Top Ten Character Names I Love


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m a name nerd who spends hours upon hours looking at baby names for characters, electronics, and anything else I can name (usually because I can’t find a damn name I like), so this week’s theme is PERFECT for me to jump into Top Ten Tuesday regularly with. I feel like I’m going mad having two reviews a week and nothing else. I want to have more fun! That’s what blogging is supposed to be, right? Anyway, my top ten favorite character names with reasons why that will probably make you laugh at me:

1. Esme Rockett (Sister Mischief by Laura Goode)- First off, I think Esme is a gorgeous name. It reminds me of jewels. Second, HER LAST NAME IS ROCKETT. Rockets are awesome enough, but it looks even better with that extra t on the end just chilling. Changing/adding/subtracting just one letter from a name can make a huge difference in how I perceive it. The girl is a rockstar (actually, she’s a rapper, but you know what I mean) with a name like that.

2. Katharine Tulman (The Dark Unwinding/A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron)- I’m very picky with how the name is spelled–I prefer Katherine and typically revile all spellings of it that start with a C–and at first glance, the spelling here bothered me because WRONG WRONG WRONG. Unlike most alternate spellings of names, this one grew on me and I really, really like it now.

3. Eleanor Fitt (Something Strange and Deadly/A Darkness Strange and Lovely/Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard)- Okay, so I didn’t like Eleanor’s book so much (I still want to read on in the series because I have a good feeling about it), but I love her name. Eleanor is typically not a favorite of mine because it’s a little too retro for my tastes, but pairing it with Fitt as a surname made it work for me all of a sudden. A too-sweet older name balanced out by a curt, harsh surname. Yesss.

4. Vanessa Adler (Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black)- I didn’t like this book either and I’m far from alone in not liking it, but Vanessa is another favorite name. It looks so pretty and sounds so smooth when you say it and– You know what? Let’s cut that off there before this turns into a love letter to that name. Now that I think about it, I like an unusual number of names where the surname is significantly shorter than the character’s given name. I think it gives a nice effect of balance to a name.

5. Audrey Whitticomb (Dark Star/Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette)- Confession: Audrey is one of my favorite names. I could fill in any novel with a character named Audrey in this slot. Like most, I associate it with the glamorous Audrey Hepburn and even on its own, the name Audrey looks fancy. If I were a more outgoing girl who dug all the fancier things in life, I’d want my name to be Audrey because it fits so perfectly.

6. Briony (Chime by Franny Billingsley)- It’s not a name I would use myself, but I LOVE the name Briony whether it’s spelled that way or spelled as Bryony. It sounds lovely and it looks pretty too. Not necessarily neat, but unusual and lovely that way.

7. Every princess’s name in Entwined by Heather Dixon- There’s Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Eve, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily. Seeing as there are twelve of them, I had to squeeze them all into one number because they would have made up the entire damn list otherwise. I’m really fond of nature-like names and though the cast has a questionable name in Kale, I genuinely like all the princesses’ names. What can I say? I have a weakness for nature names.

8. Alona Dare (The Ghost and The Goth/The Queen of the Dead/Body & Soul by Stacey Kade)- Rarely is a character’s name so perfect for them. Alona comes off as a preppy name to me and Alona is pretty to the extreme. Good God, this girl. Also a good, unique name for a cheerleader, which she also is. Dare works as a verb and as a mutilated descriptor. There’s little she doesn’t dare to do.

…Hey, I had to make a pun somewhere in this post. Deal with it.

https://i1.wp.com/d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1371053613l/13626692.jpg9. Julie Beaufort-Stuart (Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein)– Can’t say much about this one for reasons, but it sounds so regal and royal and matches its character perfectly even if we don’t learn it until… Nope. Nope. Not gonna say it.

10. Nikki Beckett (Everneath/Everbound/Evertrue by Brodi Ashton)- It’s got such a nice, bouncy rhythm when you say it, Nikki Beckett, Nikki Beckett, Nikki Beckett,… All those k sounds together sound nice instead of harsh and it’s pleasing to the eyes.

Now indulge my name-nerdiness. What did y’all come up with? I want to see! Feel free to tell me whether or not I made sense in the reasoning for any of my picks too.

Ashleigh

Top Ten Tuesday: Week 49


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Usagi’s Top Ten of 2013 so far!

USAGI:

This is really hard for me since I have approximately 81 shelved under “best of ’13” on GR already, but here’s what I finally picked because of reasons. So, without further ado, and in no particular order:

tttbestof2013juneusagi1. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan

2. “Pantomime” by Laura Lam

3. “Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)” by Marissa Meyer

4. “Hemlock Grove” by Brian McGreevy

5. “Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)” by RL LaFevers

6. “Charm & Strange” by Stephanie Kuehn

7. “Siege & Storm (Grisha #2)” by Leigh Bardugo

8. “Teeth” by Hannah Moskowitz

9. “The Summer Prince” by Alaya Dawn Johnson

10. “Homeland (Little Brother #2)” by Cory Doctorow

What are your top ten of 2013 so far? Participate this week at the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Tuesday: Week 48


toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Usagi’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Spring/Early Summer 2013 releases!

