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Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions

What better present to give your mother than a book?  Compass Book Ratings has gathered some of our favorite books from a wide selection of genres.  All the books have content levels below 5 in all three categories. Take a look and see if you can find the perfect book for your mom.  To see a full book review with content analysis or to purchase through Amazon, click on the book cover.

Simple Act of Gratitude, book cover

A personal written thank you to your mother with this book would be perfect. Mother appeal: Inspiring Non-fiction!

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Book Cover

If your mother has not read this, you MUST get it for her! Completely delightful! Mother Appeal: Historical Fiction with a dash of Romance!

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Book Cover

This book takes a new angle on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories by introducing a young female character to a retired Sherlock Holmes. Mother appeal: Classic + Mystery + Twist!

The Family Nobody Wanted, Book Cover

A true story about a mother and her 12 adopted children is the perfect book for Mother’s Day. Mother appeal: Non-fiction

To Say Nothing of the Dog, Book Cover

For top-notch dialogue and wit with a sprinkling of literary references AND time travel, try this book! Mother appeal: Science Fiction with Victorian flair!










Lady in Waiting, Book Cover

This book has characters you fall in love with. Mother appeal: Historical Romance!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Book Cover

For a delightful mystery involving a precocious protagonist, try this one. Mother appeal: Clever Mystery!

The Vow, Book Cover

The Vow is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list and recently inspired a movie by the same title. Mother appeal: Inspiring Non-Fiction!


An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!

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