Top Ten Tuesday: Book Nerds

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Top Ten Tuesday is a hugely popular weekly meme hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish. Go check out the crazy number of other bloggers joining in the fun! :) I sometimes participate in this wonderful list-making (you know me, I can hardly resist making new lists!) and this week’s topic seems perfect: we’re looking for characters who are our fellow BOOK NERDS! 

  1. uprooted-naomi-novikHermione Granger. Hello, the most obvious choice of the week! Hermione has never met a book she didn’t like or want to read and I definitely admire her bookish habits. She might have bitten off more than she could chew in Prisoner of Azkaban, but otherwise she’s always on top of things (and top of her class) and I firmly believe Harry would have been lost without her.
  2. The Dragon (Sarkan) from Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. He owns a massive library of magical texts and has probably read them all, likes his magic (and clothes and food and everything) just so, and is profoundly annoyed with Agnieszka’s lack of organisation, learning and obedience. <3
  3. Rory Gilmore. OK SO I’M CHEATING but this is my list and I can do whatever I want. I’m currently watching The Gilmore Girls for the first time ever and I’m loving this show despite the fact that I miss about a half of the cultural references. *sigh*
  4. matilda-roald-dahlCelaena Sardothien from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I’m predicting she’ll be one of the most popular choices this week. She reads a LOT, thinks the royal library is the best place she’s ever seen and has witty conversations about books with one charming prince.
  5. Matilda. My second-most-obvious choice this week. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors when I was a kid and re-reading his books as an adult has only confirmed that he was an absolutely brilliant writer. My favourite novel is The Witches, though!
  6. Liesl from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Ah, this book broke my heart. It’s amazingly well written and I loved it though the subject is pretty heavy. It’s also narrated by Death if I remember correctly?
  7. Samwell Tarly from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. He was always stuck in a book and refused to learn swordfighting so his father, ashamed of such a son, packed him off to the Night’s Watch, where he now keeps the company of murderers and rapists. That’s great parenting for you… Ugh.
  8. looking-for-alaska-john-greenAlaska Young from John Green’s Looking for Alaska. She’s got a room full of battered paperbacks that she fully intends to read and Miles, the boy who collects famous last words, falls for her hard.
  9. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Their mutual love of books… did in no way guarantee that their relationship would get off to a good start. In fact, Darcy’s insistence that a woman should be well-educated and well-read to be considered worth noticing gets on Elizabeth’s nerves. But they’re both very fond of books (and walking).
  10. Emma Bovary from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Oh, another classic. I read this one twice and I liked it a lot despite the fact that Emma isn’t really a likeable character. But then she’s not meant to be. Her love of reading sentimental romances gets her into a world of trouble because she fancies herself to be a heroine in one of them, has an affair (or two) and generally ruins her own life. That’s what boredom will do to a person! Yikes.


Which lover of books would you add to my list? 

Do you like reading about characters who share your interests (like books) or do you prefer people that are completely different from you?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

  • Great list! I can’t believe I forgot about Liesel! Hermione and Matilda have both made my list this week too, and The Dragon’s a great choice. :)

    • Thanks, Jess! :) I think I would have forgotten Liesel as well, but my husband suggested it – he liked the book, too.

  • Great list. I totally forgot about Sarkan & Samwell Tarly – awesome picks! x

    • Thanks! :) I had to include some men, otherwise it would look like only female characters read!

  • Ashley Steiner

    Great list! I completely forgot about Matilda. Sam! What a great character and pick for this week. I haven’t heard about Uprooted, so I might have to check that out! Btw, I love the design of your blog. It’s super cute!

    • Thanks, I changed the design in April and I’m still very glad I did! :)
      Ooh, you should definitely check out Uprooted, it’s probably the best book I’ve read this year (or at least one of the top 3, no doubt). I reviewed it, too.
      Sam is such a sweetie, I love his story.

  • Haha. Totally Rory Gilmore. If anyone deserves to be on this list it’s Rory. And I cannot believe I left off Matilda! She’s one of my favorite characters ever.

    • Matilda is the best, I adored her when I was a kid. Not that I had a similar situation at home or anything (my parents are great!) but she was so strong and resourceful!
      Rory Gilmore is a wonderful character, I’m loving the series! :)

  • I love that your list included a character from ASoIaF that wasn’t Tyrion. I totally forgot about the series as I was putting together my list this week…along with Liesel :3 Great list!

    My TTT

    • Oops, I forgot about the fact that Tyrion read a lot! But you’re right, of course. It’s just that I keep picturing Sam with all those old scrolls, helping Maester Aemon and all! :)
      Thanks for stopping by, Lianne!

