I’ve been planning to do a Top 10 Tuesday post for ages – I love lists and more than lists I love bookish lists (more than bookish lists I think I love shopping lists I have the cash to cover, but this is really a useless observation, since those lists tend to get longer and the cash – to run out. I did study me some microeconomics back at college, so wisely heading back to the lists I can handle>>>).
The Top 10 is hosted as usual by Lauren and Julia at The Broke and the Bookish and the topic is ‘Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds’ (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.), which is like listing your fictional bffs.
I have a soft spot for characters, who love books, because as a kid I needed this type of role models to tell me I was not totes cray cray for liking to hang in the library. Actually, Matilda and Anne Shirley must have instilled quite a lot confidence in me, because soon enough I was dragging the other kids along. It was one noisy library.
Without further ado, from most to least favorite:
1. Tyrion Lannister – ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’
because he made reading sound so badass with that one quote.
“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.”
2. Hermione – ‘Harry Potter’
because she finally smashed the stereotype and made smart, bookish girls cool
“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
“What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
3. Ifemelu – ‘Americanah’
because she makes a difference. (falls in the ‘are writers’ group)
“Why did people ask “What is it about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing.”
4. Anne Shirley – ‘Anne of Green Gables’
because she reads to feed her imagination, but in the end it’s her imagination that shines
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
5. Jo March – ‘Little Women’
although I can’t remember if I ever finished the book or just made it half-way.
For me Jo March is Winona Ryder and one of my favorite heroines ever. When I write and it feels unimportant or too made-up I remember Winona Ryder and how she wrote a whole novel about poisoning and what not before figuring out she should write what she knows.
She taught me a lot.
“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle–something heroic, or wonderful–that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.”
6. Elizabeth Bennet – ‘Pride and Prejudice’
because she does not care for labels.
I admit I don’t remember Lizzy being a book nerd, but she did like reading, didn’t she? And with her sharp tongue and quick mind, she must have. In any case, her disregard of Miss Bingley and Mr. Darcy’s view of the accomplished woman is classic.
“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
“I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”
7. Matilda – ‘Matilda’
because she is a charming overachiever
“I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”
and because she knows what it’s like to search for a kindred soul
“Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
8. Cassandra Mortmain – ‘I Capture The Castle’
because her religiously kept journal reminds me of mine, years ago.
‘I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness.’
9. Paul Sheldon – ‘Misery’
whose being a writer determines his fate and his arc.
Although I should probably add Annie Wilkes here – after all she is the actual book nerd in the picture, isn’t she.
“I am your number one fan.”
10. Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey
because she lets her passion for books spill into real life. Don’t we all?
“Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.”
Do you agree with my list? Whom would you add? I know I am missing a dozen or so! Let me know in the comments (or share a link to your top 10).
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