Motherhood – chapter 1

I’m sure we could all write a book (or an entire series of books) about Motherhood – that is, if we were skilled authors. From sore nipples to exploding nappies, 48 hour labours and emergency caesars, controlled crying and co-sleeping (or no sleeping) – we all have a unique story to tell, yet we share so many of the same experiences. We also share the privilege of being called ‘Mum’.

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And 30 years later, I share many of the same experiences as my Mum. I now know what she went through 36 years ago and I am forever grateful. It’s not until you’re a Mum that you appreciate everything your Mum did for you!

On this Mother’s Day, I want to share with you some Australian books about motherhood.


The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins

Most of us have or are part of a Mother’s group – whether that be online or in person. They can be an absolute blessing when you need a hand or some advice but they can also be quite daunting when the ‘supermum’ comes to the park with freshly baked cupcakes, blow-dried hair and a clean shirt….

The Mother’s Group is written from the perspective of 6 different women who come together after the birth of their first child. Not only does the book explore what each woman experiences as a first time mother, it also delves into friendship, relationships and the pressures of parenting. Then the unthinkable happens ….. you will have to read the book to find out what this is. The Mother’s Group was a very easy read, completely relateable and is and rated 3.74/5 on Goodreads.


Stella and Margie by Glenna Thompson

The Mother-in-law – do you love her or hate her? I am lucky enough to have a great Mother-in-law…. And well, she may read this so I have to say that…. Just kidding. I am really lucky. This book is a different look into motherhood with the story of Stella and Margie. Margie is a bitter and prickly woman and happens to be Stella’s mother-in-law. Margie has an accident and is invited to stay with her son and his wife Stella. The book explores the unexpected relationship and friendship which is formed between two very different women. A beautifully told story which was easy to read. I also really enjoyed Thompson’s first novel, Blueberry. Stella and Margie is rated 4.13/5 on Goodreads.


The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright

I guess having now written a few blogs, I myself am a Mummy blogger and thought this book was a light, entertaining read. The book follows the story of three Mummy bloggers who I would describe at the school gate as the lycra mum, the hippy mum and the working mum. All three women are nominated for a prestigious blogging award (with a large cash prize) and show how far they will go to win the kudos and the money.  It also makes you think twice about the seemingly perfect lives we tend to portray on social media. A light-hearted, entertaining and fun read for Wainwright’s first novel and is rated 3.75/5 on Goodreads.


The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

As much as we all complain about the difficulties of Motherhood, let’s face it, it’s a wonderful gift that we should all be grateful for. Grab your tissue boxes ladies, this one is a tear jerker – but I really enjoyed it. The Greatest Gift tells the story of a couple struggling with infertility and a couple who don’t want to have children – I won’t say much more because I don’t want to give anything away. This book pulled out some surprises in the storyline which were completely unexpected but a nice change to the often cliché storylines of ‘chick lit’ books. A touching, moving and emotional story which pulls on all the heartstrings whether you have struggled with fertility or not. Rachael Johns has written numerous novels of which this is the second I have read. I also enjoyed her book ‘The Art of Keeping Secrets’. The Greatest Gift is rated 4.24/5 on Goodreads.


Motherguilt by Ita Buttrose and Dr Penny Adams

We all know the word ‘Motherguuilt’ because I’m sure we’ve all felt it at some stage. Whether it’s because we’re working full-time or not working at all or because we let our kids eat a ‘brekky dinner’ (yes that’s a regular occurrence in our house) or even down to feeling guilty about not making Jonny birthday cupcakes (which we can then post to Facebook) – we have all been there! While I haven’t read this book (it’s sitting on my bedside table along with 6 other unread books), the title alone makes me think I am going to relate to many of the issues. It’s a non-fiction book which explores the stories and experiences of many well-known and not so well-known Australian women. I will let you know what I think on my podcast when I have read it.


So, don’t feel guilty on Mother’s Day for taking some time out to read this blog post, a book or having an extra long shower – you deserve it! If you are after some recommendations from other Mums, don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast  ‘In Mum’s good books’ on your favourite podcasting app or listen here.

To my Mum and all of the other mothers, mums grandmothers, step-mums, mother-in-laws, nanas, aunts or whatever you like to call yourself – thank you for caring for your children and Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Reading.

Mother’s Day is also your last chance to enter my competition to win a signed copy of ‘Losing Kate’ by Kylie Kaden. I will be drawing the winner at 8pm AEST. See the pinned post on my Facebook page or the boomerang post on my Instagram feed.


‘Mother: female parent of a child

Mum: the woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child’

Rachael Johns

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