Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookish Characters I’ve Encountered in My Recent Reads
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Bookish Characters. I love books about books and bookish characters so I’ve already shared lists of my favorites over the years. This time around, so as not to duplicate, I decided to share some more recent bookish characters I’ve come across in my readings. There are definitely a few new favorites in these books. 🙂
Ten Bookish Characters I’ve Encountered in My Recent Reads
1. ISABELLE from BY THE BOOK by Jasmine Guillory
The story is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and the Belle character works in the publishing industry and is tasked with helping the Beast character write his memoir.
2. NORA STEPHENS and CHARLIE LASTRA from BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry
An enemies to lovers romance that features a take-no-prisoners literary agent and the guy she thinks is her nemesis, a handsome broody book editor.
3. CUSSY CARTER from THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson
Cussy Carter is a lonely young Appalachian woman who joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky. She befriends fellow Kentuckians and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.
4. LANIE BLOOM from BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lauren Kate
Lanie Bloom became a romance book editor because she was inspired by her favorite romance author, Noa Calloway. When a once in a lifetime opportunity comes along for her to work directly with Noa, Lanie is in for an unexpected surprise that turns everything she thought she knew upside down.
5. JUNE JONES from THE LAST CHANCE LIBRARY by Freya Sampson
Librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.
6. NORA HUGHES from MUST LOVE BOOKS by Shauna Robinson
When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.
With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parsons is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet…and maybe poach some Parsons’ authors along the way.
But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or…herself and her future.
7. ODILE SOUCHET from THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles
It’s 1939 and young and ambitious Odile Souchet has her dream job working at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.
8. KATRINA FREELING and NATHAN VAN HUYSEN from THE ROUGHEST DRAFT by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka
This story follows a pair of cowriters, Katrina and Nathan, who, after penning a best-selling novel together, had a major falling out and haven’t spoken to each other in three years. There’s major tension when they have to reuinite to write one more book to fulfill their contract.
9. KARA SULLIVAN from TALK BOOKISH TO ME by Kate Bromley
Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.
But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.
10. MARY PORTER-MALCOLM from BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet
As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.
Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.
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By the Book sounds good!
Lydia recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters
I really enjoyed that one. 🙂
I love bookish characters, I relate to them so much! I have a couple of these on my TBR.
Same here. I relate to bookish characters so much better than almost any other kind of characters I read about.
Must Love Books and The Roughest Draft both sound great.
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz recently posted…A Comprehensive List of the World’s Best Memoirs of Bookish Lives of Readers
I really enjoyed them both. 🙂
Ah, so many of these are on my TBR. They look and sound so good. Great list! 😃
Dini @ dinipandareads recently posted…#TopTenTuesday: All the Bookish Characters
Seeing all these bookish characters together is fun, I didn’t realize there were so many books about books!
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…Cover Reveal & Giveaway: THE MOTHER’S WHEEL by Robin Kirk
There really are a lot and looking at ARCs on Netgalley, it seems to be a growing trend. 🙂
I love a good bookish character! 🙂 The LAst Chance Library sounds really neat, and I like the sound of The PAris Library as well.
Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #451
The Paris Library was so good. I love the idea of badass Resistance librarians. 🙂
None of the books are familiar to me. But I like how you describe the figures you chose, so I guess I will go and see if those books will become a part of my reading list. Happy reading.
Vi @Inkvotary recently posted…Top Ten Tueday – Ten Bookish Characters In My Recent Reads
Happy reading to you too!
You’ve encountered some great new bookish characters lately!
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Authors (Surprisingly) Redeemed
I really have! 🙂
Wow some of these have stunning covers! Love the one for By The Book! What a range of bookish characters too….Talk Bookish To Me and The Paris Library sound especially good!
My TTT: https://zbestbooks.blogspot.com/2022/05/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-characters.html
Zoë (zbestbooks.blogspot.com) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Characters
By the Book is so pretty. Even though I read an ARC, I’m really tempted to buy a copy of that one for my collection.
Haven’t read any of these book, but Booklovers does sound interesting
Anita@seriesbooklover recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish characters
It’s a good one. Definitely has a lot of hype surrounding it at the moment, but it lived up to that hype for me, which is always nice. 🙂
Book Lovers, By Any Other Name and The Roughest Draft are all on my list this week too, and my TBR! And I forgot about By The Book, but that’s one I want to read too!
Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads recently posted…Books With Bookish Characters On My TBR
I hope you enjoy By the Book! 🙂
Was Book Woman good? Something about it interests me.
Sam@WLABB recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Writers and Readers
I don’t think I ever wrote a proper review for it, but I really liked Book Woman. The subject matter, trying to bring literacy to the poor in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, fascinated me, and I fell in love with Cussy Carter. She’s just such a well drawn character and easy to become invested in. There’s actually a sequel out now too, The Book Woman’s Daughter. I haven’t read it yet but it’s getting some pretty stellar reviews so I’m hoping to read it soon.
I adored Norah and Charlie!
Sophie recently posted…List of favorite bookish characters.
They were so adorable together!
I have not read any of these but a couple of them are on my TBR list.
Cindy Davis recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday-Brides
Hope they’re great reads for you!
I just recently put Book Lovers on hold via Overdrive. Apparently I’m #94 on the list so I guess I better not look for it any time soon. 🙂
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: These Are My People | Bookish Book Characters
I hope you don’t have to wait too long!
The Paris Library is on my TBR, I can’t wait to read it.
Jo recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #367
I really loved that one!