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Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Books with fellow book nerds: Readers, book store workers, book sellers and writers…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry A Tale for the Time Being R.O.D. Read or Dream 1 (R.O.D. Read or Dream, #1) The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) Cold Magic (Spiritwalker, #1)

The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on.

Featuring an extremely cynical bookshop owner (A.J. Fikry), an enthusiastic book sales rep (Amelia), Fikry’s adopted daughter (Maya), the police officer & eclectic reader (Lambiase.) All book nerds.

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

What if I travel so far away in my dreams that I can’t get back in time to wake up?

Ruth is an aspiring novelist who finds Nao’s teenage diary. In those pages, Nao delves into her unexpected life and her great-great grandmother Jiko’s amazing life with self-deprecating humour. I love reading books about stories within stories.

R.O.D Read or Dream by Hideyuki Kurata, Illustrated by Ran Ayanaga

To the public, we’re detectives…but in reality, we protect books, and those who love them.

The Paper Sisters: Michelle and Maggie are serious bibliophiles but the youngest sibling, Anita is a reluctant reader. They run a detective agency which specialises in finding lost books. The Paper Sisters also share the power to manipulate paper into anything. E.g. clothes, shields, weapons, aircraft & creatures like this:

Maggie Mui

Side Note: The plot (and tone) of the anime and manga is completely different. The anime is driven by an action packed dark mystery. The manga is sweet, fantastical and a bit more on the slice of life side of things.

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Translated by Lucia Graves

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.

Daniel’s love for books pulls him into a gothic mystery. Beautifully written but with creepy twists.

Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

I will either find a way, or make one.

Cat is a scholar and lover of stories. She traces the mysteries of her own family’s past to unravel a plot bound in interesting magic.

Among Others  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao The History of Love  The Book Thief Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Among Others by Jo Walton

Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

I can only aspire to read as much Fantasy and Speculative fiction as Mori.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.

Oscar is a misfit Dominican teen reader with a love for SFF. (Currently enjoying the audiobook of this one.)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The truth is the thing I invented so I could live.

Leo, Alma, her namesake and the stories between them are just bittersweet. This book also kind of pulls at my heart – the way it describes unwritten friendships, love and the struggle to put things into words and share them.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.

Liesel’s story still tears me apart.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

I read because I have to. It drives everything else from my mind.

I read Adeline’s memoir when I was kid and just connected with her love for books as a means of escape, shelter and comfort. A similar feeling I got from Matilda:

Matilda

So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

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8 thoughts on “Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

  1. I love this list, you have quite a few I haven’t seen around– these lists are starting to all look the same as I do my blog round haha. I definitely need to read SHADOW OF THE WIND and TALE FOR THE TIME BEING as both sounds delightful! CHINESE CINDERELLA is also a title that sits close to my heart!

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    1. Definitely! Though I do feel bad about forgetting Hermione >.< I like to make lists with a random mix of books. I'm reading A Tale For The Time Being and it is so lovely. It'll take me a bit longer to finish due to review books but I'll definitely share thoughts in the future. Yay! I remember make my friend read Chinese Cinderella when we were kids so I could have someone to talk to squee about it with.

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  2. I feel like we all felt compelled to put in Hermione because it would feel like sacrilege if we didn’t >.< GREAT LISTTT ❤ Chinese Cinderella actually sounds super good. (Though the fact that she loves books definitely adds to the intrigue xD) Lovely list!

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  3. R.O.D looks and sounds amazing, and I do like it when the story changes with each adaption (Howls Moving Castle is my absolute best representation of this, as the novel is different from the film is different from the film-adaption-manga), so long as it makes me feel just as passionate for the characters. OH. And I have a Calcifer necklace. It’s amazing.

    I really enjoyed Chinese Cinderella when I read it as a youngster and actually bought a copy recently, so I’m excited to give it a go again. I remember vividly how moving and emotional it was.

    Oh, woo for A Brief History of Love (that sounds much more enthusiastic in my head, note)- that is such an utterly gorgeous book. And The Book Thiefffff. I basically need to go through my shelves, when my tbr is smaller, and pick out all my old favourites to reread. I love Death so much. xx

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    1. I completely agree! I love seeing adaptations and original works that share a spark. Ahhh a Calcifer necklace sounds like the best thing ever. I am so rewatching Howls Moving Castle after I finish the book. ❤ Chinese Cinderella. Whenever I reread The Book Thief, my heart goes through the motions.

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