Follow Friday

I’m really excited to be the featured blog for this week’s Feature and Follow.  I’m being Featured at Parajunkee and Books Galore is being featured at Alison Can Read.  Big thanks to both Rachel/Parajunkee and Alison for hosting every week and for featuring me today.

Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

I listened to How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr recently.  So recently that I haven’t yet posted my review, but the book has two mothers.  One is amazing and one is… not, to put it politely.  The story focuses on Jill, still grieving over the death of her father, and Mandy, 18 and pregnant, who has decided to allow Robin (Jill’s mom) to adopt her baby.  

Robin is selfless and loving and everything a mother should be.  She is the kind of person I hope really exists and the kind of person I want to be.  Mandy’s mother is not as major a player as Robin, but the few scenes she is in are enough.  She is a very broken person who has pushed her insecurities and self-hatred on her daughter.  Her parenting skills made my stomach turn.  Watching Robin teach Mandy how to love and be loved was my favorite part of the book.

While it was more of a subplot, I also loved Mae and Jaime’s mom in The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan.  Mae and Jaime have a complicated and strained relationship with their mother, but she loved them and at the end of the day (and the book) she was there for them.  Also, I cried, but I won’t tell you why.

As a side note, I think the worst mother in history is Mrs. Coulter.  And her creepy golden monkey.


  1. I haven’t read either of those books, but they look really interesting and I might check it out sometime. :) Congratulations on being the feature, too! :)

    New follower!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***
    My Follow Friday

  2. I haven’t read How to Save a Life, yet, but it’s on my ever-growing list! :)

    Congrats your FF Feature!!! :)

  3. I haven’t read either of those books, but I always have a difficult time enjoying mother-daughter relationships in books in general.

    new follower via GFC!

    Here’s our FF


  4. New follower! Ditto on the worst mother ever! Blick! Here’s our FF! Happy reading!

  5. Yay for you! :)

  6. I haven’t read either books but they sound good. Congrats on the feature.

    New follower.


  7. Great picks Steph! I can’t wait for your review on How to Save a Life because I really want to read that one!

  8. I really enjoyed reading about your favorite mother/daughter relationships. I haven’t read either of those books.
    I read your interview from Parajunkee, I am also in the mid-atlantic area. I love dewey beach! (i didn’t know there was a readathon there though) I love chatting with bloggers too!

    Congratulations on being featured!

    My FF/TGIF!

  9. Congrats on being featured this week! I’ve never heard of either of these books but will definitely look into them. I’m now following you via GFC and hope you’ll visit me whenever you get a chance…..

  10. Happy #FF enjoy your feature time! ;)

  11. Congrats on being this week’s feature :D

  12. Sounds wonderful (at least the GOOD mom!) I haven’t read it yet, but you make it sound interesting, although I’d probably get frustrated by the bad mom and want to throw the book across the room (bad parents make me violent).

    Congrats on being the feature!

    Old follower :-)

    Here’s my FF!

  13. I haven’t read any of those, but they do sound nice. :)

  14. Sounds awesome! New Follower! My Follow

  15. New Follower! Congrats on being featured! I’ve got this book on my TBR Pile!!

    My FF: What I Read Yesterday
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  16. Sounds great! so excited to be a part of this!
    just posted mine! New followe, check me out?

  17. Those books sound like something I would enjoy. I will have to check them out. CONGRATULATIONS on the feature this week! Great to meet you. New follower.

    My #FF:

    Kendra @ Reader’s Edyn

  18. Haven’t read that book, congrats on being featured

  19. Need to read that its on my TBR list. New follower via GFC here

  20. I haven’t read either of these books yet. But they both sound amazing. I will definitely have to look into them now. Congrats on being a feature this week. You can find my FF here! CLICKY HERE! =D. I’m a New Follower.

  21. Ooh a new answer lol! I haven’t read either of those books, but the first one sounds like it has some interesting mother/child relationships.

    And I agree…Mrs. Coulter was horrid!

    New follower.

    Happy Friday!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  22. I’ve heard about How to Save a Life. It sounds intriguing; I think I’ll have to check it out.

    New GFC follower.

    Our FF

  23. New follower. I haven’t read the books you mentioned either.
    My FF is here

  24. Oh my hands hurt! I’ll post a comment to each blogger on that list! Im a new blogger glad to meet everybody!

    I haven’t read about this book but sounds interesting!

    Following ^.^

    my FF post

    Valery • The Book Of Owl’s

  25. Congrats on being the feature!! New follower =D


  26. I have yet to read Demon’s Convenant, but I’ve met Sarah Rees Brennan several times, so I can guess what happens. She told me that her mother was concerned about the fact that Sarah had literally killed off the mother figure in every manuscript she’d ever written. LOL. If I were her mom, I might be concerned too.

    Congratulations on the feature! New follower. Feel free to stop by my FF!

  27. I’ve been meaning to read How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr but so far I haven’t seen any copy of it on any of our local bookstores. I heard it was very good! :) Happy Friday and congratulations on being featured!