All of these books have caught my eye in one way or another, so I’m pretty much dying to read them. Heh. So here they are, in graphic and word form, in no particular order:

tttwk481. “Star Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)” by Jessica Spotswood

2. “Charm & Strange” by Stephanie Kuehn

3. “The Collector” by Victoria Scott

4. “Unbreakable (Unraveling #2)” by Elizabeth Norris

5. “Dance of the Red Death (Red Death #2)” by Bethany Griffin

6. “If I Should Die (Revenants #3)” by Amy Plum

7. “Ashes on the Waves” by Mary Lindsay

8. “Icons” by Margaret Stohl

9. “The Program” by Suzanne Young

10. “Goddess (Starcrossed #3)” by Josephine Angelini

 

Runners-up: “The Beautiful and the Cursed”, “Clockwork Princess”, “Oath Bound”, “Strands of Bronze & Gold”, “The Oathbreaker’s Secret”, “Spirit and Dust”, “Loki’s Wolves”, and many more!

 

What about you? Participate at the Broke & the Bookish this week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Week 47


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Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Usagi’s Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors List!

This one was really, really hard to decide, guys. I have so many auto-buy authors on my list, it’s not even funny. So the ones that didn’t quite make it into the top ten are in the runners-up category. Anyway…

In no particular order –

1. Julie Kagawa. Book(s) that led to this decision: “The Iron King”.

2. David Levithan. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Every Day”.

3. Holly Black. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Tithe”, “White Cat”

4. Hannah Moskowitz. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Teeth”

5. Francesca Lia Block. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books”, “Wasteland”. (Seriously guys how could my mentor not be on my auto-buy list?)

6. Cory Doctorow. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Little Brother”

7. Terry Goodkind. Book(s) that led to this decision: The “Sword of Truth” series

8. Marissa Meyer. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Scarlet”

9. Laini Taylor. Book(s) that led to this decision: “The Daughter of Smoke & Bone”

10. John Ajvide Lindqvist. Book(s) that led to this decision: “Let the Right One In”

RUNNERS-UP: Kendare Blake (“Anna Dressed in Blood)”, Jay Kristoff (“Stormdancer”), Andrea Cremer (“Nightshade”), Maggie Stiefvater (“The Scorpio Races”), Leigh Bardugo (“Shadow & Bone”), Neil Gaiman (“The Graveyard Book”), George R R Martin (“A Game of Thrones”), Melissa Marr (“Wicked Lovely”), Melissa de la Cruz (“Blue Bloods”), Kami Garcia (“Beautiful Creatures”), Margaret Stohl (“Beautiful Creatures”), John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Richelle Mead (“Bloodlines”), Otsuichi (“Goth”), Nisioisin (“Bakemonogatari”), Murakami Haruki (“Kafka by the Shore”/”1Q84”), Sarah Rees Brennan (“Unspoken”/”Team Human”), Jacqueline Carey (“Kushiel’s Dart”), Cassandra Clare (“City of Bones”), Scott Westerfeld (“Uglies”), Jeff Lindsay (“Darkly Dreaming Dexter”), Lauren Oliver (“Delirium”), JK Rowling (“Harry Potter”), Anthony Bourdain (“The Nasty Bits”), Justin Cronin (“The Passage”), Carrie Ryan (“The Forest of Hands & Teeth”), China Mieville (“The City & The City”), Kristin Cashore (“Graceling”), Gabrielle Zevin (“All These Things That I’ve Done”), Lauren DeStefano (“Wither”), Tahereh Mafi (“Shatter Me”).

Yeah, I know it’s a lot of auto-buys. My wallet is currently sobbing on the floor.

What about you? Participate at the Broke & the Bookish this week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Week 46


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Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Usagi’s Top Ten Bookish Memories!

In no particular order –

1. Midnight Release for “Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix” (21 June 2003) – I remember this release because this was the same night I graduated from high school. So a bunch of our bffs got together (because we were AP nerds and loved HP) to the midnight release! It was wonderful and a lot of fun. A great way to remember my high school grad.

2. Book Launch Party for Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow & Bone” (June 2012) – This was SO much fun. I got to bond more with friend of the blog Aurora Gray, and got to hang out with Leigh and Jennifer Bosworth and other friends of the blog, among others. And there was champagne. AND CANDY. It was awesome. Hopefully there’ll be another one like it for “Siege and Storm” later this year!

3. Beginning master classes with my childhood writing idol and current mentor, Francesca Lia Block (5 July 2010) – Words can’t express how much these classes meant (and still mean) to me. I’m so thankful to be working with Francesca, and I’m thankful she’s been able to put up with me for this long. She’s a second mother, a critic who keeps me honest, and a good friend.

