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There’s a new topic every Wednesday, and you then list your Top 5 books related to the particular topic.
today’s topic is: Favourite Teachers and Mentors
This week’s topic ‘Favourite Teachers and Mentors’ is so much harder to compile than I thought it would be! Could it be the type of books I tend to favour and read? In other words, books heavy on the angst?? Low on good feels? Perhaps. It’s something to ponder…
1. Chade Fallstar – Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
Chade is a lot of different things to the protagonist of this series but first and foremost he was Fitz’s teacher and mentor. Fitz is mentored through the art of poisons and assassination by Chade. In spite of this, Chade is the GOOD teacher!
I have always held a soft spot for Chade in my heart. I would practically tear up every time he called Fitz ‘my boy’. 😢
2. Valek – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I normally hate the ‘student-teacher’ trope but the relationship between Valek and Yelena is one rare occasion where it works for me. By the same token, it genuinely felt like a relationship between equals which is probably why I can get on board with it (I am so not a fan of power imbalances usually).
However, I’m not sure what it says about me that two of my favourite mentors / teachers are assassins? With this in mind, one can conclude my idea of a positive mentor is a little bit whacked!
3. Gandalf the Grey – The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I couldn’t not have Gandalf on my list for best teachers and mentors. Bilbo and Frodo both benefit from his wisdom and experience – even if being around him does tend to get them caught up in all those pesky adventures!
4. Muriel Stacy – Anne of Green Gables by by L.M. Montgomery
Who wouldn’t want a teacher like Miss Stacy? One who encourages your creative ability and inspires their students to look for new horizons and not simply accept the status quo. to put it another way, Miss Stacy is a teacher way ahead of her time and an inspiration.
5. David Powlett-Jones – To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
I was so in love with this amazing book when I was growing up and moreover I can say with absolute certainty that it is definitely one of the best teachers stories ever! It is the most wonderful story and I cannot emphasize enough how rare it is to find such a great mentor and teacher as David Powlett-Jones.
To put it another way, I always loved boarding school stories (lifelong Enid Blyton fan and Chalet School school lover here) and this is one of the very best. Wouldn’t I have loved a teacher like ‘Pow-Wow’. 😉