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My mum likes to take the mickey out of me for how much I read and how many books I own but the truth is, she’s just as bad.
My mum collects Martina Cole and James Patterson books and she’s read every single one. The only difference between us is that she has actually finished re-reading all of those books and has no books left to read.
Because of this I thought now would be the perfect time to try and get her to read some of my books. I convinced her to read Harry Potter a couple of years ago which she enjoyed and she read The Hunger Games even before I did, so I’m hoping I’ll at least some success with these books.
I feel like the way to ease my mum into Young Adult literature is with some murder mystery type books since those are what she usually picks up anyways.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – This book has an old school mystery feel to it as it follows Stevie, a true crime lover, who is accepted into a private school where the owners family was kidnapped in the 30’s, a case Stevie is determined to solve. We watched Knives Out and mum liked that. That movie and this book have similar vibes so I’m thinking this could be a win.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – I haven’t read this, I don’t know the exact plot but from the hype I’ve seen over the years I’m willing to let my mother read it before I do and see what she thinks.
Vicious by V.E Schwab – So this isn’t technically YA or a murder mystery, I don’t really know how to describe this book or what genre it would fit in to. It’s unique and I personally enjoyed it so hopefully my mum will develop a love for Schwab too.
Like I said, mum enjoyed Hunger Games and Harry Potter so why not introduce her to even more Young Adult novels:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I genuinely think my mum might be curious about this one simply because I talk about it so much and am always hyped for the new releases. We watched the movie together and yes it’s ridiculously inaccurate but there are still similarities. I’d love it if mum became a fan of these books but on the other hand I’m terrified of her coming across some of the plotlines (yes I’m talking about the incest that is eluded to for wayyyyy too long).
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – I do not think my mum will like these books but she has read 50 Shades and we all know what that’s based on so who knows.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – My thought process with this one is “mum liked Game of Thrones, this is one of the closest things I have to that”. This is another series I’m scared of my mum liking, not for what happens in this book but future books.
Sad & Serious
Yes this is definitely the name of this genre. Sad and serious.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth – I haven’t read this yet either but again I have faith in the hype and 100% believe that this will rip my heart out and stomp on it.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith – This book broke me and didn’t even have the common decency to try and put me back together.
So those are a few books that I’m going to try and get my mum to read. Who knows if it’s going to be a success or not. Surely she’ll like at least one.
I’m curious: has anyone else tried to get their parents to read their favourite books? How did it go??