Mothers in Books | Top 5 Wednesday

This post was last week’s prompt— I missed it, but I still wanted to do it (lol!)

Top 5 Wednesday was started in November 2013 and is a very much active group on Goodreads, so head over to Goodreads to join the group and keep up with all the topics for the month. I thought it was such a fun idea to have weekly books related prompts that I could answer and share with all of you.

Last week’s prompt was certainly a challenge! I tried to rack my brain, trying to list any books where the mother was a present and supportive character, but could barely come up with 5. I realised, after browsing the web, that the genre which I read the most books from (Young Adult and Fantasy) rarely had strong mother characters. The mothers were either dead, not present or seem to loath their child— Castles In Their Bones I’m looking at you.

I read this lovely blog post (here: WHERE ARE ALL THE MOTHERS IN YA LITERATURE? (ANALYSIS OF MY 2020 READS) by Pages Unbound which provided some more insight.

As a result, I could not list five books for this prompt (which is a first!) Anyhow, let’s get to this week’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt!

May 11th: Mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day this past Sunday, let’s talk about some of our favorite mothers in fiction! Today will give a special spotlight to those mothers and mother-like figures who have supported, cheered for, and loved on characters who felt they were at their lowest of lows or highest of highs! (Also, a very happy Mother’s Day to any mothers in the group! <3)


1. Jennifer Honey (Matilda, Roald Dahl)

Miss Honey used to be Matilda’s caring teacher, but by the end of the book, she becomes her adoptive mother. She was the only person would encouraged Matilda to never stop dreaming, and supported her love for books and reading! We love Miss Honey!

2. Marilla (Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

Marilla technically is not a mom— she would not even call herself a mother and wouldn’t even let Anne call her ‘Aunt’— but their story says otherwise. Marilla took it upon herself to accept Anne into her home, and her life without hesitation. Despite the small bumps along the road, Marilla shows great love and care for Anne— like any good mother would.

3. Marmee (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tells the story of the courageous March sisters; Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy. Of course, behind four lovely sisters’ stands their devoted mother, Marmee, who has been caring for them alone whilst their father is away.


What are some of your favourite Moms in books? Any recommendations?

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