Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!
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This week’s topic is:
FELLOW BOOK NERDS
These are characters who love reading, work in bookstores, are authors or have an affinity with the literary.
In no particular order, here are my favourite book loving characters!
10. TYRION LANNISTER & SAMWELL TARLEY FROM A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE – GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Over the course of the series, both Tyrion and Sam have mentioned their love of books. For Tyrion, his mind and his wits are the only thing that keep him alive and he refers to books as whetstones to keep his mind sharp. Sam on the other hand spends the majority of his time in the Nights Watch’s library. His love of reading has led to him making discoveries that would later save his life. In the world of ASOIAF, knowledge is important but not everyone pursues it.
9. KELSEA & FATHER TYLER FROM QUEEN OF THE TEARLING TRILOGY – ERIKA JOHANSEN
Queen Kelsea and Father Tyler bond over their love of books and reading. In the kingdom of Tear not many books from before the crossing exist and their is no printing press, meaning it is very difficult to make copies of books. Kelsea and Tyler work towards bringing literacy into the Kingdom and spend a lot of time fangirling together. Because of this, they have one of my favourite relationships in the series
8. ISAAC VAINIO FROM LIBRIOMANCER – JIM C. HINES
Isaac is a Libriomancer, meaning he can pull people and things from books. He is a member of a large organization who try and use their powers for good and stop others from taking advantage of them. Isaac loves his books and has taken full advantage of pulling things from his favourite stories… because who wouldn’t if they were in his place?
7. CATH FOR FANGIRL – RAINBOW ROWELL
In Fangirl, Cath is obsessed with the Simon Snow books. Her love for the series doesn’t end at having posters, re-reading the books and discussing them online… Cath is the author of a super popular fan fic. Fangirl, tells the story of Cath’s life as a first year university student, navigating the new social circles while keeping her academic life and online life balanced. Check out our review of the book here.
6. HERMIONE GRANGER FROM HARRY POTTER – J.K. ROWLING
Hermione will probably appear on a majority of these lists. As a kid I idolized her. She was book smart, she wanted to do well at school and she was a rule follower. I related to her immensely. There are pictures of me dressed up as Hermione for Halloween, poofy hair and everything.
5. BILBO BAGGINS FROM THE HOBBIT/THE LORD OF THE RINGS – J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Middle Earth is obsessed with stories. Whether that be through spoken word, songs or books the characters are always bringing them to attention of the reader. When Frodo meets up with Bilbo again in Rivendell, the old hobbit is constantly talking about the process of writing his adventures and his eventual plan of writing out Frodo’s.
4. DARCY FROM AFTERWORLDS – SCOTT WESTERFELD
In Afterworld, Darcy puts her life on hold to finish her NaNoWriMo novel for publishing. She moves to New York City, hangs out with other authors and well… lives my dream life. Afterworlds is a love letter to the YA community both writers and readers alike.
3. MEGGIE FROM INKHEART – CORNELIA FUNKE
I read Inkheart when I was younger. I preferred Cornelia Funke’s other novel The Thief Lord but that being said… who wouldn’t love to have Meggie’s powers? Meggie and her father can reach into books and pull characters and things out of them (similar to what was discussed before in Libriomancer. The story gets more intense and complicated in the second book, where instead of pulling things out of the book, Meggie manages to put herself inside the story.
2. TESSA GREY & WILL HERONDALE FROM THE INFERNAL DEVICES– CASSANDRA CLARE
Books play a really important role in Will and Tessa’s relationship throughout the series. Both characters are avid readers and bond over their shared love of certain novels. Thanks to Chelsey for recommending this one to me!
1. MATILDA FROM MATILDA – ROALD DAHL
When I was a little kid I wanted to be Matilda. I read everything that I could get my hands on… maybe that was partly spurred on by the hope that I would develop super powers. I’m still working on that one.
So there you have it. My top ten favourite books I read in 2017. At the time of writing this there is still half of the month of December to go. I might read something else and this entire list will become invalid. Who knows?
Till then and till next Tuesday, Happy Reading!