This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted, as always, by The Broke and the Bookish) is about fictional book nerds. I had a surprisingly hard time piecing together a list of fellow bookworms, but I finally managed to make it to ten. Let’s start with the three obvious ones…
1. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl: So book nerdy that she developed powers. She’s an inspiration to bookworms everywhere.
2. Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling: She read Hogwarts, A History. Her inclusion on this list is a no-brainer.
3. Liesel from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: The last from my Bookish Girls Trifecta (First mentioned in this post). I adore Liesel, who finds such strength in words and knowledge.
4. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: She’s really only on this list because I read this book last month and this list was too Marchetta-heavy, as per usual. While I thought Celaena’s list of hobbies and interests was a little too long (she’s a trained killer and she reads and she loves clothes and she plays the piano), her love of books got her a place on this list.
5. The Queen of Lumatere from The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: I almost put my baby Finnikin on this list, thanks to his Book of Lumatere, but I had to go with the Queen because of her defense of their language. There’s a part where the Queen says the Lumateran exiles will lose their identity if they stop speaking their mother tongue. Anyone who acknowledges the power of words like that deserves to be on a list of book lovers.
6. Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Ah, the most awkward of the Bennet sisters. While she may love to read, Mary’s a bit of a parrot, always more comfortable quoting something than coming up with her own opinion (“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but did not know how”).
7 & 8. The Dashwood Sisters from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: I would argue that they’re both bookish in their own way. I may be projecting when I say that Elinor probably liked to read, but everybody knows about Marianne’s love for romantic poetry.
9 & 10. Lirah of Serker and Gargarin of Abroi from The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: The ultimate bookish couple. They fell in love when he taught her how to read. She recited poetry to seduce him. This is not a drill.
My suggestions for this week were a bit of a stretch at times. I thought this would be such an easy topic! Did I miss any book lovers that should have been on my list? I’m sure there are a couple obvious ones that have slipped my mind.