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Monday, May 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | Honoring Mom (aka Stories with Memorable Mother/Daughter - and Son! - Relationships)


The calendar may say her special day has passed, but today we are asked by the Broke and Bookish to feature an important person in our lives.

Brooke and Bookish 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. - Broke and Bookish 

Book Discussion | The Love Triangle Effect


Whether Mother’s Day has come and gone or not, every day should be a day we honor our mother’s. She’s one of the most important people in our lives, and an argument could be made that she’s our greatest champion. I know mine is. She’s the kind of person who supports, encourages and reminds me daily to never give up on my aspirations, and most of all, to strive to be more. (To learn and grow.)

Whether she realizes it or not, she helps me realize that no matter what we think we know, the learning never stops. She’s my confidante and the best person I know. As the song does from The Band Perry, it’s true I do, “Have the best and worst of her in me.” And if you know a mother-daughter relationship, the truth of this line is glaringly and unflinchingly real.

Thank you, Mom. For everything.

Since I, for some unknown reason, cannot think of many mother/daughter books, or books that have a strong mother/daughter bond, I’m mixing things up. On this list will be mothers and daughters from books, and TV shows. Now my next challenge? Let’s see if I can get to the golden “ten.”

(EDIT: I sure did.)

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Iconic and classic in every good sense of the word, who doesn't adore Marmee March and her four daughters? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | The Dashwood women are forgotten too often. Amazon | Goodreads

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman | I don't remember the relationship in the book (since it's been longer ago that I read it), but the film sticks out as being memorable. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green | An emotional parent-child relationship (in YA lit) if ever there was one. This mother-daughter duo has more at stake than the normal bond, and it's one most of us cannot possibly relate to. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery | I know this might not be the "traditional" mother-daughter duo, but seriously, does it get better than Anne Shirley and Marilla? I'd argue no! Despite her "hardness," Marilla loves this orphaned red-headed spitfire of a girl better and deeper than any mother. Amazon | Goodreads


6. The Christiansen Family Series by Susan May Warren | While this bond isn't the "central" part of the story (in terms of the writing), the relationship this mother has with each one of her children (sons and daughters) is special.

7. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | I loved Caymen's relationship with her mother in this Kasie West novel.Though it's for more than just this reason, one of the most important is that there IS a mother in this YA novel. Too often parents are MIA in ya literature. Question is, why?? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Do these two have serious issues? You bet. But for some reason I liked that Maddie's mom had a presence in this story. Too often YA parents aren't important and I appreciate that, no matter her obvious flaws, Nicola made Mrs. Whitteir the opposite. Amazon | Goodreads 

9. The Crawley Women from Downton Abbey (ITV) | Cora Crawley is one of the classiest women I've met on TV. Add to that her amazing daughters - Mary, Edith and Sybil, and you have a mother/daughter foursome that's difficult not to like.


10. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls (WB) | Yeah, you knew I'd add these two?? Right? *Wink*

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*Publishes tomorrow afternoon
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This brings us to another end for Top Ten Tuesday epicness! Tell me, which mother/daughter (or son!) duos do you love in fiction? Which have been meaningful to you? Introduce me to them. I'd love to meet more epic characters. Let's get our book worm talk on!

PS: Leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. I'd love to come by and visit. 

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  1. Marmee was on my list too! She's such a wonderful character and a caring mother. :-)

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    1. Agreed. She's one of classic literature's most memorable (but maybe underrated) characters. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Chrissi.

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  2. I haven't read any of these but even I know the Dashwood women are awesome. :) And yes to the Crawleys as well!

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    1. Right?? The Dashwood and Crawley ladies are awesome! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Greg.

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  3. Oh man, I love the March family in Little Women. Great mother/daughter relationships there! And GAH, TFIOS!! I almost cried every single time Hazel's mom came on the screen while watching the movie. Great choices-- I'm still bitter about the GG revival, so I can't comment on Rory right now :)

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    1. The March ladies are amazing. I love the bond between them - Mrs. March is always so wise and caring.

      I agree! The mother/daughter relationship in TFIOS is lovely. Everything translates so well to screen.

      I've not seen the revival yet, but have read ALL THE SPOILERS, and yeah. I'm annoyed too. I totally get it, Michelle. Badly done, Rory. Badly done. *said in my best Mr. Knightley impersonation*

      Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I think the mother/daughter relationships in Little Women are some of my favourite other. I loved how Marmee just got each of her children, and loved them for what they were. And yes the relationship in The Distance Between Us was fab, they both really supported each other.

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    1. Marmee March does get all of her children, and it's a beautiful thing.

      Ditto! I especially loved the Gilmore Girls vibes I got from 'Distance.' So good. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Trish. Appreciate it. :)

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  5. Great idea for a list :) I love the Dashwood women - but I can't adore Marmee March. Where was Amy's punishment for burning Jo's book??? And Jo gets all the judgement? So wrong, haha.

