Mitford series and Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series and seriously refuses to read any books in which Really Bad Things happen. And she doesn't like anything involving the supernatural so Alice Hoffman is right out.

Posted by: Kathy | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Liked: Bourne trilogy, Song of Ice & Fire series, Rei Shimura series (Sujata Massey), Spring Heeled Jack, Millennium Trilogy, Barry Eisler

Dislikes: Jane Austen, Bronte, Crime & Punishment, romance books

Wants to try comedy or "women's lit"

Posted by: Hilary S | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM

My mom likes historical novels, what would you suggest?

Posted by: Sandy | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

To Kathy whose mom likes nature books where no one dies.. try "Birdology" by Sy Montgomery.. it is excellent and she'll learn stuff too!

Posted by: Christine Bullard | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

My mom likes Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Cornwell, older Margaret Atwood books (not thrilled with her more recent stuff), Steig Larsson and Mary Higgins Clark.

Dislikes: Jean Auel, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King and John Grisham and most romance books.

She has a Kindle, and has downloaded most of her favorites and lots of free books, too!

Posted by: Karen | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Hmmm... among her favorites are The power of One, Eat Pray Love, Rain of Gold, Cutting for Stone, Twilight Trilogy, Pride and Prejudice, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Valley of the Dolls, Strength in What Remains, Helen of Troy, The other Boleyn Girl, Mary called Magdalene, The Gold Coast, Empress Orchid, The Kite Runner, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Secret Life of Bees, The Godfather, Life of Pi, Breakfast with Buddha, She's Come Undone, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, The Man in the Box, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Precious, and Bridget Jones Diary. Does that tell you enough? Lol. She has a bookcase full of "only" her faves...

Posted by: Shalonda | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

She loves all of Pat Conroy's books, Ann Rivers Siddons Mave Binchy, and Rosomunde Pilcher.

Posted by: Barbara Vastine | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

My mom loves SF & mysteries. She introduced me to Asimov when I was 11 & ran out of things to read (again!). I have an extensive SF/F and mystery library myself and am currently rereading Liaden Universe® books by Sharon Lee & Steve I reread these every time a new one comes out as well as about three or four times a year. They're on my Superb Author List of authors whose work I enjoy rereading at least five times if not more. I snap up their work in hardback whenever possible & keep two copies of everything so that I can lend out their books without having to worry about not having one in the house when I feel like going through the series again!!

Posted by: Kat | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

My Mother loves to read - all kinds of things and different things. Likes
Haruki Murikami. Reads all the way from Mao to Undress me in the Temple of Doom. Has read many Indian novels as she traveled to India. Loves traveling, gardening, collecting sea otters, and photography. Reads Hemingway, Maya Angelo, If On a Winter's Night, Rohinton Minstry, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and on she goes! She likes unique books that have some depth to them. She buys most of her bookls through Amazon unless they are gifts. Thank you for your help!!

Posted by: Judy | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

My mom reads a lot from a combo of mysteries and non-fiction books. She enjoys reading about Central Asia - historic and modern, the Great Game, China, the Silk Road. Some of her favorite mysteries are the Mrs. Pollifax series, Ian Rutledge series, China Bayles series, Donna Leon books, Margaret Fraser's medieval mysteries, Steven Saylor's Roman mysteries. She loves discovering new authors so I'd appreciate your suggestions.

Posted by: Margaret Jones | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Favorite books and authors are Lord of the Rings, Three Musketeers, Henty adventures, the Bible, plus Harry Potter and the Mrs. Jeffries mystery stories. She likes Hope Was Here and A Long Way From Chicago and the Percy Jackson books. She likes travel and designing houses and architecture. She reads really fast and I can't think of a book she hasn't read except she doesn't like vampires and bloody blow-them-up movies. She likes old movies and quirky movies. She likes to think a lot and drink tea and write on the computer.

Posted by: Zoe | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

See what you can do with: Dick Francis, Frank McCourt, Spencer Quinn, Mary Higgins Clark, Charles Dickens, The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Great Gatsby, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Posted by: Tricia | Saturday April 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM

My mom loves reading fantasy from authors like J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Philip Pullman. Pretty much anything in the fantasy category. She also loves sentimental reads with happy endings, but dislikes books with war as a central theme. She also likes cookbooks.

Posted by: Julia | Monday April 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I rhink a kindle wirh the specially chosen book or books altready on it
would be a fantastic gift.

Posted by: katie baker | Tuesday April 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

My best friend is coming home from working overseas. She is taking the summer off and needs a ton of books. She mostly reads interesting non fiction such as The Man who Misstook his Wife for a Hat, Dressing for Mars, Musicophilial, Tipping Point, Omnivores Dilemma and The Gift of Fear. She will surprize me occasionally by enjoying fiction such as The Art of Racing in the Rain and Cutting for Stone. She is in the medical profession and is a bit of an artist.

Posted by: lillian | Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 3:47 AM

I believe I have an unusual suggestion. How much consideration is given to adoptive parents on Mothers' Day?

When Francesca Polini and her husband Rick travelled to Mexico from London, their mission was completely different to that of other tourists, they were there to find a baby to adopt and return with it to their home in the UK. It turned into an extraordinary adventure with many humorous and heartbreaking twists and turns which has just been published as a book called Mexican Takeaway.

It is a terrific read, and I think it would make a great film too as it describes such an emotional roller coaster ride before ....well, that would be telling!

Posted by: Ellee | Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 7:00 AM

historical western fiction--maybe some romance thrown in or American Indian stuff. Loves series of books like David thompson.

Posted by: Judith | Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Lists + Reviews

Best Books Literature + Fiction Nonfiction Kids + Young Adult Mystery, Thriller + Suspense Science Fiction + Fantasy Comics + Graphic Novels Romance Eating + Drinking


Interviews Guest Essays Celebrity Picks

News + Features

News Features Awards


Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Feeds Facebook Twitter YouTube