Mother's day gift guide


Sunday marks Mother's Day and books make a great gift. We're holding a fun little contest to give you a chance to win a $50 gift card to a national book chain. Simply tell us what books you think your mom would enjoy as a present in the comments section below! We'll do a random draw on Monday, May 13. You can see CBC's contest rules here. You can also take part in the Canada Writes #mommymemos challenge.

In the meantime, check out our suggestions for the mom who:

Is a hopeless romantic.

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

A young adult novel with widespread appeal, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of two teens who meet at a support group for kids with cancer. The teens fall in love, but one undeniable difference between them could keep them from a happy ending: the boy is in remission, while the girl's cancer is terminal.

Should be walking on a runway.

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Kate Spade New York: Things We Love by Kate Spade New York

Before Pinterest, Kate Spade's creative team collected their favourite things on their website. Slowly, their quirky and whimsical selections drew a following. Now, in book form, Things We Love is described as "part visual diary, part inspirational reference ... that visually represents the spirit" of the company.

Is financially savvy.


Money Rules by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

The mastermind behind the popular self-help shows Princess and 'Til Debt Do Us Part, Gail Vaz-Oxlade is a financial guru wanting to help Canadians become smart about their money. In her book, Money Rules, Vaz-Oxlade outlines her essential rules to money management.

Channels the Food Network.

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Fast Flavours by Michael Smith

There's no denying that moms are busy people. That's where chef Michael Smith's book Fast Flavours can come in handy. From breakfast to dinner, Smith provides 110 delicious recipes that he says can be made in 30 minutes or less, like his pan rushed apple chicken with rosemary vanilla chutney or mulled apple pork stew.

Has a green thumb (and enjoys a strong drink).


The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart traces the roots of alcohol to various flowers, trees, fungi and herbs. A grain of rice? Sake. Barley? Scotch. Corn? That's bourbon. One plant humans use is even as old as dinosaurs.Stewart also provides drink recipes and growing tips.

Loves to laugh.

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Everything is Perfect when you're a Liar by Kelly Oxford

"I think the only way I'll ever be motivated to go to the gym is if I'm in prison," reads a recent tweet from Kelly Oxford. "4 minutes ago I woke up from a nap I didn't know I was having and now I know I'll be okay with dying," reads another one. It was her hilarious 140-character tweets that scored her a book deal. Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar is the stay-at-home mom's bestselling memoir with short essays on road trips, embarrassing moments and life as a wife and mother of three.

Does it all.

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Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's second-in-command, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In looks at why women hold only about five per cent of America's top positions. Sandberg's solution is for women to lean in rather than pull back, which she says women are guilty of doing. The book quickly became one of the most controversial ones of 2013 as many attacked it for being anti-feminist and Sandberg of being too privileged as a white, wealthy woman to comment on the position of all women in the workforce.

Isn't grossed out by anything. Ever.


Gulp by Mary Roach

Mary Roach covers the science of eating in her newest book, Gulp. The book looks at every fascinating - and sometimes disgusting - detail of food's journey down the alimentary canal. She starts at the mouth and ends at, naturally, the anus.

Eats, breathes and sleeps sports.

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Sum it Up by Pat Summitt

Basketball coach Pat Summitt has her fair share of winnings to brag about: she won more games than any NCAA team in basketball history, coached an undefeated season and Sports Illustrated magazine named her sportswoman of the year. She covers all this and her struggle with Alzheimer's disease in her memoir, Sum it Up.