Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday- Literary Family

A weekly meme hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish.

Oooh....this was too good a topic to pass up this week :)  My odd, wild literary family would consist of:

1)  Father--Jules Tonnerre from The Diviners by Margaret Laurence for his music, his legendary stories, and his adventures.

2)  Mother--Kate Gulderson from One True Thing by Anna Quindlen for her unconditional kindness, her talent in arts & crafts (she could teach me a thing or two!), and her strength.

3)  Brothers--I'd love to have two:  Hassan from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for his loyalty, generosity, and love; and Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon for his knowledge, his curiosity, and his challenges.

4)  Sisters--I'd love have two:  Anne from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery for her imagination, her literary sense, and her ability to see the world for all its beauty; and Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding for her humour, her self-acceptance (for the most part), and her boyfriend, Mark Darcy, who we will envitably fight over :D

5)  Grandfather--Jacob Jankowski from Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.  His stories of the circus will leave me spellbound.  I have to admit that I saw this on many top 10 posts today & couldn't resist "borrowing" him :)

6)  Grandmother--Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Even though she's an adoptive mother, I see her as a grandmother figure with her no-nonsense attitude, heart of gold, and acceptance of others' differences.

7)  Uncle--Will from About a Boy by Nick Hornby for his carefree ways, his laidback habits, and his spoiling of young children in his life :D

8)  Aunt--Muriel Pritchett from The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler for her quirkiness, her love of animals, and her awesome clothes!

9)  Cousin--Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, because she doesn't have a family of her own and would need a person & place to turn to when she's in trouble.  You know, besides Mikael ;)

10)  Pet--this was a great suggestion for a family member by Anne @ My Head is Full of Books!  I would choose Marley the dog from Marley & Me by John Grogan, who would ruin the house but be a lot of fun, and Flaubert's parrot from Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes, who is a stuffed bird but has a fascinating history behind him :)

What a wild & crazy family that would be!


  1. I love how you've properly chosen familial roles for each character- I seem to have chosen a lot of sisters and then just some people that I would generally want around me a lot! Have to love Will from About A Boy as an uncle though!

    My list is here :)

  2. What a great list. I loved the pets. I'm not familiar with Flaubert's Parrot so am off th check it out! Thanks.

  3. I thought about Lisbeth Salander also...but as much as I love here, she would scare me a little bit as a family member...I would have certainly liked to be able to protect her from some of the goons and sickos who abused her.

  4. Love your Green Gables choices--the Blythes made it onto my list as well!

  5. I love the way you approached this, building a whole literary family! I never found the time to get to this yesterday, but it was a good topic - your family sounds like a lot of fun!


  6. I love your brother picks! Especially Christopher!

    And Marley is a good pick as well :o) Who wouldn't love a goofball dog like that?

  7. Thanks for all your comments :)

    Sharon~ Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes is such a unique, amazing book that I read in university & did a seminar on. I hope you get around to reading it sometime :)