Book Review: The Heroine’s Bookshelf – Erin Blakemore

Title: The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author: Erin Blakemore
ISBN: 9780061958762
Pages: 224
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Source: Curled Up With a Good Book
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this little book, author Erin Blakemore discusses her favorite female authors from childhood, the remarkable heroines they created, and what women today can learn from both author and characters.

Review:

I was an avid reader as a child and learned a lot from the women I read about. From Anne Shirley to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I absolutely loved these characters; in some ways, they feel like home to me. Therefore, when I heard about The Heroine’s Bookshelf, I was intrigued. I was excited to discover what new nuggets of wisdom Erin Blakemore had for me regarding the authors and characters I grew up with.

In The Heroine’s Bookshelf, Blakemore focuses on the lives and circumstances of different female authors, from Harper Lee to Louisa May Alcott to Zora Neale Hurston, and tries to help the reader understand the places they were in when they wrote their books. Then she takes on the characters they wrote, the ones that she and so many others admire, and tries to discern how the character relates to the author, and what women can learn from them. It makes for interesting reading, especially if you are very familiar with the book that Blakemore is describing.

I learned a lot from The Heroine’s Bookshelf. There was one author I’d never even heard of, and I vowed to rectify that. I was taught little tidbits I didn’t know about the authors and books I loved – for example, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House series as historical fiction, and not a memoir. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in just a few weeks, for money. Blakemore also reminded me of the joys of rereading old favorites, something I haven’t done nearly as much since I’ve been blogging. This book made me want to pick up books such as The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables and find the delight in them that I did as a child.

The Heroine’s Bookshelf is a wonderful book that I recommend for any female who is an avid reader, regardless of age. For young women, this book may serve as an introduction to different authors and heroines and inspire them to learn what they can from these books. For more experienced readers, this book will be a wonderful reminder of the power of books and is a great tribute to a lifelong love affair with reading.

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Comments

  1. It is always nice to be reminded about what reading and these great characters bring to us. This book makes me want to create a list of books for my daughter to read. Plus, Erin Blakemore has a great site to support the book that people should check out!

  2. It is always nice to be reminded about what reading and these great characters bring to us. This book makes me want to create a list of books for my daughter to read. Plus, Erin Blakemore has a great site to support the book that people should check out!

  3. I have heard so many good things about this book, and I love that it helped you get reacquainted with some of your old favorites and give you new ways to think about them! This was a lovely review of a book that I think I should check out soon. Thanks!

  4. I have heard so many good things about this book, and I love that it helped you get reacquainted with some of your old favorites and give you new ways to think about them! This was a lovely review of a book that I think I should check out soon. Thanks!

  5. I really love this book! Great review!

  6. I really love this book! Great review!

  7. Frankly, I didn’t have much interest in this book until I read your review. Now I’m curious to see what I’ve missed.

  8. Frankly, I didn’t have much interest in this book until I read your review. Now I’m curious to see what I’ve missed.

  9. I definitely had the same reminiscing when I read this book as you – I too loved those heroines as a child. I went out and bought the last two that I hadn’t read, which were the Colette ones (I had been meaning to get them for ages as Eva at A Striped Armchair likes them so much) and The Color Purple. Haven’t read them yet but I will!

  10. I definitely had the same reminiscing when I read this book as you – I too loved those heroines as a child. I went out and bought the last two that I hadn’t read, which were the Colette ones (I had been meaning to get them for ages as Eva at A Striped Armchair likes them so much) and The Color Purple. Haven’t read them yet but I will!

  11. I’m glad to see you liked this one. As a reader, I agree this book really brought back all kinds of wonderful memories.

  12. I’m glad to see you liked this one. As a reader, I agree this book really brought back all kinds of wonderful memories.

  13. I really need to read this one. I didn’t read many of the ‘classics’ as a child, but I think I would appreciate it anyway.

  14. I really need to read this one. I didn’t read many of the ‘classics’ as a child, but I think I would appreciate it anyway.

  15. Thank you for a great review.

  16. Thank you for a great review.

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