This weekly meme was created by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is fictional book nerds. These include characters who love reading, work at/own a bookstore, are writers, etc.
1. William Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare):
Will Herondale… my book boyfriend. One of the reasons why I love him so much is because of his love for books. He’s always talking about books with Tessa (who I could also include on this list) and he’s just perfect.
2. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas):
I love that even though she’s totally fierce and kickass, she still loves spending time in the library and reading books, especially smutty romance novels. Throne of Glass review.
3. Sam Roth (The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater):
Sam works at a bookstore when he’s not busy being a wolf. He loves reading and quoting poetry and, for me, the scenes with him and Grace in the bookstore were the best of scenes of the whole trilogy. I’ve done a review of the whole trilogy here.
4. A.J. Fikry (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin):
A.J. Fikry is the owner of a bookstore, who’s been a little unlucky in life. But one day, he gets a surprise package left in his bookstore, which changes his life forever.
5. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling):
I couldn’t compile a list of book nerds and leave Hermione Granger off the list. I was a bookworm when I was young and reading the Harry Potter series, and I wanted to be just like Hermione.
6. Marie-Laure LeBlanc (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr):
Marie-Laure is a blind French girl who spends most of her time reading books in Braille. She doesn’t own very many books but she treasures all of the ones she has. She just loves reading and learning about new things and I love her so so much. This is my favourite book of all time, so of course I’ve written a review.
7. Cath Avery (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell):
Cath is so in love with the Simon Snow series that she writes fan fiction about it. Fangirl also has adorable scenes where Cath reads aloud to Levi.
8. Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak):
The Book Thief was a required reading at my high school when it first came out. I was going through a phase where I wasn’t reading very much but this book made me want to read again. It was probably the best required reading ever. Liesel lives in a world where books are banned, which forces her to steal books and read them in secret.
9. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl):
Matilda was probably the first book nerd I ever encountered in fiction. When I first read this book as an 8 or 9 year old, I just wanted to be her. I wanted to be as smart and clever as her, and she also had telekinesis as a superpower…so who wouldn’t want to be her?
10. Delilah McPhee (Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer):
Delilah is a girl who is obsessed with this one fairytale and the prince from the fairytale. One day, the prince from the story talks to her. They then devise ways of getting the prince out of the fairytale and into the real world. Review here.