Top Ten Tuesday #305

Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week this week, mine was fairly quiet but I did have some great video chats with my friends over the weekend which were super fun, I cannot wait till I can finally see my friends in person again though!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had. Now obviously, I already know the job I’m planning to go into (Journalism) but if I wasn’t going to do that, these are the jobs that fictional characters have, that I’d like to do:

  1. Amy Fleming-Heartland Series-Lauren Brooke-Horse Trainer

I love horses, and Amy’s job of working with horses with problems always seemed like such a cool thing to do when I was younger. I still really would love to learn some of the natural horsemanship techniques that Amy does in the books (and on the show) though that will probably only happen in a dream world where I finally manage to get a horse of my own!

2. Enrique Mercado-Lopez-The Gilded Wolves Trilogy-Roshani Chokshi-Historian

This one isn’t actually massively out of the question, since part of my degree was History! I do love the idea of being a historian, but I’m not really academically inclined and I didn’t want to do further education which I’d need to do if I was going to go into academia and do historical research. If I could find a job that was history related that I didn’t need further degrees for though, I would definitely be interested!

3. Mrs Elm-The Midnight Library-Matt Haig-Librarian

Any job to do with books would be perfect for me, and I have so many great memories of a particularly brilliant librarian from the library I used to go to when I was a kid, who was so lovely and helpful. I’m not really a kid person, so I don’t think I’d make the best children’s librarian but I reckon I would be a good general librarian, I know I’d be good at helping patrons find books they’d love.

4. Cath-Heartless-Marissa Meyer-Baker

I am able to bake a little, mostly really simple things like cookies and flapjacks, but I’d love to be able to do it well, in my dreams I’d be able to bake like the bakers on the Great British Bake-off and do all of these super elaborate desserts!

5. Jordan McAffee-Several Jodi Picoult books-Jodi Picoult-Lawyer

My parents always used to joke I’d make a good lawyer when I was a kid because I loved to argue! I’ve always found legal stuff interesting, but never really felt compelled to make it a career, mostly because I don’t think I could live with someone innocent going to jail because of me (or someone guilty walking free). However, when I was in Cape Town, I met a lawyer who worked for the Women’s Legal Centre, and if I was a lawyer, I’d love to do what she does, fighting to improve women’s rights would be a great job for me.

6. Henry Strauss-The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-V.E. Schwab-Bookseller

I’ve always thought I’d make a great bookseller, finding people great books to read sounds like my idea of a dream job. Now I have worked in retail before, so I do realise that bookselling would probably have all the same drawbacks that all of my other retail jobs have had, but getting a discount on books would be totally worth it!

7. Lina Vilkas-Between Shades of Gray-Ruta Sepetys-Artist

I am terrible at art, truly horrendous, but I’ve always wanted to be good at it, it’s like singing, I really admire and am envious of people who can do it well. However, this is a dream not reality scenario, so in this scenario, if I was good at art, I would love to be an artist like Lina.

8. Dawn Edelstein-The Book of Two Ways-Jodi Picoult-Egyptologist

Egyptology seems like it would be a truly fascinating subject to study, I’ve always thought archaeology was really cool, so I’d love to be able to go on digs and excavate tombs, but being the history nerd that I am, I’d also love studying Ancient Egyptian history, I think it would be so interesting. I’ve not had a chance to study much Ancient history so far and I’ve always been fascinated by it, so I think Egyptology would be a really fun and interesting thing to study.

9. Queenie-Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein-Spy

I’m not sure I’d make the world’s best spy, but again, this is a dream scenario, so I think I can swing it. All the different disguises and pretending to be someone else is very appealing to me and though I’m sure the job would be dangerous, I reckon being undercover as a spy would also be really fun (I would not have wanted to do it during a war like Queenie though!).

10. Will Fitzgerald-The Diviners Series-Libba Bray-Museum Curator

Being a museum curator would be so interesting, obviously I would want to work for a historical museum rather than an arts or science one as that’s my area of interest but managing a museum’s collections sounds super interesting. Again, I probably wouldn’t do this in real life, as it requires higher degrees and so more studying, but if in a dream world I could do this job without those, then yes, I would definitely go for it.

So there we go, those are some Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had. Have you read any of these books? Would you like to? What fictional characters’ jobs would you like to have? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is a Spring Cleaning Freebie, now I’m not planning on doing an unhaul of my bookshelves any time soon, so instead, I’m going to look at Books I Added To My Goodreads TBR More Than Two Years Ago and see if I can clean up my Goodreads shelves!

58 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #305

  1. evelynreads1 02/03/2021 / 5:23 pm

    Great list!


  2. lindseyhabets 02/03/2021 / 6:20 pm

    These all sound like such interesting jobs! I’d definitely love to do something bookish, but being an artist would be awesome too!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks! Being an artist is mostly my dream of having any drawing talent whatsoever, which I don’t have, so a bookish job is probably more likely.

  3. Kappa 02/03/2021 / 7:33 pm

    I totally agree with historian and museum curator!

  4. Mareli Thalwitzer 02/03/2021 / 7:37 pm

    I think a curator and a historian can be a lot of fun yes!

    I’ve originally studied journalism, dis work in it very long and mostly free-lance. Life had a different path planned for me and I am grateful for that.

    Happy TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:18 pm

      They certainly sound like it! I’m glad you found a job path that worked better for you πŸ™‚

  5. StephC 02/03/2021 / 8:03 pm

    I love this! I think being a historian would also be really fun! (Plus Enrique is one of my favorite characters from that series!)

