Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. I tend to go for “books about books” so I like this week’s topic: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) I think I’m an easy sell for books set in a bookstore or library, and I had fun thinking of some favorite bookish characters.
Top Ten Bookish Characters:
by Rainbow Rowell
– Cath writes Simon Snow fan fiction and is quite successful at it. But a creative writing professor makes her question whether she should be writing “her own” stories instead.
in The Truth Commission
by Susan Juby
– Normandy and her friends form the “truth commission” to confront high school gossip head-on. This novel is setup as “creative nonfiction” as art school student Normandy writes a tell-all for a school project but struggles with the ethics of the mission, especially when it hits too close to home. I’m reading this one now and really enjoying it!
in The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
– Once Liesel learns to read she endeavors to read everything she can get her hands on, and deepens her connection with friend Max by reading to him aloud.
in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
– Charlie’s teacher assigns Charlie some extra credit reading and shares all his favorite books with him, and Charlie can’t get enough of them.
in Ink and Bone
by Rachel Caine
– In this alternate reality, the flow of knowledge is controlled by The Great Library, and it’s forbidden to personally own a book. Jess is a big reader from a family of book thieves – so is somewhat of a double agent as a Library trainee.
in The Book of Speculation
by Erika Swyler
– Simon is a Long Island librarian who receives a mysterious book inscribed with his grandmother’s name. He has to solve the mysteries of the book to break a family curse before it claims another victim.
A.J. Fikry in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
– A.J. Fikry is a bookseller whose life is changed when a baby is left abandoned with a note for him in his bookstore. This book celebrates all things books with book reviews, book clubs, and a rare book mystery!
in The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George
– Perdu prides himself on being able to get the right book in the right hands- healing others through literature from his floating bookstore on the Seine. He can’t fix his own heartbreak though, so he embarks on a journey to find out the end of his own story.
in Book Scavenger
by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
– In this Middle Grade book, Emily is a big reader who loves puzzles. She just moved to San Francisco, the home of the brains behind Book Scavenger, a bookish hide and seek. The discovery of a rare book gets Emily and her new friend involved in solving a literary mystery. I just came upon this book recently and it sounds like tons of fun!
in The Grimm Legacy
by Polly Shulman –
This Middle Grade trilogy
is centered around a magical library that houses the Grimm collection, where you can check out magical objects straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales. Elizabeth gets a job at the library and tries to solve the mystery of the missing objects. The last book in the trilogy, this fall’s The Poe Estate
, centers on horror and ghost stories. Should be a fun Halloween read!
Do you like to read about bookish characters too? Let me know your favorites!