Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Would be Sitting at My Lunch Table

Another Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday! This week is back to school themed, which characters would we want sitting at our lunch table?

Charles Wallace Murry, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“Thinking I’m a moron gives people something to feel smug about,” Charles Wallace said. “Why should I disillusion them?”

― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

A five-year-old boy, whom everyone thinks is stupid but is actually a genius. He can read people like books, their thoughts and feelings. He is brave and caring and he got to travel through space and time!

Clarisse McClellan, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“You’re not like the others. I’ve seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that.”

― Clarisse McClellan

Clarisse is a girl who who likes to take walks at night and observe the world. She is a thinker and a reader in a time when thinking and reading are against the law. She is different from everyone else. She is a free spirt. I would love to meet her.

Tyler Durden, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”

― Tyler Durden

I don’t even know where to start. Tyler Durden’s ideas on consumerism, death, and our place in the grand scheme of the universe are very interesting to me. I would also like to know how he feels about women joining Project Mayhem.

Jonas, The Giver by Lois Lowery

“Things could change, Gabe,” Jonas went on. “Things could be different. I don’t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents,” he added, staring through the dimness toward the ceiling of his sleepingroom. “And everybody would have the memories.”

“You know the memories,” he whispered, turning toward the crib.

“Gabe?”

“There could be love,” Jonas whispered.”

― Lois Lowry, The Giver

Jonas to me seemed like such a little sweetheart. He was only 11 years old but he caring and thoughtful. He wanted his friends and family to be happy. He cared for his whole community even though there were rules he didn’t agree with. When he learned more about the past and about feelings from the Giver before him he realized that there had been a price they all had paid for being so organized. He though maybe things could be different. Maybe they could have love too.

Winston Smith, 1984 by George Orwell

“Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

― Winston Smith, 1984

It’s been awhile since I’ve read 1984 but it as always been one of my favorites. Like most of the other characters I would sit down to lunch with Winston lives in a world where thinking is bad, where being different is bad, and where love does not exist. he wants things to be different though and sets out to find out why things are the way the are. It might sound weird but I would love to sit down with Winston the way he was at the end of the book. I would love to talk to him and comfort him. My heart breaks for him.

Simon, Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Simon, walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity—a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountain-top, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samneric. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human, at once heroic and sick.

― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Simon was the only really good one on that island! He is the one who sees that the beast is really just all the bad part of ourselves. This book makes me so angry sometimes but it’s only because Simon is right. We are the evil in the world and it is because of that that things can never just be good and peaceful.

Piscine Patel, Life of Pi by Yann Martel

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.”

― Yan Martel

A character with the nickname Pi! A character who want to explore all religions, even Atheism, a lack of religion! He grew up in a zoo, as the son of the zoo keeper, and survives being lost at sea, with a tiger! Of course I want to have lunch with him!

Mr. Wednesday, American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I told you I would tell you my names. This is what they call me. I’m called Glad-of-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-Eyed. I am called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and I am the Hooded One. I am All-Father, and I am Gondlir Wand-Bearer. I have as many names as there are winds, as many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn, Thought and Memory; my wolves are Freki and Geri; my horse is the gallows.
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This book was amazing but it left me with so many questions. Questions i think Mr. Wednesday has all the answers too. I would love to sit with him and talk about the history of the world and of the gods. Maybe I would ask him to bring along Mr. Nancy, the trickster and storyteller, to make lunch a bit more interesting.

Roland Deschain, The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

“There was a boy…
There was no boy.”

— Roland

The last gunslinger, how awesome is that! Roland is a very serious man but I would have loved to meet him when he was young. When he was innocent and still training to become a gunslinger. Before his world came crashing down Roland seemed to care about his family, friends, and community. He just wanted to be a hero.

Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

After inviting all those serious characters to the table, I think I should invite along Calvin and his adorable stuffed tiger Hobbes to lighten the mood. I would love to hear them playing and wrestling. Calvin would be complaining about the food and the school work for sure. I would ask them for about their philosophies on the world and current events. They are very preceptive you know, for a five year old and a stuffed toy tiger.

So those are my invites. There were many more and it was difficult to narrow it down just to ten. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go re-read every one of these books. :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

I had never heard of the The Broke and the Bookish before but this morning I read a post over on Part Time Monster titled “TOP TEN TUESDAY: 10 Books I Want to Read but Don’t Yet Own”. I thought it was a neat idea and wanted to come up with a list of my own.

Apparently The Broke and the Bookish do a weekly feature called Top Ten Tuesday. They post a new top 10 list and everyone is invited to join and create their own. All the top 10 lists are centered around books and since I LOVE BOOKS I think I might even try to make this a weekly thing.

It is very hard for me to just choose 10 books I want to read but don’t own! Over on Goodreads I have a “to-read” list of over 200 books! I will try my best to narrow it down though. So here are my top 10 books I want to read but don’t yet own (because I’m poor):

1. Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

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Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. In the follow-up to Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about these to books from artists in the blogging world. I used to draw a lot and even tried, and failed miserably, at doing a little drawing everyday. I think these books would help me become a better artist and getting my work out there.

2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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A powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live . . . and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better.

I’m new to the world of Zen and philosophy and in any search I do on books I should read this one pops up. I have heard that the story presents some complicated ideas but in such a way that any reader can understand. It’s also supposed to be very well written. I would love to read it for myself.

3. Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human by Jesse Bering

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Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?

Funny, yet thought-provoking, science book about weird questions and sex stuff. Why wouldn’t I want to read this???

4. Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash

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This collection of Ash’s essays from the last decade reveals his knack for ferreting out exceptional insights into a troubled world, often on the basis of firsthand experience. Includes essays on Islam and freedom, Orwell as an informer, the Lives of Others and Gunter Grass in the Waffen-SS.

I’ve heard every good things about this book!

5. Factotum by Charles Bukowski

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Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.

I saw the movie awhile back and I found it weird but in a good way. Going off of the assumption that “the book is always better” I’ve add this to my list of must-reads!

6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”

I picked this up off a Barnes and Noble “recommended” shelf awhile back and the synopsis intrigued me. I was there to buy other books so I didn’t get it that day but is has been on my mind ever since. Maybe the next time I’m out book shopping I will pick it up.

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

Little Women has always been one of my very favorite movies. One of the very few “chick flicks” I enjoy watching. I’ve wanted to read the book ever since I was a teenager but just never got around to it. I see it in stores all the time being sold for $7 or less but I just never buy it. I have to get this next time too!

8. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

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Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard case. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are the same person.

Another one of my favorite movies! This was twisted and kept me on the edge of my seat. The book has got to be amazing too!

9. Y The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

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This is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

I actually own a few books from this graphic novel series and so far it has been an amazing read. I added it because I really, really want to buy the rest of the series but money.

10. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

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Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.”

Another graphic novel series of which I own just the first few books but would love to buy the rest. I started reading it because it got such rave reviews EVERYWHERE. I have to admit I felt a bit let down at first, it’s good but not as good as I thought it would be. I like it enough to buy the rest of the books though and I hope it gets better as the story moves along.

So there you have it, my list of books I wish I could buy but I can’t because I’m broke. Writing this has been a bit depressing but I think some book shopping is in order this weekend to cheer me up! :)