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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: When Minor Characters Are Majorly Lovable

You may have seen my post on Saturday commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bloggin' 'bout Books' creation.  Celebrating that milestone has made me feel super old, let me tell you!  You know how they say the memory is the first thing to go as you age?  Apparently that's true because I just wrote a whole post on the first ten books I reviewed on this blog.  As I was adding pictures of the books I read 15 years ago, I was shocked to see that I already had photos of all of them saved in my computer.  Weird!  I was minutes away from clicking the "Publish" button on my post when the déjà vu really kicked in.  A quick search of BBB revealed that I had written a post on the exact same subject only two short years ago!  Oh, boy.  I think it's just that kind of day—the Mondayest Monday I've ever Mondayed, except that it's Tuesday!  How's your day going?

Since I did a Top Ten Tuesday list about secondary/minor characters not that long ago (well, 2013), I wasn't going to repeat the topic.  Now that I'm out of other ideas, though?  I'm going to go ahead and stick to today's prompt.  Hopefully, I can come up with ten.

Before we get to that, though, two things: (1)  Be sure you go to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our TTT host some love.  If you want to hop on the TTT party train (and you do!), you can get all the details there.  (2)  I mentioned my blogiversary above.  To thank all my readers for being so loyal and awesome, I'm hosting a giveaway for one book of your choice (up to a $20 value) from Book Depository.  The store delivers worldwide, so the contest is open to international readers as well as those in the U.S.  Yay!  The giveaway will close on August 21.  Right now, there are very low entries, which means a greater chance of winning.  Definitely take a few minutes to enter to win a book on me.  All the info is in this post.

Top Ten Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

1.  Molly Weasley (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—Since there are so many fun side characters in the HP series, I could do an entire list of favorites just from those books.  I featured several in my last list, so I'll just do Molly this time around.  She's such a warm, bubbly, caring character that it's impossible not to love her.  My sister adores her so much she named her Beagle puppy after Molly!

2.  Skinny Slidell (from the Tempe Brennan series by Kathy Reichs)—Good ole Skinny is no one's favorite detective, except maybe mine.  He's a grumpy slob, but he's also hilarious and loyal.  I missed him in The Bone Code, the newest installment of the series.

3.  Ruth Zardo (from the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny)—A mad, foul-mouthed poet who talks to ducks, Ruth is impossible not to like.  At least in fiction.

4.  Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)—I love lots of characters from this novel—my favorite book of all time—but calm, wise, level-headed Atticus is my favorite, after his daughter Scout.

5.  James Laurence (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)—Although he may appear to be a crochety old man, Mr. Laurence has a heart of gold.  He's generous, protective, and kind, a true friend to the March Family. 

 6.  Mrs. Bennett (from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)—What's not to love?  She's hilarious!

7.  Juliet Brody (from the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower)—I guess I just find loud, demonstrative, busybody mothers funny because here's another one.  Juliet wears outrageous outfits that are perfectly matched with those of her pot-bellied pig while she bustles about bossing people around and matchmaking.  

8.  Josh Derwent (from the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey)—Detective Derwent is another gruff, no-nonsense cop who's really just a softie underneath.  

9.  Lavender Lewis (from Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery)—This imaginative, whimsical woman is a perfect kindred spirit for Anne.  Her antics make me laugh.

10.  Albus Dumbledore (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—I'm running out of ideas, so back to HP.  Professor Dumbledore is wise, patient, kind, and powerful (but in a humble way).       

There you go, ten secondary/minor characters who I love to read about.  Who are your favorites?  Which do you think deserve more love?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.  

Happy TTT!

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