Top Ten Tuesday - New

Whenever I encounter a character in a book who loves to read as much as I do, I feel an instant affinity. (I feel much the same way when I encounter readers in real life.) No matter how much I love a book, my enjoyment is immediately bumped up several notches as soon as I discover that the character loves to read.

So I’m excited by this week’s topic – I get to choose 10 of my favourite literary characters from the pages of some of my all-time favourite books! Here they are, in no particular order:

Matilda - Roald Dahl       Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling       ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - L.M. MONTGOMERY

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Hermione from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George       25058120       The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

M. Perdue from The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Laurent from The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
A.J. Fikry from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (Lt. Ed.)       The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Queen from The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Anniversary Hardcover       Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman

Aziraphale from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Piper Kerman from Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

How much fun was that? Now, I really want you guys to share some of your favourite bookish characters with me – particularly ones I haven’t met yet! I’m always on the hunt for literary friends – real or fictional. Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week TTT has a different topic, and everyone who links up has to create a link of ten items that fit that topic. To see past and upcoming topics, go here.


  1. Melinda

    I love this! I recently reviewed both “The Little Paris Bookshop” and “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” and noted in both reviews how wonderfully bookish they were!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      Though I loved the stories at the centre of each book, I have to admit that it was the bookishness of each that really made them. Particularly Fikry – I’ve always wanted to run a bookshop in a small town that could be kind of a centre of community literary life!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      I loved the bookishness of it, and the first third was PACKED with quotable lines and beautiful word choices. For me the story lagged a bit through the middle (I didn’t like the letters/journal excerpts much), but by the end I was glad I’d read it, and definitely felt like there was more positive than negative for book-lovers. Had a bit of the whimsical feel of the film Amelie, which is a particular favourite of mine!

      If you’d like to read my full review, you can find it here:

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      I love both Hermione and Cath. My bookish heart is with them both! I feel like Matilda has been cropping up a lot for me lately, so fortunately she was on my mind! Thank you – it was a stressful transition, but I’m super happy I made the change!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      Thank you so much!! I tried so many themes on both .com and .org before settling on this one. I’ve used WordPress a lot in the past for work, so it’s familiar to me, but I’d never set up a self-hosted blog from scratch before, so that was a new experience! Very glad I did it though, because I can’t see myself changing any time soon!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      I went back and forth on Piper, but it didn’t say the characters HAD to be fictional….. so…. 🙂

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      I enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop – there were some parts in the middle that lagged a bit for me, but overall I was really glad I read it. Great summer read!


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