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Top 5 mums in books

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 mums in books!!

Why? Because we just celebrated Mother’s Day across the world. Or at least I think it’s across the world… Who knows. I know in Australia we don’t do Father’s Day until September but other countries do it in June. I think Mother’s Day is in May for most people though…

Regardless of the date of world holidays, we are here to celebrate some amazing fictional mothers. So let’s do that. HOWEVER, it took writing this post to realise there are a lot of terrible mothers in fiction. Or un-alived mothers. Like, we could do a whole other post of books with crappy parents or absent parents. In fact, we could do one of each! Maybe not for Mother’s day… But I certainly came up with 5 of each of those much faster than I came up with this list. You know, when I was ranting to Husband… But, we shall celebrate the good ones first!! *happy thoughts!!*

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit very terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

Let’s look at my top 5 mums in books.

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top 5 mums in books

Wait For It — Mariana Zapata

Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

NOTE: OK, so technically Diana isn’t the biological mother in this book (not a spoiler, literally the premise), but she is the BEST fictional mother / guardian / parent that I have read about in so long. I just love her. She deserves all the love.

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

Little Women — Louisa May Alcott

NOTE: OK, so it’s been forever since I’ve read this series (yes, the whole series), but Marmee March is just the sweetest, most supportive and caring mum in bookish existence. This is a hill that I may at least stop for a while on. Perhaps take an injury. No one needs to die for this though. Marmee would not allow it. Kudos to Jo later on in the series as well though.

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another.

Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Red, White and Royal Blue — Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

NOTE: So, this one is in my brain because I only JUST watched the movie. And I remember President Claremont being a much nicer mother in the book. Does anyone else feel like the movie took some liberties??

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

The Upside of Unrequited — Becky Albertalli

NOTE: OK, so I also feel like we could have swapped almost any Albertalli book in here. I have vague memories of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda also having a great mother, but that could have just been Jennifer Garner in the movie. Maybe it was a great dad scene… Anyway, Molly’s mother is to be treasured.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Duke and I — Julia Quinn

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

NOTE: Confession time, I have not read this book. In fact, I’ve only seen the TV series. But with all the hubbub of season 3 coming out, I am adding Violet Bridgerton to this list because I feel like she just wants to do right by her children because she just wants them to be happy. And that’s what we all deserve. (If she’s not like this in the books, please don’t tell me because I want to live in ignorant bliss on this topic.)

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

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Who are your top 5 mums in books?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


  • Janette

    If I hadn’t restricted myself to Fantasy, I would definitely have included Violet Bridgerton too. The Bridgertons are a happy family and that is basically down to her.

  • aimee can read

    There’s definitely a lot more not-so-great moms and un-alived moms in fiction than there are notable, amazing ones which is such a shame. I remember loving Simon’s mom in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I really need to read Albertalli’s other books! 🙂

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