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.
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)
Charlotte 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.
A 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.