Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.
I'm in love with today's topic—top ten characters who love words. Meeting a character who loves reading as much as I do always puts a smile on my face, and reading the work of a character with a talent for writing is enthralling. I'd love to see more of both types of characters pop up in YA fiction, but for now, here are my favorite bookish characters who already exist.
Courtney is basically me in fictional form. She reads voraciously and even aims to work in book publishing someday, so she's by far my favorite of the three Diamond sisters spotlighted in this story.
Emily writes the most beautiful, insightful poetry I have ever read from a YA character. Drawing inspiration from Emily Dickinson, she is well on her way to becoming as great as the famed poet who shares her name.
Mattie's love for reading and writing adds a memorable touch to this historical mystery. Her struggle to realize her dreams of going to college is searing, and I loved learning a few new words—like sesquipedalian—thanks to her "word of the day" habit.
How could this list be complete without Liesel? Answer: it couldn't.
I think we can all agree that bookishness is one of the best qualities a person can have, but I loved Parker for realizing it's not the only worthwhile quality a person can have. Golden follows its driven, book-smart, valedictorian protagonist as she learns to take risks and spend time not studying.
Like Parker, these three girls learn an important lesson—bookishness is great, but grades aren't everything. However, their story comes with a different perspective. While Parker reaches this realization at the end of senior year, these three friends realize early on that they'll miss out on the full high school experience if they spend all their time studying. Amusing antics ensue as they try to get involved in various activities.
This character turns bookishness into a superpower. Sticky can read anything—no matter how long, boring, or dense—and remember every word, a talent of which I am extremely jealous.
I just finished this book, so M.T. is fresh in my mind, but I have a feeling she'll stay there for a while. She's smart and bookish enough to take two English classes senior year, but her illegal immigrant status makes college a near impossibility. Her story is emotional and memorable, told by an author who has been through a similar ordeal.
Who are your favorite bookish characters?