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you! It would be. And same, I love Enrique πŸ™‚

  6. FangirlFlax 02/03/2021 / 9:28 pm

    I’ve been seeing so many librarians today! We are sharing a collective brain cell, haha. Great post!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha yes, I think all book lovers do share a collective brain cell when it comes to book jobs πŸ™‚

  7. Helen 02/03/2021 / 9:34 pm

    Being a spy does sound fun, but maybe not during a war! I would love to be a historian or museum curator.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:17 pm

      Ha ha perhaps not. Me too, it would be so much fun, if I didn’t have to get an advanced degree to do either of them then I would seriously consider it.

  8. Alison Glass 02/03/2021 / 9:40 pm

    I would not so seriously like to be a spy, and very seriously like to be a baker! Great list!

  9. Leah's Books 02/03/2021 / 9:53 pm

    I’ve seen Egyptologist on a few lists this week, and it’s such an interesting choice. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:14 pm

      It just sounds so different and really fun! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you! So many choices, it’s easy to leave some out πŸ™‚

  10. Leslie 02/03/2021 / 11:11 pm

    Ohhh, to be a spy!!!! I would like that!

  11. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 02/03/2021 / 11:20 pm

    Ah, I loved Code Name Verity so much! Being a wartime spy sounds so dangerous, yet so amazing. I’d love any of the jobs to do with books!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:13 pm

      It’s such a good book! Yeah I probably would have been killed quite quickly, but it does sound very exciting.

  12. Jess @ Jessticulates 02/03/2021 / 11:48 pm

    Great list! Being an Egyptologist would be fascinating, I wish more schools in the UK did more on ancient history. I can remember learning about the Celts in primary school, but my two years of GCSE history were entirely focused on war in the 20th century and it was so very boring.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you! It would be. I definitely agree, I did about Greeks and Romans when I was in primary school but I’d love to have done more, I agree GCSE and A-Level History (and History degrees unless you specifically do an Ancient History degree) are very skewed towards Modern History.

  13. Greg 02/03/2021 / 11:56 pm

    I love history. If I could have a history job without going back to get an advanced degree and several years to do it I would. πŸ™‚ I think being a bookseller would be rewarding too in certain ways.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:09 pm

      Ha ha same! I love history and the idea of a job in it is awesome but I don’t really want to do a masters or a PhD. It definitely would!

  14. foreverlostinlit 02/03/2021 / 11:57 pm

    Oooh big yes to horse trainer! I absolutely love horses and would also love to have of my own someday. All of these sound like amazing occupations–although I’m not sure I’m suited to be a lawyer, haha, but otherwise I would try any of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 12:08 pm

      I do too, I’ve wanted to have my own horse since I was a kid, but obviously they’re very expensive! Ha ha I definitely don’t think I’d make a good criminal lawyer, but I think I could do well in other areas.

  15. Tulika 03/03/2021 / 2:24 am

    Bookish jobs are really the best and I love your idea of being a librarian. I really need to get to the Midnight Library. Everyone has been raving about it. Also, being horse trainer sounds so cool.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:57 am

      It would be a dream for me to have a job involving books. I hope you enjoy it. Yeah, I think it would be fun!

  16. Holliehocks 03/03/2021 / 6:46 am

    So many of these sound like so much fun! I also wish I was an artist…I love drawing and crafts, but I definitely don’t have the talent that many others have. And oh, working with horses would be cool!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:56 am

      Thanks! Ah I’m always so jealous of people who have any talent with art, or music, I love both but I’m not good at creating them-I suppose I will have to stick to appreciation! Yes, it would be πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:54 am

      It would be so cool! Tbh I would probably be in it more for the eating than the baking though ha ha!

  17. Catherine 03/03/2021 / 6:10 pm

    Being able to bake like the people on bake-off would be amazing. I wonder if any of them do open their own bakeries? I’ll have to look that up!

  18. amugofbooks 03/03/2021 / 6:52 pm

    I list spy in my TTT, and I was totally thinking of Queenie from Code Name Verity!!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:53 am

      Ha ha I think that’s a common reaction amongst bibliophiles.

  19. thebookishlibra 04/03/2021 / 2:28 am

    Fun picks! Baker, horse trainer, and being a spy all appeal to me as pretty cool jobs. πŸ™‚

  20. brookelorren 04/03/2021 / 4:25 am

    I’d love to be a historian, or volunteer at a library, or be an Egyptologist. I did work at a library for one semester in college (work-study job). I guess I’ll just have to settle to do those kinds of activities for fun (I’ve done volunteer transcription for the Smithsonian before, so I’m helping historians).

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:53 am

      Ah that sounds like fun, I’d love to do something like that!

  21. Davida Chazan 04/03/2021 / 7:21 am

    Lots of librarians and book sellers on these lists, but I think yours is the only one with an Egyptologist! (One list had a death dula, though!!!)

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:52 am

      Ha ha it’ll be the same book, Dawn had a second career as a death doula!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:52 am

      Yes me too! I’ve never been and always wanted to go.

  22. Jaime 05/03/2021 / 2:17 pm

    These are such cool ideas that I didn’t even think of! Anything with books or history or museums sounds like it could be fun to me. I’m not good enough to be an artist or a baker and being a spy would probably be a disaster, but it’s fun to imagine doing something like it!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/03/2021 / 11:34 am

      Thanks! Yes, they’re my idea of heaven. Ha ha I was definitely mostly thinking in a dream world for those ones, I don’t think I could actually do any of them in real life!

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