  • I had a feeling Celaena would show up on some lists this week. I remember actually getting annoyed at one point at how much she was reading! Like, you’re a damned assassin, girl, stop spending so much time with your nose in a book and go out to stab some bad people please. XD


    • Oh, yes. She also shopped for clothes, wrote coy messages to one dark-haired prince and spent her time lounging on her bed, eating candy. I get it, she spent a year in a freaking mine, but hello, people are trying to murder you, get a move on! She got better about that in Book 3, though! :)

  • Library! Okay, I gotta get on with Uprooted. *grin*

    • Yes, you should! :) I hope you’ll like it!

  • Samwell! Excellent choice there! I’ve seen Tyrion appear on a few lists as well. Lots of great choices here. I’ve been bumping into The Book Thief a great deal as well. I *really* need to read that book.

    • I completely forgot about Tyrion’s reading habit. I know he was always dreaming about dragons and all but I kept picturing Sam surrounded by all those scrolls and helping Aemon.
      Ahh, The Book Thief is *really good*. It will also probably rip your heart out and stomp on it and return it in a very shabby state, so you’ve been warned…

  • I love when a character is a bookworm or mentions a bookish hobby. I always wonder if a writer puts those characters in because the story needs them, or if it’s just because they love reading so much too and want there to be that type of character.

    • Heh, judging by the sheer number of choices I’ve seen on these lists this week, lots of authors opt for bookish characters! I like it when their reading isn’t just a hobby, though, like when the fact that they’ve read a lot helps them solve some problems or get a job or something (like with Sam Tarly and Hermione Granger). With a lot of these – like Celaena, I don’t know if you’ve read this Throne of Glass series? – it’s just something to make a character more “colourful” and it doesn’t really serve a purpose. But hey, more positive role models, right? :)

  • Maraia

    A character who loves to read isn’t a requirement for me, but characters who specifically DON’T like to read is a huge pet peeve. I always think it’s weird when an author promotes book-hating. Seems a bit counterproductive, don’t you think?

    I know you haven’t read Fangirl yet, but since Cath comes second only to Hermione in terms of book-love, I think you should bump it up your list. ;)

    • I agree, characters who dislike reading are weird – not that they aren’t realistic, though, there’s plenty of people out there who never read a book outside school, which is just sad but there you have it.

      I KNOW, I even found it at a library my mother-in-law goes to so I have to ask her to borrow it for me but I keep forgetting.

      • Maraia

        Hah, there are plenty of people who haven’t even read a book IN school.

        Fangirl is the worst book ever. It’s boring and I think you’ll hate it. (Did I lower your expectations enough to actually enjoy it? :P)

  • If I hadn’t had so much trouble with Blogger last night, I think more would’ve shown up on my list. Oh well. Great list you have here. It’s amazing how many I forgot for my TTT. Especially since I adore The Book Thief.

    • Thanks, Beth! I loved The Book Thief, too, it’s such a heartbreaking (and yet heartwarming) story.

  • Ooh, I didn’t think of the Dragon but you are absolutely right! And I need to read The Book Thief. Hermione made my list, of course. What a great list!

    • Thanks! :) The Dragon was one of my favourite characters this year so I naturally thought of him ;) Such a grumpy, hard-shelled man.

  • Kaitlyn

    I love your list! I can’t wait to read Uprooted and now I want to read it even more now that I know there is a fellow bookworm in it!

  • SARKAN! Oh Sarkan, you are the worst. And the best. Take me to your library now, please and thank you. Ohhhh my goodness, have you seen that list of all the books Rory is seen reading in the series? I think it’s more than 300. At one point I tried to read through them all but got stalled at Infinite Jest ( Liesl is of course wonderful as well. Epic list this week, Kaja!

    • I’d burrow in Sarkan’s library and never come out. Except to talk to the guy, of course – apart from being adorably emotionally stunted, he’s been alive for a hundred years and is surely (SURELY?) a great conversationalist… no?

      I haven’t seen the Rory list but I’m afraid of ever getting my hands on it. She keeps reading really obscure titles, though, so it doesn’t appeal that much (it might if I was trying to get into Harvard!) But now she’s going to Yale! :o

  • Hermione and Celaena were automatic picks for me too, I love them both to death ♥ I actually *just* started Uprooted so I can’t wait to learn more :D I still need to read The Book Thief and Looking for Alaska though. Oh and I love how you included Elizabeth and Darcy :) xx

    • Ahh, I hope you’ll like Uprooted, I can’t wait for your review.
      Yeah, Elizabeth and Darcy are STILL one of my favourite fictional couples. Austen can do no wrong! :)