Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds” and we’re happy to be participating!
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, Jamie explains that “book nerds” can include a variety of things – people who work at bookstores! people who are aspiring writers! – so I’m also working with this broader definition for my list today.
1. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: One of my all-time favorite novels! As you might remember, the book opens with Jane trying to read Bewick’s History of British Birds stealthily in the windowseat and getting caught at it by her awful cousin John Reed.
2. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: Catherine’s love for Gothic novels – particularly Ann Radcliffe’s – causes her to suspect that Northanger Abbey holds deep dark secrets at every turn.
3. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: In putting this together, I actually realized that many of our TMG readalongs have featured protagonists who are book nerds. But in any case, Jo March is an excellent book nerd – she writes plays for her sisters! they have that fun newsletter in the Pickwick Club! she becomes a published writer later on!
4. Emily Byrd Starr from the Emily of New Moon books by L.M. Montgomery: Did anyone else read these? They were maaaaybe my favorite of L.M. Montgomery’s series (in part because of the creepy romance between Dean Priest and Emily, SHHH, I KNOW, and also the psychic hijinks in the final book of the trilogy). Emily’s parents die and she has to go live with her strict aunt at New Moon and she makes friends and has adventures. And Emily really wanted to be a writer! (Spoiler alert, she lives the dream and becomes a writer.)
5. Betsy Ray from the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace: Oh Betsy. Betsy is an enthusiastic storyteller and an aspiring writer from a young age, and one of the things I love about her courtship with Joe (yes, they’re my OTP and yours) is how focused they both are on developing as writers and readers of literature. (Part of their friendly rivalry is around a yearly writing contest in high school, and um, it’s very sweet.)
6. Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: I wouldn’t necessarily say that Harriet is a book nerd, but she’s obsessively focused on writing in her journal and using her notebook to understand the people and relationships she encounters in the world around her. Also, she is the best. The end.
7. Vicky Austin from the Austin Family series by Madeleine L’Engle: While all of the Austins are pretty into discussing literature and philosophy as a family, Vicky’s an aspiring writer, too, and we get some of her poetry in A Ring of Endless Light, which we recently read together!
8. Cather Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Simon + Baz 4eva!
9. Darcy Patel from Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: I just read this – because I am a slowpoke, I know it came out last year! – and really really enjoyed it. The novel follows a recent high school graduate – Darcy Patel, whose first YA novel gets picked up for publication – and her adventures in NYC as she becomes a part of a community of YA writers and publishers. (You also get to read her novel, Afterworlds, throughout the book.)
10. Kelsea Raleigh Glynn from The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen: Raised by adoptive parents who taught her to value literature in a post-apocalyptic world where books are a rarity, Kelsea is super into reading and spends a solid amount of time and energy as Queen of the Tearling trying to put together a library … because books are important, you guys.
So, who would be on your list of fellow book nerds? Did I miss anything? Are there names I should have added to this list / books I should add to my ever-growing stack of TBR books?