Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Review: The Heroine's Bookshelf

What do Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Scout Finch have in common?  All of them are amazing literary heroines written by equally amazing female authors.  The Heroine's Bookshelf profiles each of these characters and their authors, along with several others, in a series of essays celebrating the qualities that make them heroines such as happiness, fight, faith, etc.

It's not a deep, academic dissection of character, but the essays are still insightful and well thought out.  They're also accessible to every reader, not just the literature scholar.  And the fact that they are so easy to read may encourage more timid readers to pick up a classic that may have intimidated them before.

Entertainment Value
Again, I think the key here is how accessible the essays are.  They're the perfect length for reading one at a time, but they're so interesting that it's also easy to sit down and devour the whole book (which I did).  I think it helped that I had read most of the books that were discussed (I haven't read Gone With the Wind or the Colette books), but I was also really motivated to reread some of them and to pick up the ones I haven't experienced before.

I recommend it for anyone who loves books or is interested in the lives of women authors.  I also think this would make a really great book for graduates or teens who are into literature and looking to learn a little bit more about what it takes to be a heroine.

Thank you to TLC for sending me a copy to review.
You can see the full schedule with the other reviewing blogs by clicking here.
You can also click here to get an idea of what the book contains at the author's website


  1. This one is high up on my wish list. I can't wait to read it!

  2. I love that this would appeal to people who haven't read the books discussed as well as to people who have read the books discussed! I think balancing that kind of thing can be tricky, so I like that the author pulled it off.

    I know if I read this book I'd be adding books to my TBR list like crazy. Thanks for being on the tour!

  3. I really want to read this book! I keep seeing it everywhere.