If you are reading this blog post, chances are you are a confirmed bibliophile. That’s good, because we are confirmed bibliophiles, too! Hence the working in a library thing. As lovers of books, we tend to appreciate when we meet other lovers of books on the page–librarians, bookshop owners, or just the average teenage book-aholic. Here are ten titles where you may find a kindred, book-loving spirit in a fictional character.
AJ Fikry from The Storied LIfe of AJ Fikry: This is the kind of book I shouldn’t read at night. I got so caught up in the lives of AJ, Amelia, and Maya that I couldn’t stop, and I regretted my novel hangover the next day. Sort of. AJ is a curmudgeon hiding a huge heart who has very deep and specific tastes in books and people. But as his circle grows, he grows in unexpected ways, and it brings both joy and heartache to those who love him.
Dog from Dog Loves Books: Dog loves books so much, he decides to open his own bookstore.
Peggy and James from the Giant’s House: McCracken’s debut novel features a lonely, acerbic spinster librarian who finds a surprising and unique love for a singular character over the reference desk at the library.
Kyra from The Chosen One: Kyra is marked for a bleak future–marriage to a much older man in her polygamous community. She begins to see a world outside of her heavily regimented existence through access to a bookmobile. Kyra’s story is somehow tragic and triumphant at the same time.
Mr. Perdu from The Little Paris Bookshop: Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared.
Catherine Moreland from Northanger Abbey: Did you know Jane Austen wrote a parody of gothic novels? She did. The heroine of Northanger Abbey is a little obsessed with reading darkly romantic tales that were popular at the time–so obsessed that she nearly ruins her chance at true love by projecting dark fantasies on his family.
Liesel from The Book Thief: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Meggie from Inkheart:An evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in Meggie’s living room.
Morris Morgan from Work Song: Ten years after The Whistling Season, Morrie Morgan lands in Butte, Montana, on the run from gangsters who think he’s gotten away with something. Butte has it’s own set of troubles, though, not the least of which is the Anaconda Copper Mining Company that resorts to underhanded measures to acquire land. Bookish Morrie lands a job in the local library and gets tangled in the lives of the residents.
Joan Skraggs from The Hired Girl: Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself–because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of–a woman with a future.