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Top Ten Tuesday: My New Family from Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. I love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week I’ll post a new Top Ten list that myself and the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. 

This week’s topic is all about those characters in books that we wish were in our family. I love my family, but I think that everyone at some point has imagined that a character in a book would make a tremendous addition.  Here, then are the “new” members of my family …

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus is a stand-up kind of guy; smart, caring, devoted to righting wrongs and still able to get up the next day to keep fighting, even when it doesn’t go his way. He trusts his children, and listens to them when they have questions. He would make an awesome dad.

*Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

She’s the epitome of the motherly figure – she scolds you to get your work done, doesn’t hesitate to send a howler your way if you mess up, but she’s also first at your back to defend you. No one is ever turned away from the Weasley household, no matter how cramped, and everyone seems to spend a night or two under their crowded roof without any complaints. Just remember that she loves her daytime soap stories, and that she’s a sucker for a pretty face <ahem, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, anyone?>, but know that she loves you fiercely and wants only the best for you in the end. 

Erin Brown from Laid Bare by Lauren Dane

Erin is the quintessential cool aunt/big sister. A rock star in her own right, comfortable in her own skin and honest to a fault, Erin would be the person that you would go to the first time you kissed a boy, the first time you got drunk with your friends and the first time someone broke your heart. She’d take you to the coolest concerts, and call you on your bad behaviours, not because she wants to be mean but because she wouldn’t suffer fools gladly. I’d love her with all my heart.

Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lizzie is like my long-lost sister. She’s intelligent and bookish, she’s got a wicked tongue and isn’t afraid to use it and while she’s absolutely capable, she’s also secretly romantic and wants to be swept off her feet. Highly practical, she gets the job done but also has time for fun in her life. Oh, Lizzie, come on over – we’ll order pizza and make cookies!

* Lord & Lady Maccon, Alexia Tarabotti & Conall MacconThe Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

This pair would be the most eccentric but wonderful aunt & uncle/godparents ever. Seriously. Oh, I know that Alexia doesn’t have a soul, and that Conall is actually the Alpha in a werewolf pack, but together they are affectionate, supportive and wildly entertaining. There’s never a dull moment with the Woolsey clan, as they are often attacked by zombie hedgehogs, hunted by clan Vampires and – horror of horrors – re-dressed by Lord Akeldama and his troupe of fashionable “confirmed bachelor” social spies. Honestly, the holidays would be amazing with Alexia and Conall at the table.

Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

She’s lived long enough not to care what other think, she cruises the funeral visitations as social events and she will make outrageous statements about your social life at every opportunity. If you need a partner in crime or someone just to create a diversion, Grandma Mazur is your woman. This ain’t no little old lady who carries mints in her purse; she’s more likely packing a huge handgun than a Werther’s.

Jacob Jankowski from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

He’s a grandfather who would have worked in the circus as a young man. Think of the stories, my friends, think of the stories. However, all would not be sweetness and light. He’s had a hard life, but you that he would love his family unconditionally, and that he would be accepting of anyone you brought home to meet him. An animal lover, he would secretly feed the pets at the table and would rescue the strays off the street at every opportunity. He’s the cool grandpa for sure.

David “Bugs” Potter from Who Is Bugs Potter? by Gordon Korman

Bugs would be that slightly shifty older brother with whom you’d argue about setting the table or completing other chores. You’d catch him sneaking in the house at 2 am, and he’d cover for you when you took out the car without permission and scratched the paint. You may not necessarily have the same taste in music, or even like each other’s friends, but at the end of the day you would have each other’s back and you’d be first in line (with the fake ID he’d procure for you) to watch his band perform every time.

(tie) Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl and Emily Elizabeth from Clifford by Norman Bridwell 

Do I really need to explain this one? These would be two amazing little sisters, and I would love both of them.

In Matilda we have a sweet younger sister who loves school, deserves a family that truly appreciates her and can do magic at will! She also loves books, so she and I would get along well. 

As for Emily Elizabeth …. she has a BIG RED DOG. As long as she didn’t expect me to walk him, I’d be totally cool having EE and Clifford around the house. She has tremendous patience and control of her dog, and for such a little girl she’s very responsible. It seems that whenever Clifford’s around, something exciting like the circus happens as well, and who doesn’t love an exciting day?

* I’d need at least two pets as well….Nana the Dog from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and Clifford from Clifford by Norman Bridwell 

Every household needs at least one dog. Nana is loving, devoted and a sheepdog – and unlike most dogs in books these days, she actually survives the story! Bring it on, Nana!

Clifford would be great protection, and he would be able to do so much for the community – in every book I read to little T, Clifford was saving lives, putting on the circus, rescuing lost cats or sheltering people from the storm. What a great dog to have around!

Who would you like to adopt into your family from your bookshelf?

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9 Responses »

  1. Hermione. She’d be an awesome sister. 🙂 I’ll have to think about the others though!


  2. Such a cute list! I would love Mrs. Weasley as like a favorite aunt in my family. And you’re so right about Matilda – I don’t have sisters, so she would be great.


  3. This sounds like such a fun family. I think I would add Beth from Little Women as well because she was such a loving and devoted sister.


  4. Nice list. My 3 year old doesn’t just want Matilda as a little sister, she wants to BE Matilda. She keeps staring at things and telling me she’s using her powers to move them!


  5. Although I would never have thought to link them together, somehow the idea of Matilda and Emily Elizabeth being each other’s sister seems really right to me. I think they would be kindred spirits.


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