Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Today's Topic: Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

It was interesting to go back through my Goodreads lists and realize just how much I enjoy books about reading and about readers. While I could list WAY more than ten - here are my top 5 YA and top 5 Adult books featuring characters who love stories and books. 

 Young Adult Picks:


 A favorite of mine as a child, I loved Sara Crewe's stories and resilience.
“Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."

2. Hermione (Harry Potter)
Hermione Granger was one of those rare reader characters who actually spends a significant amount of the story really reading. She's gone for hours in the Hogwart's library to emerge ready to save the day.
"When in doubt, go to the library."

3. Despereaux (A Tale of Despereaux)
Poor little Despereaux! I can completely relate to getting so immersed in a story that it infiltrates your dreams.
“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark."

4. Amanda (Maniac Magee)
A favorite of our class when I taught 6th grade, Amanda Beale loved her books so much she dragged them to school in a suitcase so her little brother and sister wouldn't wreck them. 
“Amanda took the torn page from Maniac. To her, it was the broken wing of a bird, a pet out in the rain.”  

5. Liesel (The Book Thief)
My dear, sweet Liesel.... this child worked her way so much into my heart that I tear up a little now thinking of how she painstakingly learned to read through that first awful book. I've experienced this book twice - once reading and once as an audio - and I'll never hear accordion music without feeling a pang for Liesel's Papa.
"Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” 

Adult Picks:

6. Marianne & Elinor (Sense & Sensibility)
I love that sisters Elinor & Marianne have such a rich reading life that Marianne's most stinging criticism about Elinor's potential suitor is that he reads aloud horribly.
"Oh! mama, now spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely... To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!"

This entire book is populated with thoughtful readers - both those long-time readers like Juliet, and those forced (at first) into reading by the need to make true their alibi during the war.
“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.” 

8. Queen Elizabeth (The Uncommon Reader
This funny novella features a chance encounter between Queen Elizabeth II and a mobile library that leads to her sudden and deep passion for reading for pleasure.
“Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.” 

9. Margaret (The Thirteenth Tale)
The insightful and poetic commentary on reading and writing in this book make it one of my favorites despite the way the plot seems to get warped at the end.
“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.” 
While 99% of these fun vampire & werewolf & witch & shapeshifter & fairy novels are all about the paranormal, I love how the main character pines for a simple day of basking in the sun with a romance novel.
“They say there's no harm in daydreaming, but there is.” 

What do you think?  What are your favorite books featuring book nerds?

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  1. I completely forgot Queen Elizabeth and the Uncommon Reader. She has to win for a unique character.

    Here is my list: http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/ttt-literary-characters-who-love-books.html

  2. Great list! I need to add some of these to my tbr list!

  3. Great list! Hermione Granger made my list too. Here's my <a href="http://bookishginger.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-ten-tuesday_28.html>TTT</a>. Happy reading!

  4. Great list! I forgot about Sara!


    My TTT

  5. Oooh, both Hermione and Juliet were on my list for this one too :-)


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