Book Review: The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore

heroine's bookshelf

In “The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder”, author Erin Blakemore details the importance of various heroines throughout literature and the character traits she feels best define them. Elizabeth Bennett, for example, is defined by sense of self, Scout Finch is compassion, and Jo March, ambition. In each reflection, Blakemore interweaves details of the author’s life, how the heroine relates to her own life, and suggestions on when to read that particular work.

This book is an interesting read. I’ve read 10 out of the 12 books discussed and am intrigued to read the ones I have not read. I learned something about the authors, although I’m not sure how accurate all the information is. Some of what Blakemore wrote about Lousia May Alcott, for example, didn’t correlate with what I’ve read about her, but I’m willing to admit I may be incorrect. Ultimately, this book made me excited to revisit old friends and make some new ones

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