Tuesday, 28 July 2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten characters who are fellow book nerds

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

This week, top ten Tuesday is focusing on ten characters who are fellow book nerds. I found this one much harder than I'd been expecting to - I thought I'd read loads of books with bookish characters, but I just couldn't think of any of them. Somehow, I've pulled ten together at the last moment, so here goes...

10) Mackenzie Bishop from 'The Archived'

This one is kind of cheating, because the Histories aren't technically books, they're dead people. But Mackenzie wants to read them AND she works closely with Librarians - I think this is close enough to count.

9) Ethan's mom from the Beautiful Creatures series

Really, I could have picked any number of the characters from this book series - Ethan himself reads a lot, there are the librarians Liv and Marian, and a huge chunk of this series is set in the library (either human or Caster, take your pick). But I think Ethan's mom is by far the most book nerdy of the characters - she's described as using everything from forks to food as bookmarks, because she can never get her nose out of her books. 

8) Wade Owen Watts from 'Ready Player One'

For the foreseeable future, just expect to see 'Ready Player One' on every list I compile. Wade is a huge book nerd, even if he only focuses on reading 'Anorak's Almanac' and all of the sci-fi/fantasy novels that are referred to throughout it. 

7) Hazel Grace Lancaster from 'The Fault In Our Stars' 

I HATED 'The Fault In Our Stars', but I can't deny that Hazel Grace is one of the biggest book nerds I've ever met. She gets so utterly frustrated by the end of her favourite book that she tells her boyfriend, then they go to find the author at his home in Amsterdam. Sounds kinda creepy when you put it like that, doesn't it?

6) Cassie Sullivan's father from 'The 5th Wave' 

'Books? They're heavy and take up room in my already full backpack. But I have a thing about books. So did my father. Our house was stacked floor to ceiling with every book he could find after the 3rd Wave took out more than 3.5 billion people. While the rest of us scrounged for potable water and food and stocked up on the weaponry for the last stand we were sure was coming, Daddy was out with my little brother's Radio Flyer carting home the books.' 

If aliens are invading the planet and you're still hoarding books, I think that makes you the king of the book nerd clan. However, Cassie's dad isn't in the novel much, so I'm afraid he can't be my number one.

5) Darcy Patel from 'Afterworlds'

I haven't actually read 'Afterworlds' yet, but I've heard so much about it. This book tells the story of a young girl who puts college and her life on hold in an attempt to get her own YA book published. If you're an author, you must be a book nerd!

4) Grace Brisbane from the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy

Grace works in a bookstore, and - if I'm remembering rightly (it's been 'Forever' since I read these books...) - she meets Sam for the first time while she's working, and that's an extremely poignant moment for these books. 

3) Liesel Meminger from 'The Book Thief'

This is another one I haven't had a chance to read yet, but being based in Nazi Germany and focusing on a young girl who gets taught to read by a Jewish man, Liesel becomes the "book thief" that the title refers to. Stealing books is bad, but also book nerds get tempted sometimes. 

2) Cath from 'Fangirl'

Writing Simon Snow fanfic all day long, Cath is the epitome of book nerd.

1) Echo from 'The Girl At Midnight' 

Last but not least, I had to choose Echo. She lives in a freaking library, for god's sake! If that isn't the book nerd dream, I don't know what is (well, apart from getting locked in Waterstones overnight; that would be pretty heavenly too). 

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday! Comment below if you agree with any of my choices, or leave your Top Ten Tuesday's so I can have a look at them. 


  1. What a great list!!! I can't believe I forgot Hazel Grace when making mine :/ You must have an amazing memory to have picked up on that 5th Wave reference! Thanks for sharing :)

    Here’s my list if you want to have a look :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

    1. Haha, thank you! Whenever I think of the book I just imagine her father running round saving all of the books, I don't know why it made such an impact on my mind.

  2. Leisel and Cath both made it on my list as well! Fifth wave is a great choice! I totally did not think of it when I was making my list :) Here is my list if you want to check it out:

    1. I think The Fifth Wave was quite an obscure one - most people focus on the invading aliens and the fight to survive rather than the really small appearance of books! :') I just remember relating to it when I read it, and thinking that I'd probably leave behind any survival supplies just to take my favourite books with me.

  3. How awesome would it be to be locked in a library or a bookstore? Fabulous list! We share a few characters :D.

    1. It would be so good! I work at a library, and the temptation to stay in there overnight is overwhelming - I can't, because the burglar alarms would go crazy, but it's still the dream.

  4. You hated TFIOS? Gasp! I've never meant anyone who's hated it. Hazel is a huge book nerd, though. Liesel as well. I almost included her on my list, but didn't since I'd already reached ten. I struggled to remember those ten, though. This turned out to be a harder topic than I thought it would be.

    Happy TTT!

    1. I did indeed hate it. I'm not quite sure why; I think I got my expectations set way too high because of all the hype I saw surrounding it, so I was really disappointed. Also, I love 'Looking For Alaska' so much (one of my favourite books of all time) and some of the themes and quotes were copied, so that made me really angry!
      I really struggled with this one as well. I saw the topic and thought "pssh, easy peasy", scribbled down five or six characters and then had a mini meltdown - got there in the end though :)