Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I had my mum up to stay this weekend, which was lovely as it’s been a while since I’ve seen her and since it was Mother’s Day here in the UK on Sunday, it was great to actually be able to spend the day with her as last year I couldn’t. Anyway, I’m back, and courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, doing another Top Ten Tuesday for you all. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a rather special one for me, as you can see by the number at the top, as it’s my 100th one! I can’t believe I’m into triple digits already, it feels like I only just did the first one of these yesterday. I’m so glad I started doing this, I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers through doing this meme alone and I’m so grateful for all your positive comments on these posts. Basically thanks guys, you’re awesome, here’s to the next 100 of these! This week’s topic is supposed to be a meeting authors freebie, but quite honestly, my author wishlist really has changed much since the first time I did an author post all the way back when I started doing these, and whilst I have met some great authors, I’m not sure if I could compile a list of ten, I literally only started going to author events and stuff in the last couple of years. So instead, I’m going to just be a complete rebel this week, and do a post about my Top Ten Fictional Mothers, in celebration of last Sunday’s Mother’s Day.
- Molly Weasley-Harry Potter-JK Rowling
Well you all knew this one was coming. Mrs Weasley is probably the one fictional mother that we all come up with when we think of great fictional mothers. Not only is she an incredible mother to her own children, she takes Harry under her wing as well and becomes a kind of surrogate mother to him. I love that she’s such a sweet woman and yet so fierce as well (we all remember her fight with Bellatrix) and just loves her family so much. Basically all the YA mother points go to Molly Weasley.
2. Sally Jackson-Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan
I love Percy’s mum! For one thing, she’s actually present in her son’s life, no mean feat in a YA book. She married a total jerk just to keep her son safe, she and Percy have the best in jokes with their blue food obsession, she’s willing to step up and help her son when he needs her but also to step back and allow him to do what he needs to to save the world. Basically Sally Jackson is one awesome lady.
3. Meggie McGregor-Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman
Meggie may not be the perfect mother, she is flawed, but that’s one of the things I love about her. She loves her family so much and is willing to do anything to protect them and it’s so heartbreaking when she can’t. She also cares for Sephy like she’s her own daughter and looks after her when her own family doesn’t. She is selfish sometimes and makes stupid decisions but they are always out of love for her family and no one can deny her devotion to her children.
4. Maura Sargent-The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater
Blue’s mum is so weird and wonderful! She’s always there for her daughter to offer advice, and she and Blue have a great relationship. It’s nice to see a YA mother playing an active role in their child’s life, she even helps the Gangsey a little on their quest to find Glendower.
5. Rosa Hubermann-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak
Rosa may be strict and come off kind of cold, but you can tell that she really, really loves Liesel, that she has a huge heart underneath it all and that she would do anything to protect her foster daughter.
6. Natalie Prior-Divergent-Veronica Roth
Okay, so you don’t get to see all that much of Mrs Prior, but she literally sacrifices herself to save her daughter? I mean that’s a pretty great mum!
7. Elena Vilkas-Between Shades of Grey-Ruta Sepetys
Mrs Vilkas is unfailingly kind, generous, even to those who don’t deserve it, she never gives up hope and she protects her children fiercely, even giving up her own food in order to make sure that her children get fed. It’s amazing that she can be so kind and sacrifice so much after everything she goes through.
8. Helen Thermopolis-The Princess Diaries-Meg Cabot
Okay, so I’ll admit, I am probably basing this slightly on the movies, since it’s been a while since I read the books, but from what I can remember of the books, Mia’s mum is pretty awesome, she has such a close relationship with her daughter and is always there to offer advice when Mia needs it.
9. Miss Honey-Matilda-Roald Dahl
Miss Honey is far more of a parent to Matilda than Mrs Wormwood ever was, taking her under her wing and encouraging her love of books and learning & it’s so sweet to see the two of them find what they need in each other.
10. Melissa Edgley-Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy
Melissa doesn’t have a huge role in the series, but she clearly cares a lot about her daughter, is interested and engaged with her life (granted it’s Valkyrie’s reflection she spends the most time with, not her daughter herself but she doesn’t know this) and they have some sweet moments together throughout the books.
That’s all I have for this week! Who are your favourite fictional mothers? Do we share any? Who do you think are the worst mothers in fiction? Let me know in the comments!
I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, it’s a fandom freebie, so you’ll have to wait and see exactly what spin I decide to go with for that one, but I’m really excited about it. I have lots of stuff planned for this week, I just finished This Savage Song, I want to do a Thursday Quotables post this week (I know right wonders never cease), I’ve almost finished another book, this week will be a busy one, so stay tuned!