Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Salon: May 8, 2011

The Sunday
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!  I am will be leaving shortly to head down to see my Mom and celebrate with her.  It's a two hour bus ride so I will doing some more traveling with The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. - it is a fun travel memoir about three girls who abandon their hectic city careers to travel for one year.  I wish I had their gumption!

Sharing A Love of Reading With My Mom
Last year I wrote about how my Mom and I share a love of reading; here is an excerpt:

Reading was a big part of my childhood - I distinctly remember my Mom taking us to the library and reading us a book each night before bed. Eventually, I would go the library alone and was reading under the covers way past "lights out".  Interestingly, I rarely saw my Mom read a book - she read the paper but not books so I never considered my Mom a reader. What I didn't appreciate then was that she couldn't fit reading into her demanding schedule of work, childcare and homemaker - reading became one of many sacrifices my Mom made for her family.

A few years ago my parents retired early and Mom found herself with more time than she knew what to do with so she began reading. Knowing how much I read, my Mom would ask me for recommendations and I discovered the joy of sharing books with my Mom. Our tastes are a little different but there is definitely overlap . . .
. . .  my mother's and my shared love of reading brings so much more - it offers us a language in which we relate to each other as friends and peers as opposed to mother and daughter. I have discovered quite a bit about my Mom in our discussions about books - revelations I know would not have been shared in any other context.
Dance LessonsI have included a book in my Mom's Mother's Day present - Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney.  I loved this book and think she will too.  

Some other reads that I will recommend to my Mom:
Secret Daughter: A Novel The Lost Summer of Louisa May AlcottThe Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland

Mothers and Sons: StoriesWhen We Were Strangers: A NovelVery Valentine: A Novel

Do you share reads with your Mom (or children)?  What are your recommendations?


  1. I love the picture of you and your mom. Her pantsuit is awesome!

  2. Great post--I developed into a reader because of both of my parents, and like your mom, mine didn't have time for books when I was young. Most of my presents when I was young were books that I still have today.

    Enjoy Mother's Day with you mom--I'm about to take a 2-hour car trip to take my mom to lunch today. Listening to Nevile Shute's A Town Like Alice on the way!

  3. Great picture! Have a good time with your mom.

  4. I don't remember seeing my mother read much, either, for the reasons you mentioned. But she did take me to the library faithfully.

    And when she finally got her "empty nest," I discovered that she was an avid reader of some of the books I enjoyed when I was younger.

    I fondly think of her now. I posted a picture of us in MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  5. My Mom and I pass books back and forth (long distance). A love of reading and books is just one of the things we share.

  6. What a great post! My mom's not much of a reader but I have been able to get her to read a few books this year which I'm proud of.

  7. Great post & tribute to your mom!
    I think it's wonderful that you and your mom share a love of's so cool you can discuss books, recommend them to each other etc.
    I hope she likes Dancing Lessons. I'm looking forward to it.

    I'm reading The Lost Girls now, too!
    Enjoy & have a safe trip!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  8. I share books with my mom all the time! And I am currently listening to Very Valentine on audio and loving it. :) Happy Mother's Day!

  9. Lovely post and photo! My mom is deceased but my older sister, sister-in-law, and adult neices and I all recommend books back and forth! I noticed your "Lost Summer" book. I'm getting ready to read that right now! Love your blog! I'm here via "Always With a Book."

  10. What a nice post and photo of you and mom--loved it!