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Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and features a new top ten list each week.

This week’s topic is Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books. How fun! To sum it up, this is my time to swoooon over my favorite characters, which means the list is mostly men, of course (or, er, one man in particular…) But I also made sure to be fair and select some characters based on their morals, strengths and convictions, which allowed for a few girls to be included. See my list below:

Shahid Kapoor is my ideal Ren from The Tiger's Curse series.

  1. Ren from The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. Be still my beating heart. Ren… I really can’t help myself when it comes to him. He’s a prince who, over 300 years ago, was cursed to live (for what we can assume to be an eternity) in the guise of a white tiger – as was his brother, Kishan, the black tiger. I prefer Ren over Kishan because he is pretty much my idea of “the perfect man”. True, he has his faults, but thank goodness, these faults simply mean that he is human. He’s like Superman, one who would do anything to save those he loves. He’s a poet (Oh, how I would love to have him whisper sweet nothings in MY ear…). He is a gentleman, well mannered and well educated. And, of course, he is a H-O-T Indian prince!! I imagine him looking something like this. (I sure hope my husband doesn’t read this…)
  2. Ayla from The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. This pre-historic heroine has been through quite a lot in the Earth’s Children series, but never so much as she had to put up with in the first book, Clan of the Cave Bear. In this chapter of her life, she is orphaned as a young (possibly 5 year old) girl before she’s found by a clan of “neanderthals”. She is different from them in every way; she does not look like them, speak like them, or even know how to behave like them. While loved by her adoptive parents, she has to deal with keeping silent as “women should”, endure abuse and rape by other members of her clan, and keep secrets from those who she loves the most. I admire her for her ability to overcome all obstacles and her desire to go on even when life delivers the hardest of blows.
  3. Ren from The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. Did I mention that Ren turns into a white tiger? White tigers just so happen to be my absolute favorite animal of all time. And Ren is one, sooo… *triple heart love him!*
  4. Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I admired him for his final role in the book series, and I adored who he had become as a character, but when Alan Rickman brought Severus Snape to life in the movies I was officially sold. Snape’s story is more tragic, more heart warming, than even that of Harry Potter. As Harry said in the end, Snape “was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
  5. Ren from The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. Did I mention that Ren is poetic? I won’t spoil the actual poetry written “by Ren” in the books, but here is one example of the beauty of Ren’s words: “Love is not a consequence. Love is not a choice. Love is a thirst. A need as vital to the soul as water is to the body. Love is a precious draught that not only soothes a parched throat, but it vitalizes a man. It fortifies him enough that he is willing to slay dragons for the woman who offers it. Take that draught of love from me and I will shrivel to dust. To take it from a man dying of thirst and give it to another whilst he watches is a cruelty I never thought you capable of.”
  6. King Kong. He is one TOTALLY under-appreciated ape who deserves to be included in at least ONE of these lists!
  7. Ren from The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. Did I mention that Ren owns a MEGA yacht? No? Well, he does…. And there’s a whole lot more where that came from! (Yes, he’s rich!)
  8. Prince Ash from the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I admit, this is another swoony moment for me, but I doubt I was the only one who got all giddy when Harlequin Teen and Julie Kagawa decided to give us even more Ash love this past February with her Iron Fey Valentine. Have you not read that fantastic piece of feytastic fluff yet? Then hurry on up and read it!
  9. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Who doesn’t like Katniss? I’ll bet she makes the list for many other bloggers today. She deserves some respect for all that she had to put up with in all three books. I don’t know if I could handle it. I’d probably be one of the first of the fallen in the very first seconds of the Hunger Games.
  10. Ren from The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. Just because. Oh, and this: “I warn you, Kelsey, that I’m an extremely patient man. I’ve had extensive practice in waiting out the enemy. My life as a tiger has taught me that attentive persistence and focused diligence always pay off. Consider yourself forewarned, priyatama. I’m on the hunt. I’ve caught your scent, and I won’t be thwarted in my course.”

There’s my list, take it or leave it!
How about you? Do you have a favorite fictional character?


Top Ten Books With a Touch of Magic ~*

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we were asked to list our favorite book’s in any genre of our choice. I decided to list my favorite books involving magic. Be it magical witches, wizards, warlocks, fairies or seemingly normal people with magical powers… These are the stories that top my list (in no particular order):

The Iron KingTiger's CurseThe Truth Saga First TruthThe Hollows Dead Witch WalkingThe Near Witch
StardustHarry PotterCity of Glass Mortal InstrumentsThe Fairy GodmotherHowl's Moving Castle

  1. The Iron Fey Series (The Iron King) by Julie Kagawa
  2. The Tiger’s Curse Saga by Colleen Houck
  3. The Truth Saga (First Truth) by Dawn Cook (aka. Kim Harrison)
  4. The Hollows Series (Dead Witch Walking) by Kim Harrison
  5. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  6. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  8. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  9. The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms) by Mercedes Lackey
  10. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save in Case of a Fire

Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save in Case of Fire
(or Alien Abduction, Tornado, Flood, Nuclear Explosion…)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we were asked to list books that we could not part with, come hell or high water… These are my picks in the order that I’d grab them:

1. The Clan of the Cave BearBy Jean M. Auel – My number one book of all time. I have a first edition. I will not leave without it.

2. Les MisérablesBy Victor HugoMy number two book of all time. I can read this one over and over. Plus, I love the copy I have.

3. Ender’s Game – By Orson Scott Card – If you’re a frequent follower of my blog, you should know this one by now…

4-6. The Tiger’s Curse SeriesBy Colleen Houck I LOVE the series. LOVE IT. Plus, all of my copies are signed and the memory of getting them signed is very dear to me… The series will likely take over spots 7 and 8, as well, once the final two books are released. And if the incident occurred in my office at work, I would definitely have to retrieve my signed poster…

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – By Laini Taylor – Another signed edition. I love this story and have quickly become attached to the copy I have.

8. Harry Potter: Page to Screen  – By Bob McCabe – This behemoth… I still need to finish looking at it all! And I’m not giving it up until I do! (Which will likely be… oh… never!)

9. The Art of the Lion King – By Disney – This book made me want to become an animator as a child. Alas, the dream died in college (I am now a graphic artist and not an animator), but the book still holds a place in my heart. I also have The Art of Pocahantus.

10. The Fault in Our Stars – By John Green – This 2012 release has quickly made it’s way into my heart and it’s there to stay. (Oh, and like most of the first editions, it’s signed.)