Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rosie's Riveters: Velvet & Katie Rose

Rosie the Riveter
Note:  Rosie is posting early this week because of the holidays. 

Rosie's Riveters is a weekly posting written by Booklust readers about riveting females in literature. Many readers have strong reactions to the women in the books they read- either very positive or very negative. These are the characters we find riveting, for good reasons or bad ones, and they form the population of Rosie's Riveters. Through this weekly post, we can discuss females we love to hate, or love to love. And maybe, just maybe- we can determine why we react so strongly to them.

I am no longer accepting people to participate in the Rosie's Riveters series.  The participants I currently have on the list will all have their chance to share their favorite or most hated woman, and then we shall start the new With Reverent Hands series on this blog.  More details on With Reverent Hands can be found in my Sunday Salon post here.

This week's post is by Velvet, who blogs at vvb32 reads.  Velvet's blog has a really fun "Steampunk Weekly" feature in which she has pictures of really cool Steampunk-ish inventions.  She also reviews a lot of steampunk on her blog and was the host of the Pemberley Ball this past October.  Velvet is a newer blogger to me, but I'm so glad I have gotten to know her these past months.  Here she is with her Riveter:
Who is your Riveter?
Kathleen Rose Bedford aka Katie Rose

What book does she feature in?

Don't Call Me Katie Rose by Lenora Mattingly Weber
Don't Call Me Katie Rose
Do you love her or hate her?

Love Love Love

Describe her personality- how would you describe her to a friend?

Katie Rose is the sweet innocent girl of the past that starts out as an awkward teen and transitions into a graceful gal in this vintage YA classic.

Katie Rose was the first book character to capture me into the wonderful world of reading at age 13.

Can you compare her to a celebrity?

Nope, because current celebrities aren't portrayed as innocent these days.

What makes her riveting?

Katie Rose's fresh innocence and beauty is what draws me.

What do you most admire/despise about her?

I admired Katie Rose's ability to overcome her worries and fears and to "do the right thing" when the time came.

Would you recommend reading the book in which the Riveter features?

Yes, please do. In fact, read the whole series to get a complete picture of the character's growth. A hip hip hooray for vintage YA!

Do you have a quote by or about your Riveter that you'd like to share?

It surprised her to realize that you could feel "understanding and charity" for someone you didn't like. (page 240 of paperback)

Here's a link to my recent book review.


  1. Never heard of her, but it doe sound like some good vintage YA and something I would have loved to read

  2. Aarti ~ found you through Bellezza, and left a comment there.

    I'm so tickled by this post, and will show it to my mom. She's 91 now, and was an actual Rosie the Riveter during WWII - she worked on airplanes in Rock Island, Illinois.

    I know she'll enjoy seeing this, and knowing Rosie's heritage still lives!

  3. This looks like a perfect set of books for my daughter. There don't seem to be many positive role models out there in the YA book world right now...Bella, I'm looking at you!!

  4. zibilee - this will be up your ally as it is good clean fun.

  5. Hi, I just stummbled upon your blog. I'm new to the book blog world. Turns out I'm also a 20 something Chicagoan who LOVES to read. I look forward to reading more of your blog soon!


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