Top 10 Best Book Gifts for Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, treat your mum to a brand new brilliant book that she can curl up and relax with! Check out the list below for the best book gifts for Mother's Day, ranging from therapeutic colouring books and heart-warming fiction, to riveting thrillers and funny parenting guides.

1. The Woman Who Upped and Left

Fiona Gibson

Many mothers feel like they just want to storm out of the house and never look back now and again! Audrey certainly does, but she can't possibly do that. She's a single parent; her hopelessly lazy teenage son needs her, and she has heaps of responsibilities to think about. She can't possibly just leave it all behind... can she? A hilarious, addictive and poignant read, mothers will love this relatable book.

2. Room

Emma Donoghue

Inspired by the shocking real-life case of the Fritzl family, this story is told from the perspective of 5-year-old Jack. He and his mother are locked in a room - and they don't have the key. Young Jack struggles to understand his mother's desperate attempts to escape, or what the world beyond the walls could possibly look like. This touching story explores the extraordinary bond of love and resilience between Jack and his mother, and the desire for - and price of - freedom.

3. Mindfulness Colouring Collection

Mums can take a breath, relax and get creative with these two pocket-sized adult colouring books and a third little book filled with inspiring mindfulness quotes. Bursting with beautiful pictures, including hand-drawn designs from nature, mums will be taken to a place of tranquillity in no time. These little books are perfect for commutes or for popping in handbags for whenever mums need a moment of calm.

4. Five Go Parenting

Bruno Vincent

In this brilliant spoof of Enid Blyton's The Famous Five, Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog face a completely unfamiliar challenge: taking care of a baby! You'd think after all their exciting adventures, looking after a baby would be a piece of cake - but apparently not. They'll have to deal with all sorts of issues, including fear, tiredness and confusion. Why is the baby crying? Are they doing this right? Can Google tell them what's wrong now? Or is this simply an adventure too far?

5. To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

This classic novel features the Ramsay family and their summer guests on the Isle of Skye, before and after the First World War. Relationships shift and transform as the children and adults on the island must live, work and play alongside each other. Based on Virginia Woolf's own childhood experiences, the book explores children's and adults' changing perceptions and desires in the period spanning the Great War.

6. Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

An instant classic upon publication, this is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright and beautiful couple who dream of more than their hollow suburban lifestyle. Bored and frustrated, they decide to move to Paris, but this plan quickly starts to crumble apart, particularly when April conceives the couple's third child. This gripping page-turner will have mums hooked.

7. How Not to Be a Perfect Mother

Libby Purves

This classic parenting book has been refreshed and rejuvenated for the modern mother or mother-to-be. It takes a humorous look at the ups and downs of motherhood during the baby years, constituting an invaluable survival guide for even the most self-doubting parent! It provides a candid account of what this wonderful but often challenging time is like - and how to cope with it. Topics include pregnancy, pre-schoolers, sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers.

8. Hurrah for Gin

Katie Kirby

Best read with a glass of gin, this hilariously relatable book is absolutely not a how-to guide, but a candid portrayal of the highs and lows of parenthood. With brilliant stick-figure illustrations, it shows parents how it's completely possible to love children unconditionally whilst also finding them extremely frustrating. It covers the hectic period from pregnancy to starting school.

9. Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Filled with romance, heartbreak and a sisterly bond, young Marianne and Elinor Dashwood must learn to mix sense with sensibility when it comes to finding personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love. This wonderful classic will appeal to mums who love romance novels or classic fiction.

10. Moodles Doodling Books

These innovative doodling books are sure to help mums keep worries at bay, however they're feeling! A moodle is a doodle that has the power to change your mood with clever drawings that guide your mind. In the Grumpy book, mums can draw a ladder leading out of a hole; in the Stressed book, they can draw themselves on a tightrope with a safety net below; and the Happy book is filled with fun, positivity and optimism. This is the perfect gift for mums to curl up with, whatever their mood.
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    **The laugh-out-loud bestseller is back with the only book to buy this Mother's Day. Perfect for fans of 'Outnumbered' and Carole Matthews, Fiona writes about life as it really is.** Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind. Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back - but she can't possibly do that. She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities...and a slothful teenage son's pants to pick up. But no one likes being taken for granted - Audrey least of all - so the time has come for drastic action. And no one's going to stand in her way...
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    You may be asking 'What is a moodle?' Well, the answer is a moodle is a doodle with the power to change your mind.

    Whether you're grumpy, stressed or happy, the books are sure to help you keep your troubles away. The Grumpy book has a doodle that lets you draw yourself a ladder to get out of a hole; the Stressed one asks you to draw yourself on a tightrope and then add a safety net to stop your fall; and the Happy one is full of positivity and optimism.