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! The Dashwood women are amazing. Each so unique in their own way (though I will admit, Marianne does grate sometimes :D).

      You make a valid point about Amy. *sigh* That was a very cruel thing to do, especially knowing its importance to her sister. (I'd be distraught if my files disappeared - and I've got nothing to persevere in the same way Jo did.)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Catherine! :)

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  6. So many good examples, especially love Lorelai and Rory!

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    1. As do I, Kei. Rory and Lorelai are lovely. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by!

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  7. Wow, I love your list!! A lot of books I haven't read yet. Agree with you about The Fault in Our Stars. I loved it. I need to check out the rest in this list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Geybie; I had so much fun with this list!

      TFIOS is a lovely example of YA parents. I love how their both depicted on screen. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by, as always. :)

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  8. Great list! I love the Gilmores, they're such a brilliant mother/daughter team. :)

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    1. Yes, yes they are! One of my forever favorites - flaws and all. :)

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Sara.

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  9. I love how you picked Anne Shirley's mom, Marilla. She evolved into one of the best mothers of all.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/05/wonderful-books-to-give-your-mom-for.html

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    1. Yes she did, Deb! She may not be Anne's bio mother, but she loved this girl better than anyone else. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  10. Gilmore Girls! They definitely couldn't be absent from this list :) And the relationship between Caymen and her mom in The Distance Between Us really reminded me of Lorelai and Rory. Also, of course If I Stay and TFIOS had some amazing parent/daughter relationships!

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    1. Right?? How could I *not* include these two? Frustrations, annoyances and all, I do love 'em. :) Caymen and her mother remind me SO much of those two. The vibes and #allthefeels were there for sure.

      Ditto! Heartbreaking as both of these novels are, the relationships are spot on.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Lindsey. :)

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  11. Oh I love that you picked Frannie from TFIOS. <3

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    1. Thanks, Erica. I'm glad I did too! She's a memorable character. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by, and thank you for the blog follow. Visit anytime. :)

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  12. Aaah, your post is great!! What a stunning selection. Nice that you incorporated tv moms as well. Crawley women rule! (Don't let them hear me, they'll all frown upon me). Anne and Marilla, The Gilmore Girls! Such awesome picks you have here.

    I did a selection on stepmoms and also included Mrs Dashwood from Sense and Senibility. http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/05/ttt-bring-me-her-heart-said-every.html

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    1. Hi, Mareli! Thank you so much for the kind words and the blog follow. Glad you stopped by - visit anytime. :)

      The Crawley women do RULE! I'll 100% agree, so we can both earn frowns. Anne/Marilla, Lorelai/Rory are all favorites. :)

      Yay for stepmoms! That's a great spin on this week's topic.

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  13. Marmee has made so many lists this week! Little Women is my all time favorite, so I love that it is getting so much love this week :)

    My TTT.

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    1. She deserves too. And I agree; I'm glad she's being remembered so well. :)

      Glad you visited, Allyson. Thanks!

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  14. Ah yeah Lorelai is so much love.

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    1. For sure! :) Thanks for visiting, Annemieke.

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  15. I LOVE Lorelai. Her character was so awesome!

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    1. She for SURE is. I miss her and Rory, though I do still have to watch the revival show. Best make that happen. Soon. :D

      Thanks so much for visiting, Hope.

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  16. The Gilmores are awesome!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/top-ten-tuesday-107/

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    1. Yes, yes they are! :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jo.

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  17. What great mothers are on your list!!!! I failed to include Marilla and Marmee on mine, both very deserving. And how clever of you to include the Dashwoods and Crawleys!!

    I do have Ingrid Christiansen on mine, too. Though she's not the main focus of the series, I love how her "letters" open each novel and give you a mother's perspective of love to start each story. I think it shaped the reader's attitude going into the story.

    Here's my TTT: https://thegreenmockingbird.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/top-ten-tuesday-10-memorable-moms-in-literature/

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    1. Aren't they?? I love seeing how many times Marmee March has made the lists. She is a lovely character. :)

      Though she's isn't central in many way to the Christiansen series, Ingrid is SO important. I love, as you mention, the letters that open each novel. It's a lovely way to begin the books. :)

      Looking forward to reading your Top Ten Tuesday, Courtney; thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I LOVE Eleanor so much in Sense and Sensibility. And I identify with her pragmatic side so much. She's always forgotten in favor of Mary Anne and Elizabeth Bennet!

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    1. I agree. Eleanor is a wonderful character, one I don't like to see forgotten. Sensible maybe, but it's that common sense that helps save her family. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Kaely.

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  19. So many great relationships listed here! :)

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    1. For sure. Lots of wonderful women/mother's to spotlight. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Miranda.

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  20. I've not read any of these yet, but I've added a ton to my list!

    Here is my TTT. Thanks!

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    1. Cool! Hope you find some new ones to enjoy. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  21. Yay! The Crawley women made your list! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Aren't they FABULOUS!? :)

      Thanks for visiting, Lauren.

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