Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Characters That Remind Me of Myself’, which I actually found fairly tricky before I realised I could be fairly loose here. A character doesn’t have to be exactly like me (thank goodness) for me to see something in them that I can relate to, in fact pretty much all of these characters are braver and kinder and better than I am, so below are ten characters who remind me (vaguely) of myself!
Connie from The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: Connie is a History student studying the history of witchcraft, and if I’d been a History student at university I feel like I could have been her in another life.
Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: I’ve struggled with my weight and how I view my body since… probably before my teens, to be honest, and that’s really fucked up. No child should be equating their worth to how much they weigh. Molly is one of the first heroines I’ve encountered in YA who encapsulated how I felt about myself as a teenager.
Meche from Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Signal to Noise is one of my favourite novels of all time, and a lot of that is down to Meche who just spoke to me. At first glance we have nothing in common – she’s a teenager in Mexico City in the ’80s and I was a teenager in North Yorkshire in the ’00s – but this was one of the first books I’ve read that really reminded me of what being a teenager felt like, of feeling like a misfit at school, at home and in your own skin.
Felicity from The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: A lot of Felicity’s story in this book is about overcoming her own internalised misogyny, and that’s something I had to do, too. Some of the things I thought as a teenager were horrific, all from absolute ignorance, and I’m glad I had the sense to learn.
Ellie from Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson: Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite childhood author and I loved her Girls series because it was the first time I ever encountered a plus size girl at the centre of a story. I struggled a lot with my weight as a teenager, so having Ellie around was a comfort.
Lirael from Lirael by Garth Nix: Lirael grows up feeling like she doesn’t fit in and takes comfort by hiding away in the library. Same, Lirael, same.
Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Another child raised by a library, but what I saw of myself in Lazlo is his refusal to leave fairy tales and myths in his childhood. He continues to read them and learn from them as an adult, and I can relate.
Isabella from The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan: Isabella speaks to the little girl in me who grew up obsessed with dinosaurs. She’s like the fantasy equivalent of Mary Anning, who’s always been one of my heroes.
Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I have a feeling Hermione’s going to be on a lot of lists this week, but that’s because she showed us know-it-all bookworms that we didn’t have to sit on the sidelines – we have every right to take part in the adventures going on around us, and being bookish isn’t a bad thing. I’m definitely not as smart as her, though!
Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis: This isn’t what I think, but something my older sister once told me when the 2005 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released – apparently Lucy reminded her of me when I was a little girl.