Top Ten Tuesday: June 30

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday list is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. I know characters implies fictional, but I’m including some real people in here as well.


Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She really enjoyed her light reading. Also, her perusal of Hogwarts: A History made the entire series possible (as Harry and Ron would be dead). I think she will always be my favorite book nerd.


Alberto Manguel. As writer of A History of Reading, The Library at Night, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, A Reader on Reading, among others, Manguel has some real book nerd cred.


Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She doesn’t really understand the value of what she reads, but she is certainly Austen’s most bookish character.


Temeraire the dragon, from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. He reads everything he can get his claws on, and even writes poetry.


Matilda Wormwood from the eponymous book by Roald Dahl. She saves herself from becoming like her horrible family by reading everything she can get her hands on.


Anne Fadiman. Another real person, she comes from an immensely bookish family and writes some of the best essays on reading and life (like Ex Libris and Rereadings).


Catherine Morland from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Her reading gets her into trouble, but she certainly loves it.


Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. She doesn’t just read books, she wants to write them.


Jonathan Strange from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Mr. Norrell might be the one collecting the books, but Jonathan has the insatiable curiosity for magic that means they actually get put to use (a lot).


Margaret Lea from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Her quiet, devoted love of books wins her the invitation to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.