Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Character Names I Love OR Unusual Character Names

When I was thinking about this topic and jotting down names  I realized it could also be called “Things I could call my cats if I was a crazy cat lady with 37 kittens“.

So I’m super cheating – there are more than ten names on this week’s list. Too many names and not enough space in a list of ten to list all of them. So here are my names 🙂 Enjoy!

Shakespearean

Character Name(s)

Play Title

Iago

Othello

Ophelia

Hamlet

Banquo

Macbeth

Benvolio

Romeo and Juliet

Lucentio

The Taming of the Shrew

Classic Hero

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Sherlock Homes, Mycroft, Moriarty

The Sherlock Homes books by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jean Valjean

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Captain Wentworth

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Mr Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Heathcliff

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Don Diego de la Vega

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Athos, Aramis, Porthos and d’Artagnan

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Fantasy

 

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Bellatrix Lestrange, Arabella Figg, Draco and Narcissa Malfoy, Voldemort

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Karou

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Butterfly

The Elites by Natasha Ngan

Zaphod Beeblebrox (I think this is my all time favourite character name)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Gandalf the Gray and Aragorn

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Four

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Adrian Ivashkov and Dimitri Bellikov

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Finnick

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Chaol

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

 

crazy

Character Name(s)

Book Title

Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Westley (Dread Pirate Roberts)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Veruca Salt

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Hazel

Watership Down by Richard Adams

So those are my favourite names. I didn’t include Sancho Panza from Don Quixote which is another favourite of mine because that actually is what my cat is named 😛

I’d love to know what literary people or characters you’d name your imaginary (or real!) cats! So please feel free to leave me a comment 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Had Sequels/Spinoffs

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels 

After thinking about this for a while, I realized that for most standalone books – I love how they finished. Adding another book would just dilute whatever I thought was so great to begin with. There were a few that I’d love to have a sequel (and I’ll list them here) but for the most part – how awesome would spin offs be? There are so many fantastic secondary characters that I’d love to get to know more about.

Sequels:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Ever since this book was first released there was talk about two more books – the Seeker and the Soul. Whilst I think that The Host was a perfect stand alone book… I sort of want to see what happens next. Does true love prevail? (my thoughts… probably). Will Ian get confused considering the body switching (Probably not. But I would like to see him and Jared get into a fight again). Will Wanda find some sort of non-violent passive way to save the world? (probably. And there will be some kind of non-aggressive stand off where everyone wins…). Yay!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I know there have been many books about Elizabeth and Darcy written by other people putting their own slant on what happens next. And I’ve read a few and even liked many of them. But how fantastic would it be to read it from Ms. Austen’s own hand. I want to know what she thought married life between these two rather headstrong people would have been like.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I just finished reading this book and… I don’t ant to leave this world just yet! I’ll wait patiently for a sequel… ok. Maybe not so patiently…

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Bring on Buttercup’s Baby!

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta – I’d love a chance to see what Josie’s life was like now.

The Host (The Host, #1) Pride and Prejudice Neverwhere The Princess Bride Looking for Alibrandi

Spin Offs:

Sarah Dessen – I love her books and for the most part I like how everything ends at the conclusion of one of her novels. But HOW AWESOME! would a compilation of novellas be. With just a tiny snapshot of what’s happening to my favourite characters.

Harry Potter – Who would I want to see a spin off in this series? It’s so hard to pick. Dumbledore as a youngster, the Marauders, The Next Generation? So many untold stories that I would love to get to witness as a reader

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – I enjoyed this book. It was slightly bizarre and oh-so heartbreaking. And I wanted to know more. I want to know if Alba (is it just me or does her name remind everyone of Jessica Alba?) manages to have a happy life.

Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead – I love this adult paranormal romance series. I think it’d be fantastic to get to read more about this world of demons and angels. Maybe a story featuring Hugh as a main character, or what Roman’s life is now. Or go back and experience life though Jerome’s eyes. So many choices…

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby – My favourite character in this novel was Aunt Hestia. How fantastic would a story about her and how she became the woman she turned out to be.

