First up: TGIF at GReads!
This week’s questions:
If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose & why?
I’m going to borrow this idea from the original post and also break this up into categories:
If you’ve been on my blog before, you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about my favorite book, Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. But here we go again, because I would most likely want to be her, despite going through the Civil War, various husbands, and let’s not forget – corsets. She also gets to travel a lot of the country/world, ends up living in Ireland, has a head for business, is absolutely loaded, and ends up with Rhett Butler. Overall, I think pros outweigh the cons.
Just about any Nora Roberts character from the last 10 years. I love her strong women, overcoming the odds with a sense of humor, business savvy (can you tell I want to open my own business someday?), love of dogs, straight-talking honesty, and eventual partnership.
This category is a tie and I’m going to cheat just a little. Lt. Eve Dallas from the …In Death series by J.D.Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) may live in NY, but it’s not like the NYC we know. Set in the future, with all kinds of advancements like flying cars, interplanetary travel, and legalized prostitution, and despite the trauma of her early childhood, who wouldn’t love her former bad-guy turned bad-ass husband, ex-thief turned rock n’ roll star best friend, and the satisfaction of being NYC’s top murder cop? But, in terms of an actual fantasy world, Jacqueline Carey’s Phèdre nó Delaunay (Kushiel series) has the most true grit, determination, beauty, sexual adventures, and smarts of any character I’ve ever read.
Last but certainly not least, in the children’s book category, let’s break this down by age-appropriate book type:
Picture book: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Obviously I’d like to be Miss Rumphius, and hope I still can be someday. I just need to figure out what I can do to make the world more beautiful. I’ve got an idea. Stay tuned.
Middle Grade: Clementine (series) by Sara Pennypacker/illustrated by Marla Frazee. Precocious and intelligent, warm-hearted and artistic, she’s not the easiest of children but her family and friends still love her.
YA: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Aside from being the heroine of my favorite YA, Taylor Markham has a gender-neutral name (which I love), a plucky attitude, a sense of fairness, and simultaneous emotional strength and vulnerability. She also has a secret past to figure out, a present adventure involving secret tunnels and school wars, and a future with people who care about her.