Now Find All Mother-Daughter Book Club News at Mother Daughter Book

March 10, 2010

Great news! All the content from Mother Daughter Book and Mother Daughter Book has been combined into one site. Now you can find regular blog posts as well as book reviews, author interviews, book lists and more in one convenient place: Mother Daughter Book

Check out the new site and send me a note to let me know what you think.

Book Lists on Flashlight Worthy

November 6, 2009

Flashlight Worthy

I recently was introduced to a Web site called Flashlight Worthy Books, which has tons of recommended books in lots of categories. I have spent some time checking it out, and if I didn’t stop myself I could easily spend all day there clicking on list after list. Flashlight Worthy says it has over 300 lists of books in more than 50 categores. There’s none on mother-daughter book clubs yet, but I hope to change that soon (more on that later).

One thing I like about Flashlight Worthy Books is that you can research books without knowing a specific title. That solves the problem of finding new books when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Each book at Flashlight Worthy includes a synopsis along with a link to, where you can buy the book or even just peruse the reviews.

Here’s a sampling of some of the featured lists on the site:

Favorite Reissues of Neglected Books

9 Children’s Novels Both Boys and Girls Will Love to Hear

The 10 Best Books of 2009 for Book Clubs

The Best Children’s Fantasy for Adults

Obviously, there are many more lists you can check out. Here’s where I’d like your help. I plan to create a list for mother-daughter book clubs to submit to the site. I have books in mind, but if you have a title you think makes a great mother-daughter book club selection, list it in the comments here and I’ll add it to the list. Tell me what ages you think the book is appropriate for.

Madeleine’s Last Official Mother-Daughter Book Club Meeting

June 1, 2009

Last week Madeleine and I went to the last official meeting of our mother-daughter book club. I think we’re all in denial because it was just like a regular ol’ meeting. No fanfare or anything out of the ordinary. We just can’t quite admit yet that our little girls are all grown up and will soon head off on their own.

The girls graduate soon, and then they’re all off to college. As a sign of just how much has changed since we all started out together when the girls were 9, we finished by reading an assortment of David Sedaris books. That’s a far cry from the sweet books we read back then.

We talked about a few of our favorites over the years. Many people said their favorite book of all was the one we started with: The Hermit Thrush Sings by Susan Butler. There was the time we went together as a group to hear Richard Peck talk about his books and writing and read from his yet to be published The Teacher’s Funeral. We read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and went to see a theater production adapted from it. And of course, our weekends away have been great fun every time we’ve been able to schedule them.

We’re still trying to figure out how to keep our group together in some way. The moms are talking about signing up for a  series of author lectures. And we plan to have a reunion every year when the girls come home from college. We’re not all on Facebook yet, but that may be an option at some point.

Here’s the list of books we’ve read during our eight years together. Our favorites are followed by stars:


  • The Hermit Thrush Sings—Susan Butler*
  • Dealing with Dragons—Patricia Wrede*
  • Ginger Pye—Eleanor Estes
  • Julie of the Wolves—Jean Craighead George*
  • Our Only May Amelia—Jennifer Holm*
  • Ella Enchanted—Gail Carson Levine*
  • Nancy Drew Mysteries—Carolyn Keene
  • Bat 6—Virginia Euwer Wollf*
  • Stargirl—Jerry Spinelli*


  • The Heart of a Chief—Joseph Bruchac*
  • Jacob Have I Loved—Katherine Paterson
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl—Anne Frank*
  • Boy—Roald Dahl*
  • Boston Jane—Jennifer Holm*
  • Walk Across the Sea—Susan Fletcher*
  • The Secret Garden—Frances Hodgson Burnett*
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control—Jack Gantos
  • Coraline—Neil Gaiman


  • Everything on a Waffle—Polly Horvath*
  • Goddesses:  Heaven Sent—Clea Hantman
  • Tangerine—Edward Bloor*
  • A Year Down Yonder—Richard Peck*
  • Going Solo—Roald Dahl*
  • Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging—Louise Rennison*
  • Fair Weather—Richard Peck*
  • A Step from Heaven—An Na
  • Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras—Cathy Hopkins*
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood—Ann Brashares*


  • Biting the Moon—Martha Grimes
  • A Matter of Profit—Hilari Bell*
  • The Adrian Mole Diaries—Sara Thompson
  • The First Part Last—Angela Johnson
  • The Princess Diaries—Meg Cabot*
  • Hoot—Carl Hiassen*
  • Holding Up the Earth—Dianne Gray
  • Missing Persons:  The Rose Queen—M.E. Rabb
  • The Pearl—John Steinbeck


  • Hope Was Here—Joan Bauer*
  • West With the Night—Beryl Markham
  • Speak—Laurie Halse Anderson*
  • Search of the Moon King’s Daughter—Linda Holeman
  • Keeping the Moon—Sarah Dessen
  • The Secret Life of Bees—Sue Monk Kidd*
  • Ready or Not—Meg Cabot


  • Light Years—Tammar Stein*
  • A Certain Slant of Light—Laura Whitcomb*
  • The Kite Runner—Khaled Hosseini
  • The Life of Pi—Yann Martel
  • In the Time of the Butterflies—Julia Alvarez
  • Girls for Breakfast—Jimmy Woo


  • Millions—Frank Cottrell Boyce*
  • Driver’s Ed—Caroline Cooney
  • The Crucible—Arthur Miller
  • The Higher Power of Lucky—Susan Patron
  • The Pilot’s Wife—Anita Shreve
  • Uglies—Scott Westerfeld*
  • Voices from the Street—Jessica Morrell
  • Twilight—Stephenie Meyer*


  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape—Peter Hedges*
  • Water for Elephants—Sara Gruen*
  • Looking for Alaska—John Green
  • This Boy’s Life—Tobias Wolf
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—Ken Kesey*
  • The Glass Castle—Jeannette Walls


  • Jane Austen novels*
  • Revolutionary Road—Richard Yates
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter—Amy Tan*
  • Various titles—David Sedaris*

New Page with List of Books for Boys Posted

December 18, 2007

I posted the list of books recommended for boys as well as girls to read on their own or with a group. Many of these books are timeless, and classics as well as new books are on the list.

I’ve listed them by recommended age group. If you’d like to see something added to the list write in to let me know.