One of the things that I love about reading is how easy it is to get sucked into a story, as if you were really there. When he world around you gets tough – whether it’s at a global level or just your own bubble – it’s nice to be able to escape somewhere. I’m sure that the characters in the books may not agree, considering all their misfortunes… but sometimes, I wish I could step into their shoes for just a day.
Here’s a few people who tempt me!
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Thursday is able to travel into books where she stops people who alter them. It’s a wicked cool job, although it has its consequences since villainous figures are trying to stop her by erasing people she loves.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Honestly Morgan is probably the worst person I could have chosen here. She has a difficult past, got to watch her father try to kill bunch of people, and is bound to be a prisoner all her life. But the Great Library, and the Obscurists in particular are soooo interesting.
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Max is a historian and also gets to time travel. In my review of this book, I actually spent time talking about how much I wanted Max’s job. I still do. If the world was a just and slightly more magical place, I would be a Historian at St. Mary’s.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Weir
Gwen’s just a kid and she’s got a funny sense of humor and a manipulative family, but she also has a special gene that pulls her through time so she’s a one lady time traveler and okay yes there’s some danger in that but also !!! super cool.
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Bertie lives in a theatre, so if that was all there was to her, I’d still be down to trade places. But she’s more special than that, because Bertie has a special book that turns everything she writes into truth. And she uses it for good, the darling girl. Yeah, I’d be Bertie for a day. Also she’s in a love triangle with a pirate and an air elemental, and that also sounds good to me.
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
I wish I had read this series when I was a kid? I mean, how cool would it be to be able to just go outside and pick up a magic wand and learn magic from a mysterious book? Bless kids and their ability to see a book called “So You Want to Be A Wizard” and just go with it – and it works!
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I just like Meg Murray? She’s so flawed and so brave. And all those worlds they visit in this book alone? And her friendship/romance with Calvin is adorable. I wanted to be Meg when I ten and I still thing that would be okay.
Tris’s Book by Tamora Pierce
Tris’s magic is my favorite magic. She controls the weather. Also, she’s apprenticed at the Winding Circle, so essentially she’s in a school for magic. I also love that she’s such a firecracker of a character. She’s fierce and angry and brave and brilliant and I’ve loved her since I was a kid.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Lyra’s childhood growing up at Jordan College sounds fantastic to me. Living at a university alone is fantastic. But then all the adventures Lyra and Pan go on, slipping in the cracks between worlds, flying with the witches, and meeting the armored bears and so forth… what an adventure.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
It seemed best to start and end this list with the characters that can travel into books. While I’m actually not crazy about Meggie as a person, I would love her abilities, her family, her adventures and even Farid who is the epitome of adorableness.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asked:
Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With
In short, my list is mostly made up of characters that can travel in impossible ways. There are only two characters on the list specifically for their magic – Tris and Bertie. Every other character time travels, space travels, slips between worlds…. It’s all incredible stuff and yeah I’d like that option.