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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Top TenTuesdays - Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesdays was developed by The Artsy Reader.  Check out her blog and join in the fun!

This week's list is "Book Characters"  No topic - just whatever you want to say about them.

I will list some here that are my top favorite characters.  They are in no particular order.

1. Katniss Everdeen
        - Book: Hunger Games
        - I am not ashamed that I am a fan of Katniss.  She is the kind of heroine I would like to be - smart, skilled, and a little bit mouthy.  An unlikely hero who just wanted to save her sister, and who you forget is only a teenager when all of this goes down.

2. Hermonie Granger
        - Book: Harry Potter
        - Another brainy, skilled heroine.  I would love to have Hermonie's brains, and magic abilities.  For sure.  Although, at my age, I would use those magic abilities to transport me on vacation, and do laundry and dishes for me.  Lame.

3. Tyrion Lannister
         - Book: Game of Thrones
         - I love me some smart alleck characters.  The whittier, the better.  I love sarcasm, dry humor, and smarts - and Tyrion is all three.  He had some of the best lines in the books and on the show.

4. Juliette
        - Book: Wool
        - I am starting to see a theme.  Another smart, capable, wise cracking heroine added to the list.  Juliette was a skilled mechanic just doing her thing when she is selected to be the sheriff of her whole silo.  And in putting her in that position, she brings down a whole, corrupt system.  Boom.

5. Louisa Clark
        - Book: Me Before You
        - I love Louisa.  She is everything I wish I COULD be.  Comfortable in her skin, and just a joyful person.  I love how easy she makes "being yourself" look, and how she turns Will's life upside down just by being a caring, genuine person.

6. Marie-Laure LeBlanc
        - Book: All The Light We Cannot See
        - Marie-Laure is blind.  Just like my daughter.  I watch my daughter struggle with certain aspects of her life, BUT I also see how amazing she is.  How strong and confident without having full use of her eyes.  What I take for granted every day.  Marie-Laure was a blind girl during the war who worked to get messages our in secret.  Amazing.

7. Jasmine Bashara
        - Book: Artemis
        - Ah, we are back to the witty, snarky, smart female protagonis.  Andy Weir is BRILLIANT, so of course he writes brillian characters.  I would LOVE a follow up to this book.

8. Pino Lella
        - Book: Beneath The Scarlet Sky
        - I know that Pino is a real person, but I threw him in anyway.  Because this was BASED on his story - it wasn't a biography.  Pino was a young, Italian man who risked his life in two ways.  1) by obtaining information when he was a driver for a Nazi who was right under Hitler.  and 2) by sneaking Jewish people over the Alps into Switzerland.  Over and over again.  Incredible.  I cannot wait to see the movie.

9. Aibileen Clark
         - Book: The Help
         - Aibileen is incredible.  She doesn't have the "snark" that Mini does, but she is a powerful woman in a town that wants nothing to do with her.  I love that she gets to a point when she believes in herself enough to leave a bad situation and go out and become a writer like she always dreamed.

10. Mark Watney
        - Book: The Martian
        - Okay - if you haven't read this book - you have to.  It is one of my favorites and Mark Watney in the book will leave you in tears from laughing so hard.  He is hysterical, and sarcastic, and brilliant.  The whole book is smart, but Watney's character is spot on.  I have seen, and loved, the movie, but the book explores so much more of Watney's chracter, that you must read it.

So what are your favorite characters?

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