Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish Characters

Another week, another TTT- I hope your May has started off well, mine hasn’t! But that’s neither here nor there. No, what’s here, right now, at this very moment, is a list of characters from books that have bookish professions. This is gonna be hard, I can’t think of any off the top of my head… but whatever!

*takes a long drink of tea and rolls up sleeves*

Let’s rock and roll.

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Chih from The Singing Hills Cycle

Chih is a traveling cleric wandering in search of stories, and they find them in the oddest of places. Such as mysterious, haunted lakes or in the midst of a group of tigers who are absolutely intent on eating them. Luckily Chih is wise and clever and occasionally accompanied by a smart ass talking bird who judges people more harshly then your nearest house cat.

Lydia Smith from Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

We will ignore the fact that she shares a name with my big sister and just respect Lydia for what she is, a kind, empathetic book store clerk with good intentions and a penchant for being in the right place at the wrong time. Or the wrong place at the right time? I guess it depends on your opinion of irrevocable trauma- ANYWAY! She’s great, good job Lydia, way to be nicer then my sis, who doesn’t read this, so she’ll never know I’m exposing her to all of you! Hahah, Lydia, that’s what you get for picking on me for most of my life!

Lucien from The Sandman Comics

Lucien deserves a prize for putting up with the utter chaos that being the sole librarian in the Kingdom of Dreams brings to his every day life. This man has the patience of a saint and the body of a bean pole. He’s got a pretty sick job, really, getting to hang out with all the books- even the ones that were never written, and that’s cool. He also used to be a raven? We don’t talk about those days though, so just forget I said anything, okay? He also gets to be in charge of the Dreaming while Morpheus is out doing important Dream Lord things, and he hates it. I would too, my dude.

Elodin from The King Killer Chronicles

Elodin is great, he’s way better than Kvothe, though not as good as Bast, but Bast is cheating because he’s Fay and flirty and sneaky and Not What He Seems. But back to Elodin- he goes barefoot most of the time, which like- same, and his lessons don’t make a lot of sense to his students, but that’s why he’s the Professor here, and they aren’t. Sure Kvothe just sort of… stepped off the top of a building because Elodin’s nonsense, but that’s on Kvothe for being a fool and taking things too literally, so whatever.

Alexander Hamilton from Real History

Sure he’s not a professor or a librarian or whatever, but if there’s one thing I know it’s that…


Words man, he knew ’em.

Vellitt Boe from The Dream Quest of Villitt Boe

Professor Boe teaches at a super prestigious all woman’s university in a world that is inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s tales of tentacles, woe, and uncomfortable eye contact. There’s a really cool crown in this book. She also has to traverse a country that is… unfortunate, all in an attempt to get to our world, so she can retrieve a woman who is the daughter of a god???? Yeah, don’t know, cool book though. And there’s a cat, so it’s immediately elevated.

Doctor John Watson from You Know Exactly Where he’s From

Sure, he’s a army medic, but you know what else he is? The chronicler of Holmes and his first fan. Like really, we’re just getting a bunch of short stories that are essentially Watson going, “The fuck, Sherlock, my dear sir, how the hell did you figure that one out?” and Sherlock, being the obliging demisexual that is his, smiles and is like, “Well my dashing and bold friend, this is how I did it,” and it’s great, these two are so much fun, but in Victorian sort of way, so like with violins and diluted cocaine and wasting away on the couch out of sheer boredom.

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Characters

    1. I’ll admit it took me like… a week of looking at the prompt before it finally clicked with me what it meant, and even after that I questioned whether or not I’d have enough characters to make a worthwhile list!


    1. I think you’re right and there was one or two stories where Sherlock decided to write for himself, I had completely forgotten about it until you mentioned it though!


    1. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with the genre of your choice, though I have to admit to being surprised that you’ve never heard of Sherlock Holmes, I figured even non-readers knew about him and Dr. Watson! But seriously, romance is great! No shame in reading it exclusively!


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