The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I notice these days we all have book characters we relate to, or would be best friends with (I’m talking to you, Jo March), but how about when we were kids? What book characters did you pretend to be in your room? Who would have been your best friend as a kid?

I related to the shy kids when I was young. I didn’t have the highest self-esteem, so kids that overcame their shyness in one way or another really resonated with me. I thought I would give you a glimpse into my life as a kid, by sharing who I would have been best friends with.

1. MaryAnne from The Baby-sitters Club

Mary Anne was really shy as a kid. She worked hard every day to overcome this shyness every day. At times she seemed older than her 13 years, because she was the only one to have a boyfriend, and they kissed and everything. I remember even at that age that boys were really the last thing on my mind, but at the same time, I would have loved to have a good boyfriend like Mary Anne. He was understanding, and he never tried to force her out of her comfort zone.

2. Bella from Twilight

Bella is another shy character. I have come out of my shell quite a bit since working at my current job, but at heart I’m still an introvert that would rather stay home with a good book. Bella had friends, but she enjoyed spending time with Edward the most, which is how I feel about spending time with my husband.

3. Clary from Mortal Instruments

Clary is a redhead, need I say more? Probably not, but I will. Clary has no idea who she is, but she tries every day to find out, and when she finds out she’s really a badass, she doesn’t let it change her inside. I will probably never be a badass in the same way, but I love the idea that I don’t have to change my personality in order to be extraordinary.

4. Miranda from Sex & The City

So I’m basing this mostly on the Miranda from the HBO series, but despite my not being a hugely successful lawyer, my personality is quite like hers. She overthinks, she doesn’t want to cause conflict, and she’s a firey redhead. The only place she really likes to take charge is her job. She comes across as someone who is always put together, and always in control, but all she really wants is someone to come in and make her life a little easier.

5. Mae from The Circle

Mae tries so hard to fit in that sometimes her family and friends suffer. It’s been a long time, but I’ve been in this situation. I can’t guarantee that if my job were somewhere like the Circle, I wouldn’t do the same thing. The end of my journey would have been a little different, because she made mistakes that my personality just wouldn’t allow me to make, but I still admire her spirit, and her work to honestly make the world a better place.

6. Nina from The Bookshop on The Corner

Nina is, in many ways, my complete opposite. But the one thing that brings us together is our belief that if you don’t like reading, you haven’t found the right book. She considers herself a “book matchmaker,” and spends her life helping people find the right book. That’s kind of what I like doing with this blog.

7. Dana from 24/7

Dana has a daughter that she would do anything for. She is the epitome of Mama Bear, when she takes a role on a “survivor” type reality show. When the show is hijacked, and the lives of everyone are threatened, she finds her inner strength to keep going, even when everything looks bleak.

8. Bastian from The Neverending Story

I’m sorry, is this a book? If not, the movie is just fine for my purposes. Bastian seems to be afraid of everything, but he loves books so much he finds himself basically lost in one. When Fantasia is threatened, he finds in himself the strength to keep everything going. If I could use my imagination to rebuild an entire world, I would do it…wouldn’t you?

9. Harper from A Curse So Dark & Lonely

Harper is my spirit animal. She’s so strong, so capable, and so empowered. When her “prince” tells her not to do something, she finds a way to do it anyway. She doesn’t let “rules” hinder her from doing the right thing. Now, personally, I’m a rule-follower. I always have been. But Harper is my spirit animal in that I wish I could always do the right thing, even if it breaks “the rules.”

10. Izzy from The Sleepover

For the most part, I found Izzy to be a very bland and forgettable character. But her desire to shelter her son and let him spread his wings is very close to my heart. That’s what all parents try to do, and what I hope to someday do for my child. Shelter from the dangerous things of the world, but empower at the same time to spread his or her wings and fly with the eagles.

What is your list? Do you have book characters that you identify with? I’d love for you to share them below! Or write your own post and tag me!

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Until next time, bookworms!

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