Spending time with your mom often gets overlooked as you also provide her care. You’re so busy with housework, meals, and scheduling. By the time dinner arrives, you’ve done very little with her.

During November’s National Book Awards Week, celebrate some of today’s award-winning novels. Read the nominees together. If you want to discuss the books afterwards, there are reading guides for many books on author and library websites. Pick your winner and see if you agree with the judges.

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet

A dozen children have no choice but to join their parents on a summer vacation at a waterfront estate. While the parents spend their days and nights partying, the children are left on their own. When a storm approaches, the kids decide to run away and find that the events they face closely mimic the stories in the Children’s Bible that’s carried by one of the youngest boys in the group.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

A couple and their children leave the hustle and bustle of New York City to enjoy a family vacation in a rental home in Long Island. The goal is to enjoy being remote and isolated for a week.

Long after the sun sets, the family is surprised by a knock at the door. It’s the homeowners, an older couple, who come with news that the city is in the middle of a blackout. They can’t access anything as cable and the internet are not working. Is what they’re being told true or is this older couple putting them in danger?

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

This collection of short stories cover the lives of nine women from different generations. While they’re usually God-fearing women, they take one impetuous moment to stop being good and do something that they’ve always wanted to do.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Set in the 1980s, Shuggie Bain is a young Scottish boy who lives with his mom and siblings in public housing. While her dream is to move her family to a single-family home, her spending habits dampen her dreams. Her cabby husband also doesn’t do anything to move the family forward.

As Shuggie ages and his older siblings leave home, he’s the one left to help his mother, now an alcoholic. He longs to be like any child, but it may never happen because of his mother’s addictive behaviors.

Short on free time? Consider having elderly care aides helping your mom with her daily activities. You’ll be able to devote more of your time to having fun with her. Take her out for a drive or put on a movie. While you’re doing that, the elderly care aide can get things like laundry and housekeeping done.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Monroe, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care today. Call (732) 607-8870.