Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there! And for everyone else, it’s time to start thinking of that ingenious gift you’re going to give Mom this year. Not all mothers are into books (they live such busy lives after all), but for those who are, there are tons of creative literature-related ideas out there that will trump the good ol’ breakfast-in-bed and the always-reliable flowers. And even if your Mom isn’t an avid reader, you can always find a book or two related to something she does like. Here are some of our ideas for Mother’s Day:

For the Reader

Bookstore gift card (every reader’s favourite)

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

For the Writer

A brand new Journal (nothing gets creative juices flowing like a fresh book with crisp pages just waiting to be written on)

Inner Truth Parent Journal (A creative notebook with funny quotes and on the quirks of parenthood.)

For the Chef

In My Mother’s Kitchen by Trish Magwood

Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis

Williams-Sonoma Baking Book (a must have!)

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New Releases – May

New books smell like love. At least, that’s my opinion (and hopefully you agree!). The month has just begun (kind of…) and there have been a bunch of awesome releases and even more to look forward to. Here are some that I’m dying to get my hands on:

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie (a young woman returns home after being lost to find that life has moved on – intriguing!)

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Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (a sequel to Wolf Hall and great historical fiction)

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (part of the Mortal Instruments series)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (sequel to Divergent and a HUGE fan favourite)

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The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (part of the Inn Trilogy)

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (sequel to Delirium – read it, loved it!)

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The 50 Book Pledge

A lot of times, readers find that they have mental lists of novels to read, yet time and memory escapes them. When you see an interesting book, but somehow forget about it in the mess of thoughts you have, it’s super frustrating. Many of us make new year’s resolutions to read a certain amount of books, or collections by a particular author, or just really wish to expand our literary horizons. Luckily, the brilliant minds at HarperCollins Canada have created the 50 Book Pledge.

This pledge is for everyone and anyone (brave enough to take it!) to read 50 books over the span of 365 days. Why not 52, one for each week? Well…life gets in the way and two weeks of grace could come in handy, plus 50 sounds like a nice round number. But seriously. How awesome is the idea? With this pledge, you have a goal and a destination. You can’t end the year thinking, “Gosh, I wish I’d read more…been more worldly.” Nope. The pledge will guarantee that you explore a few worlds, meet a few new people, and escape to a few mental vacations!

It’s simple. No deadlines – start at any time. You don’t have to sign any waivers and there are no punishments for falling behind. The idea of reading even a couple more books a year than you generally do is worth it, right? So join us! Browse Chapters for new releases and recommendations, check out your local library, or the newspaper to find something you like (We personally recommend Savvy Reader to get you started). Start off with a bang! Read something wonderful.

Now, we know that keeping a list of all those books can be a hassle. But you also don’t want to forget the ones you’ve read, for the sake of looking back at your accomplishments and seeing how your year played out. Want our advice on how to keep track of your adventures?

Start a Pinterest board! It’s super easy and incredibly visual. We find that pinning all the books you’ve read helps you recall story lines and characters, simply by looking at the cover. It’s also a great way for you to share your pledge with friends and let others get ideas on what to read next.

So now you’re set. Find that perfect place, settle down, and crack open the spine of a fresh book (or click on the cover of an e-book!). It’ll be worth it, we promise and as always, happy reading!

P.S. Here are some great suggestions to get you started! 

Divergent by Veronica Roth (a dystopian series – highly recommended for The Hunger Games fans!)

Room by Emma Donoghue (a Canadian achievement! Room is unique and thrilling – not your everyday novel)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (another dystopian series – The Hunger Games fans will love it)

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (your modern day Lord of the Rings, highly detailed and epic – check out the show as well!)

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (big favourite – totally intense and psychologically gripping)

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory (for the historical fiction fan! Ms. Gregory is an artist with her words)

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James (racy, romantic, and definitely for young adults and up – also a current bestseller)

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (a romantic, sweet, typical Sparks-esque story)

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (for the classic mystery lover)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (an adventure excellent for kids or just about anyone really)

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (for the Non-Fiction lover – a 60-yr old novelist recalls her experiences in life)