I love Top Ten Tuesday, especially when the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish provide us with a really fun topic to ponder. This week's certainly fits the bill: Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. It was actually harder than I thought it would be to come up with ten, but I managed!
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Okay, on to the list. I predict that my first five choices are going to be making lots of appearances today. Maybe the last half will be more unique? We'll see. As always, I would love to take a look at your list. Leave me a comment and I'll be more than happy to return the favor.
Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds:
1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling)—No surprise here! Hermione is an unabashed bookworm, and thank goodness for that. How many times does she save herself, her friends, and the world at large because of something she read in a book?
2. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee)—Lee's new book expands the character of Scout's dad quite a bit, which is causing a stir among Mockingbird fans. Whatever your opinion of him now, one thing is for certain: Atticus loves to read. He teaches his children the importance of reading, although his choice of bedtime story material concerns Scout's schoolteacher just a tad ...
3, Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery)—Anne's very active imagination is fueled, in part, by her love of the written word. Not only does she love to read a good story, but she writes her own as well.
4. Jo March (Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott)—In the very first mention of Jo, she's pegged as a bookworm. She also writes the plays she and her sisters act out.
5. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl)—Is there any fictional young lady who loves to read more than Matilda? Probably not.
6. A.J. Fikry (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin)—This bookstore owner loves books, even though they fail to give him as much comfort as they did before the death of his wife. I love his philosophy that "You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to this question, What is your favorite book?"
7. Madeline Whittier (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon)—Madeline is allergic to just about everything, so she spends all her time inside her sterile home. She has to order books to be delivered there in special, germ-free packaging. Since she can't be around other people, the stories keep her company. Madeline also gets extra coolness points for being a book blogger :)
8. Simon Watson (The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler)—Simon Watson is a young librarian living on the Long Island Sound in a house that is slowly crumbling into the sea. He adores books, of course. It's the unexpected arrival of a very special one that changes everything he thought he know about his family, his world, and himself.
9. Jess Brightwell (Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine)—Jess lives in a world where it is illegal for a person to own an original copy of a book. Although he spends his childhood "running" volumes to wealthy buyers for his father's black market business, books mean more than just money to Jess. So great is his reverence for the written word that Jess's father accuses him of having ink for blood.
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10. Brick Heck (The Middle t.v. series, played to perfection by Atticus Shaffer)—Okay, this one is a cheat since it's from tv, not literature, but I think my favorite fictional bookworm of all time is probably Brick. With no social skills at all, he has no reservations whatsoever about keeping his nose pressed into a book 24/7.
So, there you have it, ten fictional bookworms. Who did you choose for your list? Do we have any in common? I can't wait to hop around and find out.
Happy Top Ten Tuesday!
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