4. ALA 2012 (June 2012) – Got to meet a lot of new friends at my first ALA, along with a lot of older ones, though we kept missing each other! The book signings were wonderful, and I got to hang out with a lot of my current favorite authors before and during signings. This was so much fun, and though I wish I could do it again this year (or BEA, for that matter), it’s just not financially feasible. Sadly enough.

5. “Eclipse”, or, how Usagi got her books-in-English groove back (September 2006 – June 2007) – Okay, I’m no “Twilight” fan, but I do have to give credit where it’s due. I came home from doing my year abroad in Tokyo and started my final year at SB in 2006, and friends of mine from high school ended up on the same floor (!), and along with the new friends I made in on the same dorm floor, “Eclipse” soon started to circulate around the floor (and the boys read it too – no joke). We called it the dorm bicycle because that one copy (and it was pretty ragged by the end) got around so much.

6. LA Times Festival of Books 2010 @ UCLA (May 2010) – Also known as “how I got extra translating work”, “how I got tracked down Wil Wheaton and got him to sign my book”, and “how many amazing panels did I go to? TOO MANY”. SO many awesome panels and people, many of them YA, and some of them not, but it was a really great experience all the same. I got a lot of books signed and it was generally awesome. Sadly, I feel like the FoB hasn’t been the same since it moved to USC in 2011, mostly because it’s harder to get to and it’s not in the greatest neighborhood. Oh well.

7. Junior Year @ ICU (June 2005 – July 2006) – This was my year in Japan through the UC exchange program. This is how I really learned how to read (and write, though my handwriting is still shit) in Japanese, and how I was really able to start reading novels and not just manga in Japanese, as well as write an exit dissertation in academic Japanese. This year nearly broke my body (I was really, really sick by the time I got home), but I’m glad I did it, and I miss living in Japan quite a bit. I spent a lot of free time going to Book-Off (there were three stores within a three train-line radius near my guesthouse!) and to otaku stores with friends. But I want to thank everyone who had the patience to teach me how to read and write – it’s not easy dealing with an autistic person, period, much less one that keeps missing entire radicals when she’s writing in kanji. So thank you.

8. Being on my high school art magazine senior editorial staff for two years running (September 2001 – June 2003) – Even though it was a LOT of work (and also incurred a lot of emotional pain with friends and boyfriends clashing), this is perhaps my best memory of high school. Forget prom, I’m still close with most of these people and we stay in touch. I hope we’re able to get together later this year for my first high school reunion, though I’m also sort of dreading it. I still have copies of our magazine for those years, and I’m amazed we were able to do what we did in the amount of time that we had (which was nearly zero, btw). I’m proud of us.

9. Deciding to use this blog to branch out from creative writing to reviews (October 2010) – One of the best decisions I ever made. Really. I’ve met some wonderful people (some of which I’ve been able to meet, yay!) and I’ve read so many, many great books in that time. I’m glad I pushed myself to do so. I’m glad I’ve been able to interact with all of you!

10. Picking up “Miss World” by Randi Black and redesigning the cover for it (2011-2012) – Since then Randi and I have become really close, and I’m proud to say that I redesigned the kindle cover for the book. So when you buy the book now on amazon? I made that cover. Yep. Me. She’s become an invaluable writing partner, critic, and friend. Just goes to show – not all indie authors are dicks.

What about you? What are your top ten bookish memories? Participate at Broke and Bookish today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Week 45


Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Top Ten 2013 releases Usagi is looking forward to!

Okay, guys, so I cheated this week because there are so many delicious-looking debuts and sophomore (or later) efforts, so I divided my books into ten of each. There are so many more I wanted to include but couldn’t! 2013 is looking like it’s going to be fantastic, book-wise. All of these sound amazing or I’ve been waiting for these sequels to come out, so I won’t waste any time describing why I want these books (just look them up on GR – enough said, right?), so, in no particular order…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Week 44


Top Ten Tuesday  is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme: Top Ten Fall Releases Usagi is Looking Forward to!

Okay, so, I’m a bit pressed for time, so I made a collage in PS for all of my most anticipated releases. I’m looking forward to all of these because they sound really awesome, so here’s hoping they don’t disappoint!

1. “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater – September

2. “Mystic City” by Theo Lawrence – October

3. “Because It Is My Blood (Birthright #2)” by Gabrielle Zevin – September

4. “The Hallowed Ones” by Laura Bickle – September

5. “The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey – Call of the Forgotten #1)” by Julie Kagawa – October

6. “Through to You” by Emily Hainesworth – October

7. “Venom” by Fiona Paul – October

8. “Valkyrie Rising” by Ingrid Paulson – October

9. “Alice in Zombieland” by Gena Showalter – September

10. “Beta” by Rachel Cohn – October

Honorable Mentions: “The Shadow Society” by Marie Rutkoski, “Through to You” by Tamara Stone, “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken, “Hidden (Firelight #3)” by Sophie Jordan, “Little Star” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

What are your top ten for the fall? Participate today at Broke and Bookish!