It's Mother's day on Sunday.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Since it's Mother's day on Sunday, I thought I'd get a head start in celebrating it by honoring the mothers in books we've read. Here are the mothers that I think deserve the recognition! Of course, if you are reading this, I challenge you to write down your own list of fictional moms that are memorable to you.

  • Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series
    Molly Weasley was the first one that came to mind when I thought of this. She is kind, brave, and loyal. She also is generous with her motherly love as she has proven time and time as she pretty much took Harry (and Hermione - as well as others) as her own. 
  • Lily Potter from the Harry Potter series
    Even though we didn't get to see Lily as much, I have always been fond of her. First of all, she sacrificed herself for Harry, and through the stories told throughout the series, it was evident that she was a kind and gentle soul. 
  • Rosa Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    She's sassy and a bit tough on Liesl, but there is no denying that her intentions and efforts were pure and simply out of love. She worked hard and she loved her family more than anything.
  • Claire Abshire from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Her undying devotion to her family is like nothing else. Despite the special circumstances she's in, she never fails to remember why she does the things she does. 
  • Margaret March from The Little Women
    She plays both the mom and dad in the March family, and through it all, she remained her wise and gentle self. She is a great listener and she always encourages her children to go for whatever they may want.
  • Vianne from The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    If  you haven't read The Nightingale yet, despite the fact that I've mentioned it again and again, you really must! It's a heart wrenching and beautiful book, and Vianne is an unforgettable character. She is a mother that would do anything and everything for her family and those she loves no matter what.
Also, I figured it wouldn't be fair to mention the good moms without mentioning the antagonistic ones. They're moms too after all ;)
  • Mrs. Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Euginedes
  • Margaret White from Carrie by Stephen King
  • the bad mother from Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Now it's your turn. If you are reading this, I tag you to make your own list before or on Mother's day! It's actually surprisingly more challenging than I thought, coming up with this list, so good luck. 


  1. Great collection!! Happy mother's day

  2. Fantastic list! I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife but I completely agree with all the other moms you included. It has been awhile since I've read Anne of Green Gables so I may just be going on the TV version but I think Marilla Cuthbert is a good adoptive mother to Anne.

  3. This is a great list. I totally agree with Rosa Hubermann. The love she shared, though sometimes hidden was so powerful! I would add Helen Graham from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte to the list. She tries to do her best for her son and she always stays true to herself and her morals even when she could easily give up and give in.

    What a great idea to celebrate Mother's Day literary style!

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  5. Great list! I'm glad to see Rosa Hubermann on there, she was definitely one of my favourite characters from The Book Thief. I think people tend to gravitate around Hans more and while he was probably my favourite of the two, Rosa had some really touching moments. She was definitely much deeper than she seemed, so it's great that you included her here!

    1. I agree. She was such a multifaceted character. I loved Hans too of course, but Rosa was a memorable one.

  6. +JMJ+

    My favourite mothers include Mrs. Huggins (from Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins books) and Mrs. Frisby (from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH). I also think the mother Meg Murry of A Wrinkle in Time grew up to be would have been fascinating to look at more closely . . . but unfortunately, Madeleine L'Engle herself really shortchanged her.

    Then, of course, there's everyone's favourite cringe-inducing mother . . . Mrs. Bennett. LOL!

    1. Mrs. Bennett!! I can never figure out if I liked her or not. In some ways, I appreciate her! But then... eh. haha.

  7. I love the list of the good mothers in your list. Definitely with you on Molly Weasely - love her so much!

  8. Oh, I love that you included Rosa from The Book Thief! I remember when I first read that book, I was so frustrated with her... and THEN. At some point, I just totally got her and yes I completely agree with your assessment!