Top Ten Tuesday #189


Hi all! I am officially done! As of Friday, everything I needed to do for this semester is completed and so the Christmas break has officially begun. My friends and I spent yesterday shopping at the Christmas Market in Edinburgh, without a doubt my favourite part of Christmas, though I always come back with my purse inevitably lighter. I also have my friends Hannah and Zoe coming up on Saturday for their annual Christmas visit, which I’m super excited for, it’s going to be our last one whilst I am still at Uni, which is kind of sad, but I’m sure our Christmas traditions will continue, if not in exactly the same form that they are now!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a freebie, so I’ve dug back into The Broke and The Bookish (the creators of this meme)’s archives and decided to bring you an old topic, Top Ten Characters That Remind Me of Me Or Someone I Know. So here we go:

  1. Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first shall we? I’m pretty sure every bookworm who loves Harry Potter has seen at least something of themselves in Hermione, I mean, it’s natural that we would relate to the “know it all bookworm” but for me, the connection went somewhat further because the way Hermione is described is quite similar to how I look, so it was easy enough to picture myself as her.

2. Matilda-Matilda-Roald Dahl

Again, another kind of obvious one, I might not have been devouring Dickens when I was 4, but I could certainly see myself in Matilda’s voracious appetite for books, wanting to read anything and everything that I came across, because that’s exactly what I was like as a kid, my favourite part of the week was when my dad would take me to the library and I would get to pick out new books to read.

3. Amy Fleming-Heartland-Lauren Brooke

Now I’m not claiming I have ever been a horse whisperer, I wish I had half the skills with horses that Amy does. However, I could still see quite a lot of myself in her, her introversion, the fact that she’s much more comfortable around animals than people, her deep love of horses, if she was real, I reckon we would get along quite well.

4. Izzy O’Neill-The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven

Izzy is probably the fictional character who I would say most reminds me of me. Her quite dry, sarcastic sense of humour is very similar to mine and the fact that she used humour as a defence mechanism against the more painful things in her life…well let’s just say I have definitely been there. She ribs on her friends quite a lot but always in a good natured way and she’s totally obsessed with food-Izzy could definitely be my fictional doppelganger!

5. Lena Kaligaris-The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares

Yes, I know, it seems a bit surprising that I see more of myself in Lena, the artist, rather than Carmen, the writer but personality wise, Lena is a lot closer to who I am. She’s the more introspective, quieter friend, doesn’t have quite as much self confidence as Carmen or Bridget or Tibby and I could definitely relate to that.

6. Evelyn-Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls

I think if I was going to be a woman in the 1910s, Evelyn would probably be closest to who I would be, she gets involved in the suffragettes because she feels it is unfair that she is denied an education that her brother is allowed, simply because she is a young woman (definitely something that I would feel rather indignant about too) and she refuses to back down until she gets what she wants-definitely something that I have experience in also!

7. Magnus Chase-Magnus Chase series-Rick Riordan

I know you were probably all expecting me to say Percy here, and I do love Percy and we share a lot of the same traits, but I think Magnus is a little closer to who I am, if I only because I would be just as useless with a sword as he is, I’m ridiculously clumsy. Magnus has a slightly darker sense of humour than Percy, which definitely fits with my personality, but he’s equally snarky, and incredibly loyal to his family and friends, which I like to think is a trait that we share. He also loves reading, so of course I can relate to that and he mentions one of my favourite authors Neal Shusterman in the first book so you know….he clearly has good taste in books!

8. Rose Justice-Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein

Much as I love Maddie and Julie, Rose is the character in Elizabeth Wein’s WWII novels that I relate to the most. She’s much more introspective than either Maddie or Julie, she writes poetry and she’s kind of a dreamer, but she can also be incredibly feisty and that’s quite similar to who I am as a person.

9. Flavia Gemina-The Roman Mysteries-Caroline Lawrence

Flavia definitely reminded me of me, though I’m obviously not a detective, I could definitely relate to her incredible level of nosiness, and her need to know everything about everyone, although I am definitely nowhere near as bossy as she is!

10. Liesel Meminger-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

Liesel’s love of words and writing, is eerily similar to my own, as soon as she learns how to read, she is obsessed with words, and reading about her experiences learning to read and write and discovering the magic of words definitely brought me back to when I was a kid, discovering that I could not only read words, but create them as well.

So there we go, the characters who remind me the most of me! Do you have any book characters that you relate to on a deeply personal level? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic, our penultimate one of 2018 (HOW?), is sharing our Winter 2018 TBR, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek of what reviews to expect over the next few months from me!