    Great for those who love activities like colouring and doodling, each book is packed full of ideas and illustrations that will keep you entertained, whatever your mood.
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    Relax, enhance your mindfulness and inspire your creativity with two pocket-sized adult colouring books and a little book full of mindfulness quotes.

    Bursting with beautiful designs, each of the colouring books has been designed to help your worries drift away and help you meditate on your artwork as you fill the pages with colour. Among the scenes you'll find hand-drawn designs from nature that are sure to bring in a sense of tranquility.

    With the size making these colouring books ideal for commutes, the final book is full of space for notes so you can record your thoughts as you find a more peaceful place.
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    Enid Blyton for Grown-ups is a hilarious parody series that finds George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy the dog facing a host of new challenges that will resonate with adults. In this book, the gang face what could be their toughest task yet - parenthood.

    With all the missions they've completed in the past, you'd have thought that bringing up a baby would be kid's play for The Five. However, when they find themselves looking after Cousin Rupert and his wife's baby, they have to deal with all sorts of issues - from fear to tiredness and responsibility.

    They have no idea if what they're doing is right or why the baby is crying. They use Dr Google constantly and are frustrated by the responses that range from 'don't worry about it' to 'rush her to the A & E'. Soon, the Five are reduced to trembling wrecks and all of them are quietly seething. Could this be an adventure too far?
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    An Orange Prize- and Man Booker-shortlisted novel from Emma Donoghue, the film adaptation of Room has won so many awards and its star Brie Larson deservedly won an Oscar. Now, for a fabulous Book People price, you can discover or re-read this incredible novel.

    Described as 'A triumph' by the Daily Telegraph, the book tells the story from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack. He lives with his Ma in a single, locked room and neither of them have the key... they're prisoners but when they escape, Jack gets to see the real world for the first time - and it's a scary, overwhelming and mainly positive experience.

    Beautifully written and guaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones, this paperback edition comes with a film-themed jacket.
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    Best served with gin, this hilarious, near-the-knuckle book tells you the things no other parenting guide dares. Not a how-to guide, Hurrah for Gin is actually a book for perfectly imperfect parent that lists out some of the frustrations you're bound to come across as your little one grows...

    Containing no useful advice whatsoever - but with a series of funny stick-man cartoons that will have anyone who has raised a child laughing out loud - this is a painfully but wonderfully honest portrait of the ups and downs of parenthood.

    Showing how it's entirely possible to love your children unconditionally while also finding them extremely infuriating, this book covers all the way from pregnancy to starting school. It's inspired by the popular Hurrah for Gin Facebook page.

    Please note this book contains language some may deem inappropriate.
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    Hailed as a masterpiece from the moment of its first publication, "Revolutionary Road" is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their hopes and ideals, betraying in the end not only each other, but their own best selves.
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    Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
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    'I am making up "To the Lighthouse" - the sea is to be heard all through it' Inspired by the lost bliss of her childhood summers in Cornwall, Virginia Woolf produced one of the masterworks of English literature in To the Lighthouse. It concerns the Ramsay family and their summer guests on the Isle of Skye before and after the First World War. As children play and adults paint, talk, muse and explore, relationships shift and mutate. A captivating fusion of elegy, autobiography, socio-political critique and visionary thrust, it is the most accomplished of all Woolf's novels. On completing it, she thought she had exorcised the ghosts of her imposing parents, but she had also brought form to a book every bit as vivid and intense as the work of Lily Briscoe, the indomitable artist at the centre of the novel. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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    A fresh new look brings this parenting classic up-to-date for a new generation of mothers and mothers-to-be. Taking an irreverent and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of motherhood, Radio 4's Libby Purves has created an invaluable survival guide so that even the most unpromising madonna can cope with the baby years. This is a parenting book with a difference- rather than a serious tome laying down the law, Libby Purves' lighthearted book shamelessly describes how to cut the corners and bend the rules that never mattered much anyway. Forget the other parenting books that hide the real truth- this is the true battle manual for mothers on the front line! This timeless guide to coping with motherhood has been revised, bringing it up-to-date for a whole new generation of mothers and mothers-to-be. Based on Libby Purves' own experience of domestic havoc with two babies and on the wit and wisdom of fifty like-minded mothers, this motherhood companion guide is full of down-to-earth tips and hilarious anecdotes. Topics covered include pregnancy, preschoolers, sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers. This is an invaluable guide to being an imperfect mother- and, more importantly, enjoying it.