For the Love of Books – Celebrating Motherhood

For the Love of Books – Celebrating Motherhood

It’s May, the month I get to celebrate my favourite day – Mother’s Day! It’s a time to reflect and thank the wonderful Mothers (and mother figures) in our lives, and if you’re a Mum it’s a time to be showered with love, and hopefully a book or two.   

I recently asked on Instagram for recommendations of people’s favourite books about Motherhood in all its forms. I was inundated with responses. Here are some that were recommended more than once: 

The Motherhood, edited by Jamila Rizvi, is a collection of letters written by well-known women from across Australia, about what they wish they’d known before becoming a mother. Described by Katie from @katie.reads.things as “a real ‘I feel seen’ moment”. Katie read it after her first baby and says she “felt it in her bones”.  

Nightbitch written by Rachel Yoder is a cult fave. It’s weird, quirky, parts make no sense, and it’s brilliant! On the surface the premise is that a mother of a newborn is slowly turning into a dog at night, but underneath it is actually a very well written commentary on motherhood, stereotypes and gender roles. I read it over 2 years ago and it has stayed with me.   

Currently long-listed for The Women’s Prize, Soldier Sailor is possibly the best book I’ve read that describes the absolute, all encompassing love of motherhood. It also does not shy away from how difficult the early stages can be. Written in the first person and directed straight to her child, it’s very honest and raw and beautifully done.  

Do you have a favourite book on Motherhood? Happy Reading! 

Author: Sarah Krause @sarahsbookchat