The Moon and More Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) The Time Traveler's Wife Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) The Heiresses

That’s my top ten. Now – I know that a lot of them probably wouldn’t be as good with extra instalments. But a girl can live in hope 😀 Hope you’ve all had a great week and I can’t wait to see what sequels you wish had been written!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

So here are some of my favourite authors who I think deserve more recognition.

A Corner of White (The Colours of Madeleine #1)Shadows (The Rephaim, #1)Between the LivesStormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)Saving FrancescaSpeechlessEleanor & ParkThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1)

Jaclyn Moriarty (Aussie Author!) – I’m currently working my way through her Ashbury/Brookfield series and I love her writing style. I’m also a huge fan of A Corner of White which is a bit more fantasy but still fantastic.

Paula Weston (Aussie Author!) – I didn’t know about Paula or her Rephaim series until a few months ago but I’m delighted that I discovered them. One of my all time favourite YA angel series.

Jessica Shirvington (Aussie Author!)- Between the Lives is one of the coolest concepts in a book I’ve read in a while. One girl who lives each day twice as two different people. How cool? And her Violet Eden series is pretty great too.

Jay Kristoff (Aussie Author!) – Just finished Stormdancer and I’m on a mission to pimp it. It’s great. Japanese Steampunk? How could you not want to read this book and push it onto all your nearest and dearest people?

Melina Marchetta (Aussie Author!) – Okay, so she’s getting to be a fairly big name but I’ve adored her books for over a decade now (yep… I read Looking for Alibrandi back in 1999…. and it’s been true love ever since)

Hannah Harrington – Fantastic realistic contemporary writer. Speechless and Saving June were both powerful and made me think.

Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park was such a beautiful novel. And her adult book, Attachments, was a fun read that I enjoyed despite my reservations about the ethical issues the main character seemed to ignore.

Kelley Armstrong – I loved her adult urban fantasy series, Women of the Otherworld and adore her YA series that are set in the same universe. The Darkest Powers trilogy is amazing.

Kresley Cole – This author is a must buy for me. She’s more known for her adult paranormal romance series, Immortals After Dark, but has started writing for the YA crowed with Poison Princess. I loved this book. So much.

Darynda Jones – Another that I love for her adult series (Charlie Davidson) but she also writes YA! I’ve read Death and the Girl Next Door and loved her transition to the younger audience.

That’s the top 10 authors that I think need more recognition. Read them! And even if you don’t like them as much as I do, at least then we can discuss them! 😀 Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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Book Review: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Title: Saving Francesca
Author: Melina Marchetta
Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: March 2003
Pages: 243
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, a boys’ school that pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can’t seem to stop thinking about.

Then there’s Francesca’s mother, who always thinks she knows what’s best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

My Review:

When I was fifteen – this was my favourite book. It was the first book that I’d ever read where it was almost as if the characters were living my life. I didn’t have a mother with depression nor an adorable soccer-mad younger brother but I had a lot in common with Francesca. I must have read this book a dozen times before finishing high school. I even went to a book festival she was speaking at to get my copy signed!

There was so much I loved about this book. And that’s why I haven’t read it since. Because sometimes when you go back and re-read a book that you thought was amazing you feel let down. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my memories. Luckily when I do go back and I read it this week I liked it just as much as I did then.

This book means just as much to me now as it did 9 years ago when I read it for the first time.

The characters are brilliant – there’s a depth to all of them. They are all more than what they seem at first glance. From Thomas and Will to Justine and Tara, I loved them all. Francesca’s parents and family are really interesting to read too.

Francesca and Will’s romance was beautiful to read. I loved the tension and banter that passed between them. I was rooting for them from the start and I was so proud of Francesca with her retort after the drunken kiss at the party. She is stronger than she knows and it was brilliant to witness her discovering it for herself.

I think the biggest strength of this novel is how brilliantly it’s written. Melina Marchetta is one of my favourite authors and this books is a perfect example of how incredibly she manages to capture the teenage mindset.

Purchase the novel from:

Amazon / Book Depository