Top Ten Tuesday: Book lovers unite! Top ten characters who NEED to READ.


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is about characters who are book nerds, book worms, book lovers… you know, people like us!

My top 10, with links for the ones I’ve reviewed here at Bookshelf Fantasies:

1) Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey: Sure, her tendency to get swept up in gothic novels leads to trouble (like suspecting her crush’s dad of dastardly deeds)… Still, she’s responsible for one of Jane Austen’s most quoted booklover lines:

NA quote

2) Tyrion Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire: Tyrion credits at least a portion of his survival to wits gained through reading. “Sleep is good. And books are better.”

Wit & Wisdom

3) Jo March (and her sisters), Little Women: Is there anything better than the March sisters acting out the stories they read, or Jo’s own writing efforts? (Until Amy burns her stories. Curse you, Amy!)

Little Women

4) Leisel Meminger, The Book Thief: Does this even need explanation?

Book Thief

5) Mori Phelps, Among Others: A girl whose life revolves around interlibrary loans, and who has read pretty much every work of science fiction, ever. I love the fact that this book has its very own book list (put together by fans, I believe) of every book mentioned in the course of the story. See an assortment of bibliography links here on Jo Walton’s website.

Among Others

And some love for the bookstore owners (and workers):

6) A. J. Fikry, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A man whose entire life can be explained by the books he loves — and whose bookstore is everything I would want in my own bookstore. (review)


7) Chloe Sinclair, The Book of Secrets: Bookstore owner, with a secret past in which book-related clues hold the key to everything. (review)

book of secrets

8) June Andersen, Goodnight June: Owner of a children’s bookstore with a secret connection to Margaret Wise Brown. (review)

Goodnight June

9) Maggie Duprès, The Moment of Everything: More bookstores! Gotta love a character who turns from a high-tech job to running a dusty used book store. (review)

moment everything

10) Jane True, the Jane True series: Jane works in a bookstore with the fabulous name Read It and Weep, and when she’s not learning about her supernatural gifts, she’s busy selling books to the peculiar characters in her small Maine town.


What books about booklovers are on your list this week?

Share your link, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book lovers unite! Top ten characters who NEED to READ.

    • I think I need to re-read Among Others. It’s weird and intense and very wonderful. I definitely forgot a couple of characters when I did this list — I’d jotted down notes over the weekend, and then lost them! Oh well…

    • I know, it’s funny seeing Hermione everywhere today! I thought about her, but only had room for 10. 🙂 Plus, does Hermione ever read novels? I’m biased toward fiction readers, I guess!

    • Oh, you have to check out Little Women! I read it as a kid (stole the book from my big sister), then in a college course, and have read it at least once since. The Book Thief really is amazing. I was excited to find out that it’s on the syllabus for English classes in our local middle schools!

  1. Mori Phelps! I totally forgot about her, Among Others was such a great book. And of course Liesel and The Book Thief…Strangely enough I forgot about Tyrion, haha :3 I think it’s been so long since the events of the first book, I forgot that he spent a good part of the first novel reading and talking about the things he learned in books xD Great list!

    My TTT

    • Thanks so much! I actually had a slightly different version of the list, and then walked around my bookshelves last night and saw Among Others — just had to include Mori!

    • Thanks for stopping by! This is why I have so much fun with TTT lists — I get so many good ideas from seeing everyone else’s posts. No wonder my TBR list is out of control!

  2. I picked up Tempest Rising from a charity shop ages ago – years, maybe – and still haven’t got round to reading it. You’ve made me want to pick it up now 🙂

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