Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

Check out their blog for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate.

May 16:  Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.

Top Ten Book Moms

1. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. Mrs. Bennett is a silly, gossipy woman–but she really cares about her daughters’ future.

2. The Princess Diaries; Meg Cabot. Featuring a nice, rather weird mom and a crazy and mean grandmother (who happens to be royalty.)

3. Polgara the Sorceress; David & Leigh Eddings. A serial foster mom with magic.

4. One For the Money; Janet Evanovich. Even when her daughter blows up cars, gets shot at, or falls into some other disaster, Stephanie’s mom has dinner on time.

5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Fannie Flagg. Several strong, mothering women in this book.

6. The Secret Life of Bees; Sue Monk Kidd. Not all family is blood.

7. Furiously Happy; Jenny Lawson. One of my favorite real world moms.

8. Witches Abroad; Terry Pratchett. Featuring possibly the most inappropriate grandmother ever, Nanny Ogg, and two other witch godmothers.

9. Under a Graveyard Sky; John Ringo. A mom who can keep her family together during a zombie apocalypse is a keeper.

10. The Glass Castle; Jeanette Walls. Dysfunctional moms still count.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

9 responses »

  1. I really like that you included The Secret Life of Bees and that not all family is blood. So true!
    My TTT.

  2. Great picks for this week. The only one of these I’ve read is the Princess Diaries but I did love the relationship Mia had with both her mother and her grandmother, it was such fun to read. 🙂

  3. faithrivens says:

    I love your answer! So varied. Having just read ‘Witches Abroad’ a few months ago, I love how you included Nanny Ogg here 🙂

  4. beckmank says:

    Jenny Lawson is the best!! I really liked Stephanie Plum’s mom on the last novel I read (22 maybe?) where her mom got into the action at the end of the book a la Molly Weasley. She was pretty awesome. 🙂

  5. LOVE Jenny Lawson. When I heard her speak, she mentioned that she has so many HILARIOUS stories that involve her daughter, but she won’t share them because she feels they are a part of her daughter’s story, therefore her right to tell them. They have such a beautiful relationship ❤

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