Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it -- do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice!

Today's Topic: Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

Today I've decided to write about my Top Ten Fictional Bookworms :)

1. Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Hermione's probably the ultimate bookworm. She's a truly fantastic character (bright, inquisitive, determined, compassionate, etc) and her love of books certainly came in handy throughout the series! All of the knowledge that she gained from her intense reading got herself, Harry and Ron out of many perilous adventures. Her love of reading not only empowered her, it saved the world! 

2. Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
Although there's that part in Pride and Prejudice where Miss Bingley accuses Elizabeth Bennet of having no pleasure in anything but reading, it seems to me that it's really Catherine Morland who's the big bookworm out of the Austen heroines. She stays up late into the night to read novels - what bookworm hasn't done that?! - and I think it's beyond adorable that she and Henry Tilney bonded over their mutual love of reading :) I also included Henry in this list because even though I'm extremely fond of Catherine he's my favourite Austen character :)

3. Jo March from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Jo March adored books, wrote stories of her own, and would then act them out with her best friend Laurie and her sisters. I related to her so much when I was growing up and this pretty awesome quote is about her :)

4.  Matilda Wormwood from Roald Dahl's Matilda
A heroine from another childhood favourite! To be honest my love of the story has more to do with the Danny DeVito film (it's been about 20 years since I last read the Roald Dahl novel!) but I could definitely relate to Matilda's love of books and I've always cherished the memory of reading it.

5. Beauty from Robin McKinley's Beauty
I was sorely tempted to include Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast in this list because she's always been my favourite Disney heroine and she would have probably been the very first fictional bookworm that I ever encountered. However since she isn't a book character I've gone for the Beauty of the Robin McKinley novel instead. Beauty loves books just as much as Belle and I seriously covet her library. You think the library in the Disney film is amazing? It is nothing, nothing compared to the library in this book!

6. Howl Pendragon from Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle is a wonderful book and I really need to finish my review of it! Anyway Howl's hilarious and even though it's never explicitly mentioned that he's a huge bookworm there are some very strong hints that he grew up in a book-loving family. He quotes from Hamlet and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, his chosen surname comes from Arthurian mythology, and his sister's house is even called Rivendell!

7. Faramir from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Faramir's one of my absolute favourite characters from the LOTR and even though it's never explicitly mentioned that he's a big bookworm either it's heavily implied. We're told that he's "gentle in bearing and a lover of lore and music" and also that he was "the wizard's pupil". He probably spent hours and hours learning all about the lore and history of Gondor and Númenor and he seems like a Hamlet or a Rhaegar Targaryen figure - a bookish intellectual type forced into becoming a man of action.

8. Hamlet from William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Hamlet's an obviously well-read, cultured intellectual. We know he loves plays and academia, he writes poetry, and we see him reading on-stage at one point. I love Hamlet's character because his depression and grief in this play is so raw and affecting but also because he's so witty and sarcastic. I love how he can insult people without them even realising it! :D

9. Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle
Kvothe's really more of a music nerd and a theatre buff than a bookworm but he's an awesome character, he loves words, and is filled with awe and wonder when he eventually manages to get into the University's archives.

10. Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair
Thursday comes from an alternate universe in which everyone is obsessed with literature (a book lover's paradise!) She's also a badass, funny and resourceful female war veteran and literary detective who specialises in 19th century literature. She even gets to travel into her favourite book (Jane Eyre) and make her OTP get together and what bookworm hasn't dreamed of doing that?!

Who are your favourite fictional bookworms?  


Manette said...

What a wonderful topic you picked! Bookworms make such great characters in general, and you made some pretty great choices here. Dahl's Matilda is one of the first books I remember reading (and being read, when I couldn't read myself yet) and I have always admired her. I would recommend revisiting the book. :) I'm actually working on my own Top Ten Tuesday post right now, it'll be my first!! :D

IloveHeartlandX said...

Love Hermione, and Matilda! Two of my favourite bookworms!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/top-ten-tuesday-41/

Lianne @ eclectictales.com said...

Great list! I see which four fictional characters we had in common from my previous list ;)

Howl! I totally forgot he was quite the bookworm. He's such a hilarious character...Now I feel like re-reading the book =D And yay for Thursday Next! :)


samara said...

All the Tilney love all the time!

Cora Linn said...

Love your list :)
Cora @ Tea Party Princess

Carrie said...

i love your first three so dearly :) Fun topic! My TTT

Hamlette said...

Great topic! I'm right there with you on most of these -- only a couple I'm not familiar with!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I love this list! Great picks. I really need to try a Thursday Next book!

Check out my TTT.

Hannah said...

Manette - Thank you and it's lovely to see you blogging again! :) I am planning on re-reading 'Matilda' again but I don't think I'll be getting around to it any time soon. Hopefully next year!

Heartland - Yes, they're both wonderful!

Lianne - Thanks, I re-read HMC recently and I'd completely forgotten just how funny it is! And Thursday Next is definitely a huge bookworm although she'd probably argue otherwise since bookworms are something rather different in her world :D

Now that I've almost finished 'Mistborn' I really wish that I'd put Elend Venture on this list. I won't edit him into it because I don't know who to take out but hopefully I can do a Part 2 to this list some day...

Samara - NA is so underrated that I'm always happy to give that book and its characters the love!

Cora - Thank you!

Carrie - Thanks, I think this has been my favourite TTT to write so far!

Hamlette - Thank you, I'm glad you know and appreciate most of these! :)

Lauren - Thank you! I've only read the first Thursday Next book but I really loved it!