    New follower,
    Stop by my FF post? :)

  28. Hi & Happy Friday!

    Congratulations on being this weeks feature :) I am a new follower.

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  29. Congrats on the feature!!

    I love Jodi picoult too!

    Stalking ya on GFC!

    DDS @ B00k r3vi3ws

  30. Congratulations on your FF! I haven’t read either book :(

    New follower!

    Liza’s Feature Friday

  31. AGHH I really want to read How To Save A Life! I quite love the cover, and reading about the mothers makes me want to read it sooner. And dear heavens, Mrs. Coulter was EVIL…what did Lord Asriel ever see in her!? so infuriating. Someone else mentioned Matilda’s parents being the worst, though I think they and Mrs. Coulter could have a go at it.

    Congrats on the feature! I’m an old follower, but you knew that :)
    Happy friday!
    My FF

  32. Congrats on the feature. :D
    I have not read The Demon’s Convenant or How to Save a Life so I can’t really comment. Just wanted to say welldone.

    Old Follower!

    My FF

  33. How to Save a Life sounds fascinating! New follower : )

  34. Congrats on being featured! I haven’t heard of those books but they sound interesting!

    I’m a new follower, I’m loving your blog design!

    Here’s my Follow Friday , hope you’ll stop by and check it out :)

  35. I haven’t heard of those two. Congrats on being featured! New GFC follower.
    My FF

  36. I haven’t heard of either of those books yet. They sound good. Congratulations on being featured!!! (Old Follower). Have a great weekend!

  37. I haven’t heard of these either, but I love all the snow on the cover!

    New GFC Follower.

    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey’s

  38. I haven’t heard of these either, but I love there covers!

    New twitter and GFC follower!

    Congrats on being featured!!
    My FF

    Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

  39. I haven’t read either of those books! Congrats on being the featured blog! I’m a new follower!

    Here’s my FF Post.

  40. Congrats on being featured!!!

    I’m a new follower :)


  41. Oh, I really want to read How To Save A Life. Congrats on being featured! I’m a new GFC follower. Here’s my FF.

  42. Congrats on being a Feature! Oh, I haven’t heard of either of those books. Sounds interesting though. I’m a new follower :)

    My FF

  43. LOL, you are the first person I’ve met that’s also read The Demon’s Covenant (or any from that series) New Follower :-)


  44. I haven’t read either of these books, but I’m intrigued by The Demon’s Convenant. Great answers!

    New GFC and Twitter follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  45. Good call on Mrs. Coulter. I’d forgotten about her. She really is evil.

    Old follower! Here’s my FF.

  46. I haven’t read either of those books but I’m gonna add them to my TBR list because they sound interesting! :)

    Also I just wanted to say congrats on being featured this week! :D

    Here’s my FF:

    Have a great weekend!


  47. How to save a life sounds great!
    Happy Friday :)

    New email follower (amugglesmagicalbookblog at yahoo).

    The Muggle
    Nominate Your Book Boyfriend

  48. New follower here is my FF : Haven’t read the ones you choose i will have to look into it :)

  49. Both sound like fantastic books. :) Happy FF!
    New follower :)

  50. Hi, stopping by from FF, I haven’t heard of either of those books. New follower. :)

  51. I haven’t read either of the books but I’m definitely going to check them out! They seem really interesting :)

    Congratulation on being featured!
    New follower.

    My #FF:

  52. Hey! I want How To Save A Life sooo badly!!! Congratulations on being this week’s feature!
    I’m a new follower.
    My #FF:

  53. Congratulations on being the feature!

    New follower.

  54. Congrats on the Feature! I have heard of How to Save a Life and am interested to read your review when it comes out!

    New follower via GFC and Twitter!

    OtherwhereCo FF

  55. I love Sara Zarr!

    What? You are the feature? I’m off to check this out…

  56. Congratulations on being featured this week! :)

  57. Ooh, lucky follower 200 here! Happy to have found you through the book hop!

    I hope you’ll find the time to check out Patch of Sky, too!

  58. Congrats on being featured, Steph! :)
    I hadn’t heard about these books before, but I might check them out. That golden monkey sounds interesting…
    Happy Friday~

  59. New follower! I’ve really been wanting to read How to Save a Life – it sounds so good! Zarr is a great writer! Here is my FF if you’d like to follow back:

  60. Congrats on being a feature this week!

    New follower! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature

  61. Enjoyed meeting you through this feature.

    New follower:

  62. Congrats on the feature! How to Save a Life is on my TBR list so hopefully I’ll get to it someday soon!

    My follow friday. Hope you’ll visit!

    New follower.

  63. That’s so awesome that you were featured! Congrats! I haven’t heard of these books but I’ll have to check them out!

  64. New Follower! How to Save a Life sounds good! Congrats on being featured this week! Hopping thru on FF. Come see what my answer is at FF this week! Happy Reading!

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