In the meantime, I will definitely have my review of A Spark of Light up before the end of the week, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, and I’m also hoping to get a Jo Talks post up before my friends come up this weekend (if not, it will be going up after they leave!) so keep an eye out for those!

42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #189

  1. taylortalksbooks 11/12/2018 / 6:34 pm

    This is such a cool topic, I loved reading your answers! I just got on break too and am so happy to be done with work for a bit! Happy holidays!
    Here’s my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you! Ah same, it’s so nice not to have 1000 things to think about πŸ™‚

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates 11/12/2018 / 6:43 pm

    Great choice of topic! Hermione and Matilda are great choices, and thanks for reminding me that I need to cross Things a Bright Girl Can Do off my TBR. πŸ™‚ I relate to Meche from Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise quite a lot, which is why it’s one of my favourite novels – she’s spiky and self-conscious in equal measure, and I saw a lot of my teenage self in her.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy Things A Bright Girl Can Do. I’ve never read that book, but Meche sounds great πŸ™‚

  3. Niamh (@niamhkate) 11/12/2018 / 10:46 pm

    Congratulations for finishing uni for the semester! This is such a great topic and definitely one I need to do in the future! I’ve always related to Hermione, although I’m nowhere near as brave or self-assured as she is! Matilda and Lena would also make my list, I think. (You and I actually sound quite similar!)

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:49 pm

      Thank you! Oh me either, I’m a lot less self confident than Hermione. Ah well, great minds think alike-we’d probably make quite good friends!

  4. kozbisa 12/12/2018 / 12:08 am

    This is an interesting topic. I don’t think I could come up with anyone for this list. Good job, and congrats on being done for the semester!!! Enjoy your break!

  5. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 12/12/2018 / 1:25 am

    I love your picks. I relate to Hermione on a different kind of level. I’m definitely the kind of person to stress about a test and over prepare for something, haha.

  6. daneelolivaw33 12/12/2018 / 7:03 am

    That’s a fun topic! I remember relating a lot to Harry when I first read The Philosopher’s Stone. That was when I had just come back to school after going through some bad stuff, and finally felt like I belonged somewhere, just like Harry did at Hogwarts.

  7. Congrats on finishing your school work! Some characters that remind me of myself are June from Legend (smart almost to the point of not fitting in), Cath from Fangirl (awkward around people and a fanfic author), and Stella from The Kiss Quotient (smart but awkward around people). Hmmm, I think I’m seeing a trend here…

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha, that’s a theme I can relate to as well πŸ™‚

  8. Love your list! Although I’d peg you more as a Percy than a Magnus 😜 eating copious amounts of blue cookies, attacking a giant lion thing with food and owning a flying horse, definitely things you’d do in the demigod world
    The characters I’ve related to most in a novel is Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, being a Tom boy and growing up with two boys and not much motherly influence and Laura from HIVE!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha honestly I could probably be both-I would definitely eat all the blue cookies. Oh yeah, those two are definitely similar to you!

  9. Kelly W 12/12/2018 / 11:04 am

    Wow, this is a really interesting topic! Hope the rest of your semester goes well!

  10. abookandacup 12/12/2018 / 12:49 pm

    I love Mathilda so much!! And of course I saw a lot of myself in Hermione too!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:06 pm

      Me too! Of course, it’s hard not to if you’re a bookworm.

  11. Olivia 12/12/2018 / 4:32 pm

    Oh, I love what you did with this topic. I saw myself more in Ron, even though I’m female…

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you! That’s totally fair, I’ve definitely seen aspects of myself in male characters too.

  12. lalafulton 12/12/2018 / 6:51 pm

    Congrats on finishing for the semester!! Christmas shopping in Edinburgh sounds like a dream!! I love this topic idea, very unique!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you! It was super fun, I love Christmas in Edinburgh.

  13. lilisblissfulpages 13/12/2018 / 4:13 am

    I haven’t read most of the books these characters are in. πŸ™‚ But great topic and ilike you, I see myself on Hermione, Matilda and Liesel. πŸ™‚

  14. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 13/12/2018 / 4:51 am

    What a cool theme idea – and congrats on finishing your semester! I just finished mine too and WHEW, it’s such a relief!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2018 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks! Ugh I know right, this semester has been a killer, it’s nice to have a relief.

  15. Annemieke 13/12/2018 / 10:17 am

    Haha Magnus has great taste in anything really haha. Great list.

  16. rayasreads 14/12/2018 / 5:40 am

    Such a unique topic! Makes me wish I knew you personally, though. Coz you relate with a few of my favorite characters!😊

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