On Mother’s Day

Posted On 11 March 2018

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To all the women out there – I salute you.  Mum’s, chums, aunts, grans, sisters, daughters,  everyone.  Have a great day. And, just for being you, here are a few fictional mums that I thought I’d share:

1. The Other Mother –  from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.  She is one scary mother.  *shivers*.  Is there anything about her at all that is redeemable – I’m struggling to find it – although I suppose she’s acting true to character, even if that is rather dark and scary and with button eyes.  I couldn’t miss her off the list though.  Such a great book and a fantastic animation.


2. Molly Weasley from JKRowling’s Harry Potter.  You have to love her, she’s super mumsy but also ultimately kick ass when needs must.  You all know what I’m talking about:’

Not my daughter you bitch’

3. Cersei Lanister – GRRMartin’s Game of thrones.  Her own ambition leads to the downfall of her children.  Not an ideal role model for sure but makes for great reading and watching.


4. Mercy  – from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  She’s such a great friend and protector to Jesse (Adam’s) daughter.  She knows when to say something and what to say, when therapeutic shopping is needed and when cookies are the only thing that will help.


5. Toby Daye’s mum from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire – a mother who is largely absent.  I can’t say too much about her because it will be all spoilery but she’s a woman who has lost her grip on reality and has largely taken herself out of the picture.  However, she does make the odd appearance – and usually just when needed.  I haven’t read all the series so I’m still finding out where her story arc takes me.


6. Phedre from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.  Thank goodness for Phedre!  Let’s just say that she goes to great lengths to rescue Imriel and then adopts him as her own.  She is pretty amazing.

7. Mrs Bennett – from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Okay, she is a bit of a schemer, she does interfere a tad but her heart is in the right place.  And, anyway, everyone knows that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in need of a wife. Right?

Tell me your fictional mums that must go on the list.


16 Responses to “On Mother’s Day”

  1. Tammy

    At first you scared me, Lynn! I thought I had missed mothers day. How am I just finding out that the UK has a different date than the US? I hope you have a relaxing one with tons of books😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I only realised that myself last year when I similarly saw something from somebody in the US and had a similar scare to the one you’ve just had.
      I had a great day – although not many books tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

    Whoop whoop! Cersei! I did a mother’s day post too and included her!😱😂😱😂😱😂

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Still staying away from spoilers, I can safely tell you that Amandine will feature in the latest Toby Daye book, and that I can’t wait to hear what you think of her once you have read that one. I really can’t wait… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I need to start reading this series again – I really miss Toby in my life.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Aw Lynn, I love Molly Weasley ❤ I also love to hate Cersei too. 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Cersei?? Her children DIE! My first awesome mother is Essun from N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy. It isn’t too much of a spoiler to mention that she walks through the end of the world to rescue her daughter from her murdering husband…

    And the other fab mum is Cordelia Naismith – who hunts down the scum who attacked her when she was pregnant, thus damaging her unborn son so that he suffers signficant physical damage – a chap called Miles Vorkosigan… the famous series by Lois McMaster Bujold. And the scene about what happened when she catches up with said scum is AMAZING.

    Happy Mother’s Day Lynn:))x

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks and hope you had a great day too.
      Cersei – yeah, I was trying to down play that aspect, ahem, she is a terrible mom but a great baddie to read. I will eventually read Lois McMaster Bujold – thanks for the suggestions 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Isabella from Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent books will be my nomination for great mom! Sure, she’s always felt a bit guilty about not being in her son’s life, but that time where she let him come along with her on her sea voyage was what made him realize what he wanted to do with his future, and she let him follow his own path and passions. I think that was one of my favorite books of the series 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay, great choice, great books and a wonderful series.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Not going to lie, when I read Coraline about 2 years ago, I was highly unsettled by the other mother… Creepy!!!

    I guess I’d say my perfect literary mother would be Marmee March from Little Women.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ah yes, good choice. The Other Mother – she’s so perfectly horrid she has to be on the list.
      Lynn 😀

  8. proxyfish

    I hope you had a lovely mother’s day! 😀

    Hah! What a great list. I absolutely love Molly Weasley too! And the other mother is definitely a very very creepy woman – and certainly not redeemable!!! I’m not sure how I’d feel if I saw my mum and she had buttons for eyes!

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