T5W: Most Memorable Mothers in Literature

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was formerly hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. She recently passed the torch on, but you can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here. This week’s topic was Top 5 Mother/Maternal Figures. It was really hard for me to avoid some men maternal figures, but I figure we’ll probably hit that around Father’s day, so I’m going to be nice. Even if it means I might have to get a bit twisted. My take on this topic is Most Memorable Mothers in Literature because, face it, the most memorable ones aren’t always sweetness and light:

Top 5 Most Memorable Mothers in Literature

  1. Prissy Martin from Mother by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross. Prissy Martin may be a mother, but she’s also a disgusting pervert with hoarding and child abuse issues. She’s definitely a very memorable mommy.
  2. Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. “Not my daughter, you b*tch!” Molly Weasley was the mum everyone wanted to have. Not only was she generous and loving, she was also feisty and unafraid to stand up to anyone. She was perfect.
  3. Penryn’s Mom from Angelfall. I don’t remember her being named specifically, but once you read about her, she definitely stands out in your mind. She’s probably the only mother I’ve read in Young Adult literature in recent years that wasn’t ‘quirky-endearing-odd’ but just outright scarily mentally ill. Yet she loves her kids and they love her.
  4. Dr. Mira from the In Death series. She loves Eve like she’s her own child. She’s flawed and perfectly human and perfectly wonderful. She’s elegance and sophistication and tea and biscuits when you’re sad. She’s pure steel underneath it all.
  5. Iza from the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel. I think Iza sticks out in the mind of anyone who read the series. She did so much for Ayla that she didn’t have to do, and she loved her as best she could. Without Iza adopting Ayla, she never would have survived and grew up to become the awesome woman she did.

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7 Responses to T5W: Most Memorable Mothers in Literature

  1. I only know Molly from this list, but Dr. Mira and Iza sound wonderful!

  2. Diana says:

    I love the twist you did by tackling memorable instead of favourite mothers.At first the title hadn’t registered so the first mom on your list was a little shocking lol had to go back to the title.she sounds terrible but memorable.Molly must be an awesome mum.She’s in a number of lists today.I haven’t read the series though.Happy reading.

    • Molly really is an awesome mom. I think it’s because she’s a real MOM. She’s not all sweetness and light. She’s not disconnected from her children’s lives. She doesn’t let them get away with crap. She’ll publicly bawl her kids out, but if they really need her?? Mollymum is THERE. And that’s what everyone wants, I think.

  3. Silke says:

    Penryns Mom was indead very memorable!

  4. peculiarb says:

    Great list! I’m only familiar with Molly Weasley from your list, but Prissy Martin sounds like a terrifying mother!

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