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 Whose Job I Wish I Had’, which is such a fun theme! As someone who’s both a book lover and a history nerd, those are the two fields I’ve focused on this week.
But first, a non-bookish honourable mention:
I couldn’t put together a list like this without mentioning Evie from The Mummy, who will always have a very special place in my heart. Evie was the very first time I saw a nerd at the heart of an action movie and I love her. I know Indiana Jones made a lot of people want to be archaeologists, but for me it was always Evie.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: Connie, the heroine of this novel, is a graduate history student specialising in the history of witchcraft in America. I love the idea of being a witchcraft historian.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: I haven’t read this one yet (I’m hoping to finally cross it off my TBR this year!) but this is another book about a scholar who, I believe, focuses on the history of witchcraft.
Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon: The heroine of this romance novel is a palaeontologist and I was a huge dinosaur nerd as a little girl. If I’d been more science-brained than arts-brained, I might have pursued palaeontology…
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers: As she’s a child Theodosia herself doesn’t have a job—at least not one she’s paid for!—but her mum is an archaeologist.
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: Kivrin is a history student whose studies involve time travelling back to the Middle Ages to record medieval life, which sounds like an absolute dream for a historian. As long as they could come back home at the end of it!
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor: This is another series I keep meaning to read, and another case of historians using time travel to conduct their research.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca: Emily runs a bookshop and spends her summers helping out at a Renaissance Faire. In other words, she’s living the dream.
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend: Roshni Singh is a librarian at Nevermoor’s Goblein Library and working there sounds like so much fun.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow: Bella is another librarian but she’s also something of a researcher in her own right, particularly when it comes to collecting stories associated with witchcraft.
The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan: As you all know I’m much more of a unicorn girl than a dragon girl, but there’s no way I’d miss the chance to be a dragon naturalist if it came my way.