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Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) That I’d Name My Children After

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Hosted by the awesome folks as The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme celebrating all things book.

This week, it’s all about great characters with great names. Names that you like enough to potentially inflict on your children. These are the top ten characters/literary peeps that I’d theoretically name my kids after:

Let me preface this by saying I met a guy called Oberon the other day. Hem. And that’s not what I’m looking to inflict on my theoretical children. (Mostly…)

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I don’t think I could call my daughter Vin. But I love the name Elend for a boy. Although, again, probably not Kelsier for a boy. Also, have you read the Mistborn series yet? If you love high fantasy with strong characters, a plot that just keeps escalating when you don’t believe it can, and hands-down the best magic system I’ve ever seen – what are you waiting for?! SO GOOD.

Sabriel

I’ve always wanted to call a kid Sabriel. Or maybe Lirael? They’re just lovely names! And the fact that this is a less well-known series means not too many people would get the connection, and I’d just be really cool. Right?!

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In a series the size of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time there are going to be a fair few character names to choose from. For my part, I’d be happy with a girl called Egwene or Nynaeve, or even Moiraine (I actually love Moiraine!) But not so impressed with a boy called Rand. Or Perrin. Or even Lan – way too easy to tease people called Rand or Lan!

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Avry is an excellent name! For an AMAZING character. And I’d love it – for a girl or a boy. I also think Loren and Quain are awesomesauce names. But I don’t think I could inflict them on a child. Maybe Quain for a girl if I was a little mean…

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Not so much for the Katniss factor. Everybody’s gonna have a Katniss, like all these small humans running around called Hermione. But I think Gale makes a fine boy’s name.

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I just like the name Clary – it’s actually a normal name, especially compared to the others on this list, which makes sense as City of Bones is modern urban fantasy. (Make that, kick-ass modern urban fantasy!) Also Jace. Because Jace.

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Again, Austen names are classic (see, I said this list wasn’t going to be all about inflicting childhood scars!). I’d love a Jane, or an Elizabeth, or an Anne – with the ‘e’ at the end. I insist! And I’m back and forth on whether a boy called Darcy is a bit cute or a bit awful – or a bit both…

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I’m reading the (freaking awesome) Gameboard of the Gods at the moment, and the Praetorian female protagonist, Mae, is just fantastic. Also Mae is a family name, so I could totally get away with that for real! The male lead, Justin, is pretty messed up and great too…

One Day

Because Dexter is a great name for a boy. Dammit, that’s a normal and boring reason. If it helps, I’d be reluctant to do this because of the TV show Dexter. Just a little too creepy for me…

Name of the Wind

Oh, well. Not really, I guess… But I TOTALLY want a kid called Kvothe because Kvothe and The Name of the Wind are both made of awesome and I’d like to think that’d rub off on the child lucky enough to bear his name. A girl called Kvothe might just work, don’t you think??

What names would you like to inflict on give to your future kids? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

I owe a reader’s debt to The Wheel of Time and Robert Jordan. By which I mean that I don’t think I’d love fantasy nearly as well as I currently do without the influence of Jordan’s world.

I’d like to introduce this series with one paragraph, as the books themselves do:

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This opening gives me shivers, because it is the gateway to a rich, layered, insanely intricate story that has taken fourteen books, two authors, and twenty years to tell. Even though the story drags a little around the middle, the Wheel of Time will always be a series I admire and thoroughly enjoy. And Brandon Sanderson brings it home so, so well that I’m sure Robert Jordan would have been proud.

Have you read any of the Wheel of Time? Or Brandon Sanderson’s own work? (Please do, if you haven’t. You will not regret it!)

(Picture credit goes to daesdaemar on Tumblr.)

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

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Hosted by the awesome folks as The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme celebrating all things book.

This week we’re looking at those books. You know the ones. They lured you in with a sexy cover, an exciting premise, or an enticing price. And as much as you wanted them, as much as you intended to read them – as much as you still mean to read them – they’re sitting dejectedly on your shelf, untouched.

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

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Sounds like fabulous YA/dystopia, but although I have two of these on my shelf I’ve never got around to them. I plead slight dystopia weariness, and very easy distractibility!

Dreameaters

Gifted to me by a friend, I have every intention of reading this intriguing book.

Knife (2)

Another series I’ve heard good things about, and interests me a lot. It’ll happen, eventually!

wonder

This has come to me with the highest praise from more than a few people. Goodness only knows why I’ve still not managed to get to it. I keep getting sidetracked by fantasy novels!

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I really enjoyed the first two books in Westerfield’s Uglies series, and I think he’s one of the best writers in YA Dystopia currently. I’ll get back to his world.

gonegirl

This was one of those novels that everyone raved about. And I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll try again because I hate not being able to appreciate something with such a stellar reputation, but something just wasn’t working for me at the time.

ontheroad

I’ve always planned to read Kerouac, and this has been on my shelf for a few years now. I’m sure I’ll read it right after I finish that YA Fantasy… and that other Fantasy. And that Crime novel. Ahem.

CoKings

Maybe it’s because it’s not as good as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (hey, I’m allowed to think that!). Maybe it’s because I hate having all my favourite characters mercilessly killed off. Either way, I couldn’t get into George R R Martin’s second instalment, so, for now at least, that and the rest of the series sit quietly on my shelves. Judging me…

graceling

Another YA Fantasy with a great reputation, that often catches my eye from my shelves. Each time I go “That’s right, I’m totally reading that next!” … And then I accidentally don’t.

earthsea

This series has been beloved for a long time, and I occasionally have people surprised that I haven’t yet read it. It’s ready for me, on the shelf with the rest of these worthy, tragically un-read books. I’m getting to it…

I’m not the only one whose book-buying eyes are bigger than her… well, eyes I guess? I buy so many books (hazard of the day job, yo) and I actually stress about the fact that there are SO MANY BOOKS I want to read, and that there’s never enough time!

Tell me, what are those books you brought home, lovingly, with the best of intentions, and that now sit on your shelves, forlorn, wondering what they did wrong?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR list

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Hosted by the awesome folks as The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme celebrating all things book.

This week, it’s all about upcoming Spring Autumn reads – because like The Moonlight Library, I’m an Aussie. Here’s what I can’t hardly wait for:

Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR List

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A Crown of Swords – by Robert Jordan

Crown2Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is true Fantasy royalty – and rightly so. The Wheel of Time is what George R R Martin is aspiring to with his Game of Thrones series at the moment. The first volume of the series, The Eye of the World, was released in 1990, although Robert Jordan began writing it in 1984.

Before the series could be completed, Jordan passed away in 2007. Prior to his death he and his wife Harriet McDougal approached Brandon Sanderson, himself an emerging (and AMAZING) fantasy author, to help finish Jordan’s story with the aid of the late author’s notes. A Memory of Light, the fourteenth and final book in the Wheel of Time series, was released in January 2013, concluding a tale that has been nearly thirty years in the telling.

I’ve read the series many times, but not for a while. In celebration of the release of the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, I’ve started on book seven and will read through to the end. I am a huge fan of not only The Wheel of Time but also Brandon Sanderson’s own fantasy work (such as The Way of Kings and the Mistborn series). Revisiting a series I’ve enjoyed as much and for as long as The Wheel of Time is a great experience: exciting and nostalgic at the same time. Lord, I’m Still Not Sure What I Stand For:

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