Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that comes up with new prompts every week. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Book Nerds in Books!
Actually, I generally hate this in a book. Especially high-school books. Often times, the characters just prattle on about how their lives are like the lives of characters in books, how they love books, how they carry around books.. and then books are nowhere to be seen anywhere other than the character intro. I hate this! Like, “we just want you to like our character.. obviously you like reading if you’re reading this so THEY like reading, too!” And I don’t know if it’s me, but normally the shy, quirky bookworms are dumb as dirt. I’m sorry, but if you really loved books, you’d have a brain. Anyone else notice this trend?
But I digress! On occasion, having a book in a book is done right. Some such occasions are:
1) Gansey from The Raven Boys
If anyone ever doth love a book in a book, it was Gansey. That’s why this one was first. Let me share a quote that I loved from the book that emphasizes this.
Blue accepted the journal and flipped it open. The journal didn’t immediately choose a page to open to; it was so well-worn and well-stuffed that every page claimed seniority. It finally split down the middle, obeying gravity instead of use.
There are a lot of good quotes about this book. I chose the shortest because I know you’re probably visiting multiple blogs today, but if you want to see more, I did a Thursday Quotables feature on it here. My review of The Raven Boys is here.
And I’m jealous of Gansey. Someday I hope to find a book that I love so much I wear it to shreds reading it. Ideas, anyone?
2) Todd from The Knife of Never Letting Go
Okay, so anyone who’s ever read this book might be a little confused. After all, Todd can’t read. But he carries his mother’s journal with him everywhere he goes, and when he is finally able to understand it, he’s completely fascinated by the reading. Also I love this book. So it’s in there for that, too. Because I’m biased.
3) Mim from Mosquitoland
I just finished this one and will be reviewing it (with several stars) soon. Mim is a high-school book lover done right. She’s not reading at any time during the book, but she references actual substance in novels several times, so she gets a pass. Also, over the course of the book she’s found writing letters to Isabel in her journal and she talks books with the people she meets.
4) Artemis is Artemis Fowl
Nerd is maybe the wrong word for Artemis. Obsessed might be a better word. But if you had a book that was likely to regain your family’s lost fortune and save your mother from madness, you’d be obsessed, too. I loved this book as a child; it was one of my favorites. I might re-read it for reviews soon.
5) Bod in The Graveyard Book
I’ll admit that for this one I’m straying a little from book substance into book mentions, but Bod was undoubtedly a nerd. This one’s another re-read for review for me: an old favorite. I loved Bod and his attitude towards everything in this book. At one point, he’s called a freak and asked why he’s not making any friends at school. He responds that he’s not at school to make friends, he’s there to learn. If that’s not a nerd, I don’t know what is.
So tell me about your top tens! I had a little trouble this week, but I’m sure there are plenty of book within books. I’m always up for recommendations!
Love that you have Mim on this list because she is one of my faves!
That was definitely an interesting read!
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LOL your reason for including Todd is definitely justified. Viola reading to Todd feels; so real.
Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.
EVERYTHING in that book felt so real! Patrick Ness just has a way with my soul, you know?
Artemis was on my list too this week. I almost put Gansey on my list but changed my mind.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/top-ten-tuesday-15/
Artemis Fowl was always one of my favorites. I’ve reread it several times! Did you leave Gansey out because the book obsession was more about the ley lines than the book itself?
I’ve only read the series once, but it is one of my favourites. Yeah, that was it.
A wonderful set of choices! I cannot relate to any of the characters, but I still loved reading this post and your explanations! Bookworms in books are also something that I feel is just thrown in there for the sake of the reader being able to relate. xoxo
I know! I hate it when they do that, especially when it’s obviously not true. I once read a book where the writer basically named a collection of the main character’s favorite books, and they were all classics, implying that the MC SHOULD be a fairly educated person. But then she ends up not only completely shallow, but dumber than dirt. Oooh if only I was a blogger when I read that one. It would have been such a satisfying rant.
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I genuinely have not noticed that trend. 0_0 Sounds annoying though. I do notice, sometimes, that bookworms are introduced but then go on to have physical adventures instead of reading, which I feel ODD about because it almost is saying that “reading adventures isn’t as good as having them” and I politely disagree. hmm. ANYWAY. XD I can’t believe I totally forgot about Gansey *facepalm*
Works out well for me, though! I read your TTT before I did my own, and although Gansey was on my mind, I’d have felt weird using him if you did first. Next time I find a book with a truly annoying faux-bookworm I’ll be sure to introduce you!