This Mother's Day, we wanted to put the spotlight on the stories of some of our favorite reader moms. We asked them to share the books that have helped them in their journey into motherhood and beyond. Check out their recommended reads below!
Kryz shares the two essential reads she turned to during her pregnancy and now, as she steps into the world of parenting.
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
Love her no-nonsense approach to parenting. It’s very practical and the least intimidating out of all the parenting books I’ve read. Sometimes we get too theoretical trying to analyze everything when it comes to our kids, but the author here makes me realize that the best teacher sometimes is just life and experience.
What To Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
For pregnancy, I really do appreciate a detailed description of what to look out for. Especially because it was my very first time. The structure of the book was the self-assurance I needed during the very anxiety-filled early days of the pandemic.
Kelly shares three titles that has helped her build a home for her family, from parenting to decluttering to searching—and finding—happiness.
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
Loved how this book gives a fresh perspective into parenting, the French way, of course. I learned so many tips from this book, and I also got some affirmation that I was doing things correctly after all. It’s a fun and easy read, with plenty of hilarious and relatable stories.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
This book is very detailed and well-researched and attempts to answer the question most of us rarely have the answer to: how to be happy. I love the personal stories the author shares, as well as quotes from books, research papers, philosopher and experts about this topic. I felt lighter and happier after reading this—it was so enjoyable.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This was definitely a life-changing idea that I’ve learned to apply to my everyday life. I am so happy to learn Marie Kondo’s decluttering tips and tricks and so far my home has been it’s cleanest because of this method. I re-read this once every quarter to inspire me to do another big declutter and it works every time.
Kelly is a happy wife & mom, endorser, television host and lifestyle blogger. You can find her at instagram.com/kellymisa.
Prin shares the stories that helped her navigate motherhood, and even gives us a peek at the fictional mom she looks up to.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Reading this is like having your very own mom friends. All the characters are so real, especially the relationships that the mothers have with their children, husbands, and friends. It is highly entertaining but also provides insight about marriage, parenting, and the many roles that we take on as women and as mothers.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The subtlety of this novel effectively shows that sometimes the smallest details can shift the weight of the whole world, and as mothers we are even more responsible for the smallest of actions and the words that we say inside our home. This book also highlights the importance of nurture, and for parents like me to always raise children as their own person, and not as a continuation of ourselves.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
My favorite book on motherhood. A pretty intense story about what motherhood means before and after slavery. I especially loved how the mother and daughter's bond transcends the borders of reality in this novel. It's a tragic story that inspires me not only to be a better mom but to be a better person, and appreciate my freedom for the privilege that it is.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Marmee is my favorite fictional mom. I admire her for her strength in raising her daughters alone while her husband is away. But more than that, I love her for her parenting style: her patience and her honesty towards her little women. She is not afraid to call them out for their conceit, but she is also generous in her praises. She teaches the value of true happiness over superficiality. If that's not perfect parenting, I don't know what is.
Prin is the proud mom of a 5-year-old boy and wife to National Book Award-winning author and artist Mervin Malonzo. She is part of the small team behind the emerging indie publishing group Haliya Publishing and a co-parent of Biblioflora, a literary arts and goods store based in Manila. You can find her at princessandpages.com and instagram.com/pryngols.
The follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, from the star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets.
Get Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (Hardcover) by Marie Kondo and other craft books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerStaring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.ful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Get Beloved (Paperback) by Toni Morrison and other contemporary fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the PhilippinesLearn More
From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
Get Big Little Lies (Paperback) by Liane Moriarty and other contemporary fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved children, from the author of There Are No Grown-ups.
When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?
Get Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (Paperback) by Pamela Druckerman and other parenting books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Louisa May Alcott
Now a major new movie, starring Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep
Come laugh and cry with the March family.
Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the smart one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one.
Together they're the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong.
Get Little Women, Puffin Classics (Paperback) by Louisa May Alcott and other YA classic books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Get What to Expect When You're Expecting, 5th Edition (Paperback) by Heidi Murkoff and other pregnancy books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Get Everything I Never Told You (Paperback) by Celeste Ng and other contemporary fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
“This book made me happy in the first five pages.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.
Get The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, 10th Anniversary Edition, Export Edition (Mass Market) by Gretchen Rubin and other self-help books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More