Books

Non-fiction book of the month: The Actual One

Our non-fiction book of the month for May is The Actual One, Isy Suttie's hilarious account of how she tried and failed to remain twenty-something for ever. We’re giving away 50 copies of The Actual One so apply for yours now.

Isy Suttie will also be joining us at Mumsnet Bookfest on 25 June, where she'll be talking frankly (and funnily) about navigating her 'quarterlife crisis'.

 


Children's books that make you weep

We challenge you to get through these books without welling up. Mumsnetters recommend the most tear-jerking books to read to your children

Book giveaway: The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Sabrina Boggs’ life is turned upside down when she discovers a mysterious box of her father’s possessions. She only has one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. To discover the truth in this thought-provoking novel, apply for your free copy of Cecelia Ahern’s latest novel, The Marble Collector.



Top tips for exams

Exam season is stressful for parents and children alike. Author and journalist Matthew Syed joined us for a webchat and shared his top tips for helping children with exams.

May Book of the Month

Our May Book of the Month is The Green Road by literary favourite Anne Enright. The book follows an Irish family's various paths from the 1980s to the present day. It has already been nominated for a host of awards: Booker longlisted, and Costa and Baileys shortlisted. There are 50 free copies up for grabs, so apply now!



Mumsnet Bookfest

We're thrilled to announce our inaugural family festival of literature, language and ideas: Mumsnet Bookfest. Join us on 25 June at King's Cross for a fantastic line-up of bestsellers and Book Club favourites.

7 things we'd like to say to Shakespearean characters

In honour of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, Mumsnetters have some sage advice for characters from his plays. Join us at Bookfest for a discussion on Shakespeare's enduring appeal with a panel including Howard Jacobson, Malorie Blackman and Meera Syal.



Best books for two-year-olds as recommended by you

These top books for two-year-olds are perfect for early learning but also perfect for snuggling up and enjoying together. Here are ten of the best books that your little one is guaranteed to love.

5 Books that will change your life

Time for a change? Mumsnetters say these five books, on everything from parenting teens and toddlers to decluttering, will change your life (for the better!)



Share kids craft ideas to win Elmer goodies worth £100

Share your craft ideas for young kids to be in with a chance of winning a selection of fabulous Elmer books and goodies worth £100, including Elmer plush toy, lunchbox, tabard, tote bag, sound book and more!

Tell us why you love Pride and Prejudice to win Eligible + £100 Sweaty Betty voucher

This is Pride and Prejudice but not as you know it. In Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, Darcy is a neurosurgeon and Bingley a reality TV star. Just tell us why you love Pride and Prejudice for a chance to win a copy of the book PLUS a £100 voucher for Sweaty Betty.



Share tips for getting kids reading at home to win 20 books worth £100

Share your top tips for encouraging kids to read at home for a chance to win 20 books from the Reading Ladder series worth £100.

Learn 6 Mandarin characters in 6 minutes

ShaoLan Hsueh couldn't find an effective way of teaching her children Chinese, so she developed a groundbreaking visual method to make reading characters fun and easy. Learn six of the most commonly occurring characters and win the entire Chineasy range PLUS a tote bag.



Children's book club

Head over to our Children's book club to find all the latest news on the best books for kids of all ages from tiny tots to teens.

Book reviews

Not sure what to read next? Have lots to say about a book you've just finished? From fiction to parenting guides, browse the reviews of everything Mumsnetters are reading, or write your own!



Browse our bookshelves

Shelved books

Reading list: Don't know what to read next? Be inspired by our archive of Mumsnet Book of the Month choices. There's a wealth of wonderful novels.

Mumsnet guides

Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

Did you know that in addition to the vast repository of wisdom that is Mumsnet Talk, you can also get some of the best bits in book form? Find out more about our Mumsnet guides, including the Book of Bedtime Stories written by Mumsnetters. 



Local Independent bookshops

the winding stair

Mumsnet Local editors have rounded up the best of the independent bookshops. Check out the list to find great book stores in your area.