Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:  Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.)

So for this week’s prompt, I… well, I was going to skip it because like, I don’t know what you should buy for your family and friends. But then I realized that I buy my mom a lot of books and make her read them. And she has opinions on them, too! So maybe if your mom is like my mom, you want to buy her some books. And now my mom will be here to tell you what she thought about some of my picks for her! Welcome her, her name is Lynn. She will be represented by the picture that is not me. You’re welcome for that helpful hint. 

Paper Towns by John Green


Verdict: 320px-SMirC-thumbsdown.svg 

Mom was clearly unimpressed by this book. Even when I mentioned Radar, my favorite, she had no recollection. Sadness.

The Wrath and the DawnThe Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh 


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She says that while the jury is still out on book two (though I did assure her that things pick up at the end), she did like the first book a lot.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman


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The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

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Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor


The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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(You can also find our very fun thoughts on the movie here 😉 )

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Verdict: 320px-SMirC-thumbsdown.svg

So, have you ever gifted books to your family and friends? What do they think?

Posted November 29, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Top Ten Tuesday / 37 Comments

37 responses to “Book Gifts for Your Mom (Rated by MY Mom)

  1. So fun! Cool twist to today’s topic, Shannon. And neat that your mom joined in the fun!

    Funny to see “Everything, Everything” on this list because I’ve been thinking about reading this one. I’ll have to check it out on Goodreads, and consider it some more. 🙂 Also, someday I should read the ‘Wrath’ duo because, generally, I hear rave reviews!

  2. This is such a great spin on the topic, I love it 🙂 It’s so great that you can give books to your mom and she reads them. My friends or family don’t really read so I can’t give any books. Oh wait, that’s not true, I gifted The Girl On The Train to my grandmother for Christmas last year and she liked it (I haven’t read it yet myself though, oops) 🙂

  3. Ooh ooh ooh this is fun. Lol about The Rose and the Dagger. I feel like a lot of people didn’t read book three of Divergent, or if they did they didn’t finish? And if they did finish everyone seems to hate it? I admit I started it but stalled out about a third through… and then I saw the third movie and was like gah, what is this nonsense? The book can’t be that bad can it??

    Loved the Hunger games answers too. 🙂

    • The book was actually I think WORSE than the movie? Okay- the movie was RIDICULOUS. But mildly entertaining in its absurdity. The book was DULL and didn’t seem to fit the series at all. And the ending was a mess. Also, we have no idea how the movie ends, because the second half is now never happening. So… yeah, nice job, Divergent franchise as a whole. ?

      • I know, right? The shit’s just DONE??? No finito, no nothing? They is crazy. Although I heard they were thinking of finishing through a TV movie. Seems like I saw something where shailene and Theo were like “excuse us?” lol so who knows what will happen? Sad really.

        For the sake of completion though I want to finish the book and just see this cluster$%^& I keep hearing about… but every time I think of it I’m like, nah, and reach for something else ha ha.

  4. sam

    Loved this! Love your mom! My daughter loved the Maze Runner series, and I DNFed both the movie and the book. I just could not get into it. However, I agree with all her thumbs up, and add a thumbs for EE and Paper Towns (I loved them both)

  5. Ah, I love that you got your mum to help out! I wish that I could put this list to more use, but my mum’s strictly thrillers and mysteries. She hasn’t really gotten into young adult books. At least she’s reading! Super fun idea, I love how you structured it.

  6. Tammy V

    Love this post! This is the way my girls and I talk about books and the movies that go with them. So many on the list above are the ones we did talk about too.

  7. Haha this was fun! My mom and I also made fun of Fifth Wave! She likes reading but not my kind of books lol. My mom did read Hunger Games, but she didn’t like it. Too brutal I think. I hope you do another one of these! Your mom’s a good sweet to read your books!

  8. I love the twist you’ve done on this weeks topic. Sadly my mum is not a reader so I’ve not gifted her a book but I have sorted her gifts out for the year so I’m giving me a pat on the back for being organized this year. 😛

  9. LOL. Your mom is hilarious! My mom reads occasionally, but not as much as I do and her tastes are much different. I just hate getting books for people. I am always afraid that they will hate it and if they hate a book I love, then that would just be devastating. And how have I not heard of this Unwind series? If it is scary, I need to jump on that bandwagon.

  10. OMG this was so much fun. 🙂 Love the banter between you and your mom. I’m with her on Paper Towns. Yawn fest! LOL And can someone tell me why I *still* haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn?! What am I doing with my life?! I’m howling over your mom’s reference to “your stupid books.” Bahahahaha!!!

  11. OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! What a great twist to the topic and I love the humor too. 🙂 And I definitely agree about the last book in the Divergent series – it was such a disappointment. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

  12. I love your mom! And I totally agree with her on Paper Towns, SORRY. This was a really fun and original post. Your mom should be on the blog more often. ♥

  13. Hah! I love this so much. I do gift books to people. I’m lucky that a lot of my friends like to read – including my sister – and my mom will read when she can. She needs to get hooked right away and be in a quiet environment. She loves Molly Harper’s novels though! So yeah, it’s fun to gift books. 🙂


  14. I love this hahaha. What I’m getting from this is it doesn’t matter what I get my mom because she won’t remember reading it anyway? 😀 (To be fair, that’s pretty much what happens whenver my mom borrows one of my books so…) Divergent is better than THG??? I have to respectfully disagree with your mother there. And I did read the last book and then gave away all three books because just seeing them on my shelves pissed me off.

  15. This is AMAZING. Also, it’s fantastic that your mom reads these books too! I can barely get friends my age to read anything I do 🙁 But I love your mom’s reviews, pretty amazing. Also, THERE’S GOING TO BE AN UNWIND MOVIE?? WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS?

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