Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Sunday was Mother’s Day in quite a few countries (including Canada, where I live). It is a day to celebrate moms and all they do for us, give them a card or gift, and generally express love to your mother.
My mama is pretty awesome. She is the most generous person I know and is always wanting to bless other people with whatever they might need or want. She is lovely. If you are lucky enough to know her, I’m sure you know what I mean.
Thankfully, my mama isn’t like a lot of the moms in books. You never quite know what you’ll get in a mom in a book, especially in a YA book. Here are a few of the moms that came to mind when I thought about the best and worst moms in books that I’ve read.
Best Moms in Books
Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Molly and Cassie’s moms in The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Worst Moms in Books
Will’s mom in Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Crazy mom desperate for her daughters to get married? Check. So focused on herself that she completely misunderstands her own family? Check. Has no respect for other people unless they are rich or able to benefit her? Check. No understanding of how the world actually works? Check. Completely blind to her own faults? Check. Blatant favouritism of one child over the others? Check.
Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda by Roald Dahl
Complete neglect and actual child abuse – yup, it’s there. Blatant favouritism of one child over the other. Yup. No desire to know or understand her child. Yup. Completely self-obsesses. Yup.
Libby Lomax’s mom in the Libby Lomax Series (A Night in with Audrey Hepburn, A Night in with Marilyn Monroe, A Night in with Grace Kelly)
Okay, that’s my quick little list. Now it’s your turn!