Top Ten Tuesday – Characters At My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello!!! I hope everyone (in America) had a nice Labor Day, and that everyone else had a productive and easy Monday yesterday. 🙂

I’m back on my Top Ten Tuesday roll with this week’s edition: Top ten book characters that would be sitting at my lunch table. A great big THANKS to The Broke and the Bookish blog that comes up with these topics.

Before I get to the list, I have to preface it with a little more info about myself and who I was in school.


No way around it, and I’m not ashamed, so many of my favorite characters in books would never have sat at my lunch table – they’re just too cool or outgoing for my tastes (another reason I like secondary characters so much). So, I’m going to go with characters who are a bit awkward, nerdy, teased, and unpopular, because that’s mostly how I was in school. 

Okay… to the list!


1. Hermione Granger – Yep. She’s basically me except much more gutsy, but she and I share a love of learning, knowledge, and looking out for other people who don’t know how to look out for themselves. I think she and I would get along very well, unless we got into a serious debate over classes. 

2. Anne Shirley – It was a toss-up between her and Hermione over who would be first and honestly, they’re both about the same in my book for top spot. Anne is also a bit nerdy, though a starry-eyed romantic and book lover. Again, I think we’d get along famously because of how odd she is (to her classmates and the town she lives in), and would be able to commiserate.

3. Matilda – from Roald Dahl’s “Matilda.” She’s quiet, puts up with a difficult family (mine is awesome!), loves to read, and loves her teacher. I was always a teacher’s pet. Not because I sucked up, but because I did all my work and was a good student. Her love of reading alone would be enough to have her at my table. Between the two of us, we’d have stacks of books weighing the table down.

4. John Watson – from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. John is a doctor (I’m a physical therapist), and cares a lot about people, which is a great antithesis to Sherlock’s sociopathic limitations. John is the calm to Sherlock’s storm, which I’m told is a trait I have. Fairly steady and low-key. I get all my aggression and energy out when I exercise and in my writing. I’d love to sit down and talk with John.

5. Jo March – from Little Women. Although she’s much more outgoing than I am, she is a writer and is passionate for her craft. Our personalities may be different, but our passions are very similar.

6. Suzy – from Calvin and Hobbes. Suzy cracks me up! She’s just as smart as Calvin (sometimes more so), and is able to take him down a peg when he gets overbearing. Not only that, but Hobbes likes her! Suzy is a nerdy, lovable little girl. She definitely makes the list.

7. Anne Elliot – from Persuasion. She’s so much like me it’s scary. Introverted, intelligent, slips behind the drama to keep things peaceful, is loyal to a fault. Man, I’m really an awesome person, aren’t I? 🙂 If you’ve read Persuasion, you know Anne has plenty of faults, but she’s my favorite Austen heroine, probably because I see so much of myself in her.

8. Mortimer Lightwood – from Charles Dickens’ “Our Mutual Friend.” This is one of my all time favorite Dickens books, and his characters are awesome. Mortimer is a lawyer and often the conscience of a group of characters. He’s also the storyteller in the book, and he’s truly concerned for the best interests of everyone involved in the story. Though he’d probably be a bit more dapper than me, I’d still like to have him at my lunch table.

9. Gandalf – from Lord of the Rings. He’s so wise! (I’m not saying I am). I could see him at my lunch table with his peculiar brand of humor and all the knowledge he’s gained in the thousands of years he’s lived. I want him there just for my own desire to learn from him (if he were real). 

10. The Doctor – If I have to explain who he is, I’m sorry for that. And although he’s not a book character, I’m breaking the rules for him. I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to sit down and chat with him considering how old he is and how much he’s been through. And despite how popular his show is right now, he’s still basically a nerd. Sometimes in disguise, but I think he’d love to sit at my table of randomness and all the characters that would fit into my group. He’d have a ball and so would I!


Welp, what do you think? Do you agree/disagree with my choices? Who would you pick to sit at your lunch table? 

Happy writing!


“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.” 
― Violet Haberdasher

“I think, that if the world were a bit more like ComicCon, it would be a better place.” 
― Matt Smith

“Never apologize for being nerdy, because unnerdy people never apologize for being assholes.” (Pardon the language!! It’s his, not mine). 🙂
― John Barrowman FandomFest 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s that day again! Top Ten Tuesday, presented by the fabulous people at The Broke and the Bookish blog

This week’s sweet topic is the top ten characters I’d want with me on a deserted island. This will be so hard to narrow it down to just ten! Urgh! But here it goes!


1. Legolas Greenleaf from Lord of the Rings – Not only is he one of my favorite LOTR characters, but he’s deadly with a bow and arrow, and he can sense things that mortals cannot. Plus, he’s pretty easy on the eyes, too. 😉

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter – No offense to Harry, but Hermione is the much more talented witch/wizard. Harry has the heart, but Hermione has the brains. If I’m stuck on a deserted island, brains is more important, and that’s a fact. (And come on, couldn’t she just make a portkey or something and zap us all back home if we needed it?)

3. John Watson from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock is awesome, but John is loyal, funny, and strong. All good traits when stuck somewhere you shouldn’t be. He was also a soldier, which means he knows a lot of survival tricks. (Think the original Sherlock Holmes from the 1800s). He’d be invaluable on a deserted island.

4. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – Okay, seriously, how useful would they be? First of all, they can talk, so they’d be good company. And they’d be able to talk to any other animals on the island. AND, they can build dams and/or other log structures for shelter! An obvious choice to me.

5. Gimli from Lord of the Rings – An axe-wielding dwarf with a sense of humor? Not someone I’d cross on a bad day, but definitely someone to lighten the mood when it’s called for. 

6. Hope Ladley from Forevermore – It’s a Christian RomCom, so I don’t know how many of you have read the book, but Hope is a chipper, down-home, illiterate, itinerant cook with a donkey named Hattie who wears a large hat. It’s hilarious! Hope can cook ANYTHING so it’d be nice to have someone with a wide knowledge of cooking techniques and what tastes good. I’m talking good old-fashioned southern food, too. Mmm!!! Plus, she’s hilarious and always mangles idioms, but they still make sense when she says them. A great character, and a great person to have in a pinch.

7. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables – Not only is she my favorite literary heroine of all time, but she and I have a lot in common. I think we’d be great friends, and it’d be nice to have someone to talk to when on a desert island. We’d both get into so much accidental trouble, nobody would believe what we’d done!

8. John Jarndyce from Bleak House – Honestly, just an all-around nice guy who would do anything for anybody to keep them happy. Even at his own expense and happiness. I adore this character, and I’d like to have him around just to talk to him about everything that happened to him.

9. The Dinosaur from Danny and the Dinosaur – This was one of my all time favorite children’s books growing up, and having a nice dinosaur on an island full of who knows what could be very helpful. Plus, he could reach really tall trees or hills if we were too short to get something that was just out of reach. Yep. A dinosaur would be super useful.

10. Anne Elliot from Persuasion – Anne is quiet, but she’s practical and gets crap done! Plus, she’s loyal and friendly and puts the needs of others above her own. She’d probably be one of the first people to think of how to make a shelter or signal for help. 


There they are! My top ten characters to be stuck with on a deserted island. There are a ton more that I think would be great, but these stick out above the rest. 

Who would you like to have with you? 

Happy writing!