Kathryn Bashaar's Reviews > The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore
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In this book, the author takes up twelve books that she feels contain inspiring heroines, and draws parallels between the struggles that the fictional heroine and her creator faced. She also points out lessons that each heroine's and creator's life offers to a reader. It was very nicely done. Each chapter was themed to a particular virtue, and I especially liked how she started with Self and closed with Magic. That felt right. None of the other virtues will really take hold if you don't have a firm sense of your self and your right to live in this world. And, ultimately, even after we've acquired all the other virtues, we all need a touch of magic in our lives.
All of the books she chose would be readable by an intelligent teenager, and some of them are books that are read by girls in middle school or younger. I've always been of the opinion that the books we read have the power to shape our character. One of the books Blakemore discusses, Jane Eyre, had a powerful influence on me
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May 5, 2015 – Shelved
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