August 13, 2019
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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Book Characters That I’d Like For Best Friends.
Book Characters That I’d Like For Best Friends
Oh my! This is a difficult topic! I admire so many characters!
Many characters I love are from the histfic genre, and I can’t imagine sharing their difficult lives. Also, some of the characters I’d like to be friends with are younger than I am……but maybe that’s OK because we are pretending, and I guess I can become their age if I’m their imaginary friend! So I won’t worry about those pesky details!
Here’s the list I created (tomorrow could be a different list)…..I don’t want to hurt any favorite character’s feelings by leaving them off this list…..just know that there are a hundred more! (listed in no particular order)
Inspector Gamache, Reine Marie, Myrna, Clara
I’d love to be friends with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife, Reine Marie (…..and Myrna the bookstore owner and Clara the artist)….. but prickly Ruth the poet kind of intimidates me!). I’d love to visit the Safe Haven of Three Pines and sit by the roaring fire in the Bistro for pastry and hot chocolate, or visit one of their homes for a comfort-food dinner and enjoy their cozy friendship.
A Better Man (Installment #15 in the Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines Series) by Louise Penny (counting the days until the 8/27 release!)
Genre: character-driven mystery
(My Kingdom of the Blind Review, The Series and Glass Houses Review)
I’d love to be friends with the industrious, loyal, patriotic Eliza Hamilton (wife of Alexander Hamilton). Although she had eleven children and partnered closely with her husband in writing and drafting documents and probably wouldn’t have time to chit-chat, I still think it would be inspirational to have known her.
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Genre: Historical Fiction, U.S. History and the Founding
I would love to have had the opportunity to befriend Cussy Mary Carter who endured racism because of a rare medical condition that caused her skin to appear blue and suffered more than her share of hardships due to poverty and isolation. Cussy is courageous, committed to literacy, always chooses kindness, and cares deeply for others (especially children). It would be a privilege to call her “friend.” (no worries, she doesn’t cuss!)
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Racism, Prejudice, Book About Books
(Review coming this Friday)
I would be honored to be best friends with Precious Ramotswe. She’s a gentle spirit, gracious in her hospitality, wise, thoughtful, and kind. I could learn to drink tea!
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: Fiction, Gentle Mystery (Africa)
(a review of The House of Unexpected Sisters)
I can always be friends with a competent, caring, compassionate, creative teacher! I would love to be Maggie‘s teaching partner and her best friend! We would share middle grade lit recommendations and create engaging lesson plans!
I would appreciate having Layla, the Mom from A Place For Us, as a friend because we have a great deal in common: we’ve both raised three children and survived teenage angst (two girls and a boy); we both value our spiritual faith and traditions; we each tried our very best to be great parents and yet still made mistakes; and we each value family and make sacrifices.
I would adore having a bookshop owner as a friend! I would help kind Emilia Nightingale save her father’s store, help customers find their perfect read, and enjoy the quaint English village community and colorful characters. Put me to work Emilia!
I’ve avoided mentioning WW11 characters until now because I don’t think I can match their bravery and courage. Emma (Emmanuelle) lives in a small village on the Normandy coast of France and she learned how to bake bread from the master village baker. When the Germans invaded and her mentor was forced to wear the yellow star and eventually taken away at gunpoint, Emma took over the bakery and stealthily found a way to fight back and help the starving villagers. The Germans gave her enough wheat to make twelve loaves of bread for their officers, but clever Emma ground straw to blend with the flour and secretly made two extra loaves every day to share with her village friends. The gift of bread also came with a serving of hope that they would all survive until help arrived from the Allies. I admire your bravery Emma and I’d deliver the bread for you!
Because of my natural curiosity, my keen observational skills, and amateur sleuthing abilities (hello, I raised teenagers and was an upper elementary teacher!), I would love to be friends with my childhood hero, Nancy Drew! The fact that this was a series and I could buy or check out the next one was a huge factor in the voracious reader I am today. I admire you and I’d love to be your sidekick, Nancy!
Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Genre: YA Mystery, Classics
I would love to befriend 10-year-old Ada as she faces relocation to the English countryside to avoid the bombing in London during WW11. She could use a great friend who doesn’t tease her for her physical disability (club foot) or make fun of her clothing because she’s poor. Even with facing an uncertain future (watching for bombers or spies and facing food shortages), I can envision myself making friends with the new girl and showing compassion for her situation. Ada can use a forever friend and I’m here for her!
The War That Saved My Life, and sequel, The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Genre: MG historical fiction (I promise that adults will love these!)
(brief Goodreads review here)
Which book character would YOU like as a best friend?!
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