Talk Nerdy to Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so I obviously love this feature!

Top Ten Book Nerd Characters

The Classic Book Nerds

“Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, 
and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, 
for till that was finished she could find no peace.”
Josephine March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“What would life be like without her writing? 
Writing filled her life with beauty and mystery, gave it life... and promise.”
Betsy Ray in The Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hard Lovelace

"Oh, I must write, Aunt Elizabeth," said Emily gravely, 
folding her slender, beautiful hands on the table and looking straight into 
Aunt Elizabeth's angry face with the steady, unblinking gaze 
which Aunt Ruth called unchildlike. "You see, it's this way. It is in me. I can't help it. 
And Father said I was always to keep on writing. He said I would be famous some day. 
Wouldn't you like to have a famous niece, Aunt Elizabeth?"
Emily Starr in The Emily Series by L.M. Montgomery

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. 
She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. 
Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.
Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

“When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, 
so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. 
It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.”
Cassandra Mortmain in I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Current Book Nerds

“I see this land flowing with books, Father. Widespread literacy. 
Books everywhere, as common as they used to be in circulation before the Crossing, 
affordable even for the poor.”
Kelsea Glynn in The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

“I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.”
Celaena Sardothien in The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

“I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, 
figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.”
Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan in The Help by Kathryn Stockett

"I have been reading and reading many books.
I know if I ever get word who they might belong to I should give them back
so I am trying to read as much as possible in case that happens soon,
but I would be sad to have to do that.
I must never forget to be grateful for the gift of these books."
Sarah Agnes Prine in These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

"Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. 
It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes 
of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. 
It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen. 
With wonder, she smiled. That such a room existed!"
Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


  1. Great picks and I love the layout of this post! I haven't read some of these actually, but they are on my TBR. All the more reason to pick them up! Love your color scheme, btw! How do you make your headers?

  2. you're the first person i saw to mention Eugenia! I COMPLETELY forgot her when writing up my list for this week! great post!
    Emily @

  3. I LOVED your inclusion of quotes from the books! What a great idea! I also love your list!

  4. Great picks! I only had a couple of the same ones for my Top Ten Tuesday post. I haven't read all of these, so I'll be adding some to my TBR list. I liked that you included quotes; I only included a couple quotes because I couldn't remember/find direct quotes from most books. I like the circle pictures of the books. It's unique.

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

  5. Jo March and Cassandra! Oh I love Jo March, I always wanted to be her <3 I love the Tree Grows in Brooklyn quote, it's been so long since I've read the book. And Celaena is THE current book worm! Besides Hermione that is. Great list Hannah!

  6. What a fabulous list, H! I'd like to be best friends with all of these ladies, please and thank you, even the ones I have yet to meet ;) I love that you decided to focus on female book nerds!

  7. Ahhhh, I love how you shared quotes from the books! They're all so wonderful. Celaena and Liesel made my list as well. Love both of these book nerds. And I STILL need to read Little Women.


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