Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

I feel like handing out high-fives whenever I find a fellow book nerd in literature.  Being bookish is not my whole identity, but it is a pretty significant chunk of it.  So when I find other book nerds, I always feel like I've found a kindred spirit.  Here are a few of my fictional kindred spirits:

10. Pretty much everyone in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This book is basically a long love note to literature.

9. Liesel in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
How can you not love a girl who channels her rebellion into stealing books?

8. Cath in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is my introverted, nerdy homegirl.  I adore her.

7. Celaena in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I like how Celaena defies the bookish stereotype (athletic, sword wielding, etc.) proving that books are for everyone.

6. Matilda in Matilda by Roald Dahl
I badly wanted to be Matilda from about ages 7-9.  (I know what you're thinking: "until she was 9... riiiiiiight.")

5. Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Proving once again that improving your mind through literature is a worthy endeavor.  Mr. Darcy would agree.

4. Lincoln in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
He reads emails instead of books, but I can still understand his compulsion to read, even though my reading habits are (happily) much less creepy.

3. Tyrion Lannister in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
What Tyrion lacks in physical ability he makes up for in cunning, wit, and intelligence.  That he is so often underestimated is a frequent and grave mistake in the books.

2. Jo March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Though I've always disliked Jo's impulsivity (dodges tomatoes) I do relate to her longing for stories.

1. Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Hermione taught me and a whole generation of others that when you're in doubt, go to the library.  That's still a motto of mine, years later.

Who would you add to this list?


  1. Great minds think alike! Great list! Jo almost made my list as well, but I just couldn't fit her in. I've still never forgiven her for not marrying Laurie!

    1. Agreed! I read somewhere that Alcott wanted Jo to remain single, but received so much backlash from the idea of Jo being an unmarried woman that she made her marry the unpopular choice instead of the obvious Laurie. I would rather she was single, personally, but she and Laurie would have been a formidable couple.

  2. I couldn't come up with enough to do a list today. Hermione and Liesel Meminger were the only ones I could think of. I love your list! :)

    1. Thanks, Jenni! Hermione is such a great character that I feel like she'd be enough even if she were the only character on any list. :)

  3. Excellent list! Hermione is on mine too. And Jo and Elizabeth should've been.

    1. All hail Hermione! She's the ultimate bookish character, I think. Not only does she loves books, it's clear that reading has improved the other areas of her life as well. She doesn't spend all her time day dreaming, but applies her bookish knowledge to her life, to the betterment of all around her.


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