T5W: Favorite Mother Figures


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey. Every week, readers/bloggers/vloggers get a new topic to discuss and list top 5 books (or whatever is specified) that relate to that topic! If you’re interested in joining, you should come join the fun over at the Goodreads group!

Here are my favorite mother figures from some of my favorite books


Marta in Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

I loved Marta’s character and her struggle to be a better mother inspired me although it also broke my heart considering the relationship that she had with her daughter, Hildemara. She is the strongest fictional mother that I have come across in a while. You can read my review of this book here.


Ma in Room by Emma Donoghue

She went through a lot in the room in which she was imprisoned  for 7 years but she still managed to create a life for her son Jack even when they were still in captivity. You can read my review of this book, here.


Rosa Hubbermann in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I liked Rosa although the story focused more on Hans, the father. However, Rosa was a strong woman with a quick tongue but she was quite endearing and she definitely loved her family especially her adopted daughter, Liesel Meminger. My full review of the book is here.


Angela in Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

A lot has been said about Angela especially about the alleged incest mentioned in the memoir. However, I still think that she was a great mother. She practically raised her family alone as her husband drank away all his wages and deserted them. She also endured so much loss with the death of three of her kids. Angela loved her kids and although not everyone may agree with her actions. I think that she was a really good mother to the McCourts. Here is my review of the book.

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Jacqueline in Abducted: The Fourteen Year Fight to Find My Children by Jacqueline Pascarl

Jaqueline went through so much agony after her children were abducted. However, she remained strong through the fourteen years that they were away and kept on fighting long after everyone else had given up. Her memoir is quite inspiring. My review of this book is here.


Honorable mention(Clever way to add a sixth mom to my Top 5)

the-invention-of-wingsCharlotte in Sue Monk Kidd’s  The Invention of Wing

I have already mentioned this in my blog but I have a new favorite book. I absolutely loved The Invention of Wings and so Charlotte had to be added to this list. Charlotte is Handful’s mother. They were both slaves but still, Charlotte was strong, fearless and despite their situation, she tried everything possible to make life better for her daughter. You can find my review of this book here.



mothers reckoningA mother’s Story that I would like to read

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

I haven’t yet read this book but I have a copy of it and it is on my TBR. I can’t wait to read it. Sue is Dylan Klebold’s mother. Dylan was one of the shooters in the Columbine High Massacre.


So, have you read any of these books? Do you have other books that had mothers as protagonists or main characters? Do share and please feel free to add your T5W links in the comment section.

PS:the featured image shows a Kenyan Maasai mother and her baby.Source.


This meme is currently hosted by Sama @ Taking on a World of Words.


To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So here’s my 3 W’s for the week.

Recently Finished

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica- This book was quite exciting. It had so much suspense, many good twists and an unpredictable plot-line. The book reminded me of how much I love good psychological Thrillers.

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes- So after reading Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, I decide to find other psychological thrillers. I got a number of good books from our library and some from friends. These two books came highly recommended. They are twisted, creepy and quite fast paced. The two books reminded me of the TV Show, Dexter. They both feature Joe Goldberg, a creepy serial killer searching for love.





I used to love this TV Show though I  never read the books.


Currently Reading




Where I Lost Her by T,.Greenwood- This is another psychological thriller. A woman spots a three year old alone running into the woods at 11:00pm. She knows what she saw but nobody else believes her. I am almost done with one. It’s a quite interesting. The suspense is on and off though.



Reading Next

So I have abandoned my TBR list and decided to read a bunch of psychological thrillers. I really don’t want to read any other type of books right now. I don’t know which book to pick next but below are the books that I have collected.

Have you read any of these books? Do you know any other psychological thrillers that I should add to my reading list?


So  how about you, have you read anything interesting lately? What are you reading now? What do you plan on reading next? Share your WWW links (or any similar memes) in the comments section and I will pay your blog a visit.