Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things I Love/Hate About Romance in Books.
Ten Characters Who Are Book Nerds
I’m just going to kind of throw these out here in any order, but those of you who know me will recognize some of my favorites! I also have this nagging feeling that I’ve forgotten someone really obvious, but no doubt whoever it is will show up on someone else’s list.
- Hermione Granger (the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling). Hermione is going to be on pretty much everyone’s list today. She is the ultimate book nerd. When in doubt, go to the library.
- Isaac Vainio (the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines). Isaac is a total SF/F nerd. Not only can he quote or refer to a huge number of books, he’s also a libriomancer: he can literally reach into a book and take out anything that will fit through the book’s dimensions.
- Anne of Green Gables (the eponymous series by L. M. Montgomery). As a child, Anne loves books and frequently acts out the stories from them – just as I did when I was growing up. She never loses her love of books and stories, even after she grows up and has children of her own.
- Beauty (from Robin McKinley’s Beauty) loves books so much, “she used to read [her foal] her Greek translations… And he survived.” This book actually offers two book nerds; the Beast‘s castle has a huge, multi-room library that contains not only books that have been written, but books that haven’t been – yet. (My idea of Paradise!) And he enjoys reading. (I should think so, cooped up in an enchanted castle for hundreds of years!)
- Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane (the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers). Lord Peter collects rare books and incunabula, and scatters both well-known and obscure quotations into his conversation at the drop of a hat. Harriet writes mysteries, and can usually match him quote for quote, so I think she’s a bit of a book nerd, too.
- Mary Russell (the books by Laurie R. King) was “fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him.” Reading while walking – the mark of a true book nerd. She becomes a scholar as well as a detective, so the addiction to books never leaves her.
- Andromeda and Periapt (Mercedes Lackey’s One Good Knight) are both bookworms, so they get along quite well. Periapt is quite literally a bookwyrm (a book-loving, book-hoarding dragon.) The human Andie fits several bookworm stereotypes; she is mostly blind without her thick glasses, and loves to do research.
- Jo March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) loves to read and aspires to become a published author – which she does, eventually.
- Talia (the Arrows of the Queen trilogy by Mercedes Lackey) prefers books to chores, which often gets her into trouble in her strict, highly religious and male-dominant culture. Becoming a Herald means not only freedom from the strictures of her family’s expectations, but also classes and access to a whole Palace library full of books. (It means a lot of other things, too, some wonderful and some dangerous, but we’re focused on books right now.)
- Lindsey (Library Lover’s mystery series by Jenn McKinlay) She’s a librarian; of course she loves books!
- Kvothe (the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss) is more of a music and theater nerd than a book nerd, but he is obsessed with getting into the University’s Archives to search for information on the legendary Chandrian, who killed his parents. (The Archives are amazing: huge and extensive. I would love a chance to wander around in there.)
- Matthew Claremont (the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness) isn’t exactly a book nerd – or rather, he’s not just a book nerd – but he does treasure his books, most of which he is old enough (as a vampire) to have bought when they were first published. Actually, books are pretty important to Diana Bishop as well; she’s a scholar as well as a witch. And one particular book is of crucial importance to both of them.