Top Ten Tuesday! 07.31.2012

Top Ten Tuesday!


Top 10 Characters Zara Would Switch Places with for 24 Hours

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis


1. Shiloh from The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman:

Shiloh is an educated and former priestess who is powerful both in her fiery personality, confident sensuality, and deep knowledge of the dark arts. She has a great capacity to love as well as rebel against the status quo in order to fight for justice when necessary. She is a soothsayer, a healer, and helper to women who suffer in silence and fear.


2. A “Craker” from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:

A “Craker” is a member of an evolutionary species created by the brilliant, yet emotionless mind of “Crake,” which sets forth an impending apocalypse. The species are extremely intelligent with a gift for adaptability, has blue skin, communal instincts, and shows physical signs when in heat and ready for mating. They also has an ability to sing with what is compared to the sound of “angels.”


3. Arwen from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Arwen bears the Evening Star as the most beautiful of the last generation of High Elves in Middle Earth and the love of Aragorn from the first time he met her in Rivendell. They later committed themselves to marry one another on the mound of Cerin Amroth.


4. Celia Bowen from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

Celia Bowen, daughter of famous and renowned illusionist, Prospero the Enchanter, and Marco, orphan-turned-student of  The Man in the Grey Suit, Alexander H. She is a gifted illusionist and the main character in the novel known for her exceptional beauty and talent.


5. Date Bed from White Bone by Barbara Gowdy:

Date Bed is a young female elephant and member of the She-S family. She is the family’s “mind talker,” who is able to read the minds of not only elephants but of animals of other species. She is pleasant, eloquent, and soft-spoken, and aware of the fact that she loves a male elephant in a way that is unnatural for her species.


6. Sakamoto Chiyo (Sayuri) from Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden:

Chiyo is the main character of the book that becomes apprenticed into a household that trains young girls to become geisha. She is intelligent, full of youth, naiveté, and is known for her rare grey eye colour. After meeting the famous geisha Mameha, Chiyo, who is renamed Sayuri, becomes one of the most desirable geishas in Gion.


7. G. Willow Wilson from the memoir, The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson:

G. Willow Wilson gives a beautifully written and intimate, rare insight into the Muslim world as an American born woman who converts to Islam, learns and becomes fluent in Arabic, and fully assimilates and embraces the life, rituals, and spirituality of what it means to be a woman of two worlds: the east and the west.


8. Mila from I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovitz:

Mila is a devoted daughter of the private and reverent world of the strict Hasidic sect, the Satmar. She is humble, pious, and obedient in her reverent faith to her religious beliefs, the community, and her husband, Josef, until the hunger, passion, and desire for a child blinds her to acts of sin that drives her to madness.


9. The first blind man’s wife from Blindness by Jose Saramago:

The wife of the first blind man goes blind soon after helping her husband to the quarantine. Once inside, she also joins the first ward with the doctor and the doctor’s wife.


10. Bridget’s father from Strange Heaven by Lynn Coady:

Bridget’s father is secretly sentimental, witty, temperamental, irreverent, and has a variety of great retorts suffused with profanity that is brilliantly timed and outrageously hilarious.


Who are the book characters you would love to switch with for 24 hours?



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