The Heroine’s Bookshelf


Way back in October,  posted an interview
with Erin Blakemore, author of THE HEROINE’S BOOKSHELF:
Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Lucky duck that I am, I won a copy of the book.
I read it as soon as it arrived but am only just now getting around
to sharing my thoughts because I worried I wouldn’t do the book justice.
I’m still not confident I will, but am forging ahead.  


I have three words for you: Read this now.

Erin Blakemore divided her book into twelve parts
and assigned each a fictional character:

Family Ties

For instance, Celie from THE COLOR PURPLE comes under Dignity,
and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’s Scout Finch represents Compassion.

Not only does Ms. Blakemore highlight the characters’ connections to
those traits, but also the women who created those characters.

As a writer who has experienced a fair share of the emotional ups and downs
associated with the pursuit of publication, I very much appreciated learning the
background on the authors’ lives.
(A sneak peek: They lived some turbulent lives.  Wow.)

I’ve read all but two of the highlighted novels (and will read those others!),
but gained fresh perspectives on all those heroines.  
Reading THE HEROINE’S BOOKSHELF was like having a private book club
discussion in the luxury of my own bed (yes, I read the entire book propped
against pillows.)  At the risk of sounding contradictory, I felt both comforted and
adventurous as I read this book; it reaffirmed earlier thoughts and exposed me to new ideas.

Do your literary soul a favor and read THE HEROINE’S BOOKSHELF now.


20 thoughts on “The Heroine’s Bookshelf

  1. YAY!!!

    I’m really glad you enjoyed it, Tracy–I’m certainly not surprised! I passed my copy along to my sister, who’s shared it with some of her friends, all of whom have raved about it. And now you know why. 🙂


  2. Did I tell you that I de-friend people who make me add more books to my TBR list? No? Well, aren’t you in for a surprise. 😉

    Okay, I’m totally kidding. You’re stuck with me. But man! Another book? After the additions I made over the holidays, I will have to live….*clicks on calculator….one thousand years in order to read all the books on my TBR. I guess I need to find a vampire, huh?


    • Oh. I totally get this. I’m overwhelmed by the number of books I intend to read.

      This is the kind of book you can have on your nightstand and read a portion at a time. It’s deep and delicious, and you’ll want to savor it. Or gobble it. Either approach works. 🙂


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