Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday | Are you still okay?


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is 'Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With', which basically means ten characters you'd like to visit to see how they're doing now that their story is over! I had a lot of fun compiling this list, especially as many of the characters mentioned are characters from my childhood.

I'm probably going to be mentioning spoilers in this post, even if they're only little, because it's very hard to talk about characters after a book or series has finished without giving away a little of the ending. So if you haven't read any of the books or series that I mention and you want to, please be wary of that!


Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling: I'm going to be very surprised if this guy isn't on pretty much everyone's list - or at least everyone who's a fan of Harry Potter. To be honest it'd be nice to make sure all the characters I love are okay. Or at least the ones who survived the final book. But it's Harry in particular I want to check on. I know, thanks to the epilogue, that we know he's okay, but after the horrible childhood he had, followed by some tumultuous years at school, I just want to sit back and watch him do mundane things that people have to do when they become husbands and fathers. Strange, I know, but nothing would make me happier than seeing him just hanging out with his kids, and being part of a loving family like he always wanted.

Sabriel from The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix: To be honest I'd like to check in on Lirael, too, but considering Sabriel basically got to become the queen when she married Touchstone I think checking in on her would be a lot of fun. I'd love to spend the day watching her go about her duties like the absolute babe she is, and if Touchstone and Mogget are there then I'd be even happier!

Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: I only read The Graveyard Book last year but it's quickly become one of my favourites. I just want to make sure Bod's alright and that he's managed to make a life for himself after leaving the graveyard and all his friends and family in it.

Johanna Mason from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Is it just me or does Johanna just... disappear by the end of Mockingjay? I can completely understand why Suzanne Collins couldn't write an epilogue detailing where everyone was and how they were doing, but as Johanna is one of my favourites in the series I'd love to know that she's alright; that she managed to find some sort of peace, and maybe that she spent her days travelling around Panem, smashing the patriarchy.

Connie Goodwin from The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: I'm pretty sure, if I remember correctly, that Connie's part of this story takes place in 1991 (the year I was born, woo!) meaning if I were to check in on her now she'd be in her 40s, approaching her 50s. I'd just like to see how her life has been so far, and if she managed to come to terms with her powers and produce any magical daughters of her own. With Sam, hopefully, who is one of my book boyfriends because I imagine him as exceedingly hot.


Callie Rose Hadley from the Noughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman: Wow, Callie's early life is one real roller-coaster ride. This series is amazing, and if you haven't read it yet then I highly recommend that you do. From what I remember I'm pretty sure Callie wanted to go on to study law and improve their shitty justice system, and I'd just love to see if that's what she did or if, like so many of us, her dreams changed.

Dolphin Westward from The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson: As with pretty much all the characters on this list, I just want to make sure Dolphin's okay. She was in foster care when we left her, and I'd love to know that her Mum got better and that Dolphin was well taken care of and that, hopefully, she managed to have a regular relationship with her Dad and his family.

Queen Violante from the Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke: I loved this trilogy when I first read it - it's so imaginative and the characters are such fun - but it was Violante I loved most. By the end of Inkdeath the crown was hers and the people had grown to love her, so I'd jump at the chance to see how her reign is going - well, I hope!

Minerva from Pirates! by Celia Rees: Pirates! is the book I have to thank for my love of historical fiction. I read it back during my pre-teen days and loved it, and in particular I loved Minerva. It's been a while since I read it, but from what I can recall she was pregnant by the end of the book. I'd just love to check in on her and see how she and her little pirate family are doing.

Neil Parker from the Puppy Patrol series by Jenny Dale: When I wasn't reading Roald Dahl, Grimm's Fairy Tales or this huge dinosaur encyclopedia I used to constantly get out the library, I was reading animal books. I was an animal nut when I was little, and to me the Parker's life was a dream; Neil's parents owned a kennels, meaning he and his sisters were surrounded by dogs. I loved reading about their adventures when I was little, and I'd love to know what they'd be up to as adults.

Which books made your list?

34 comments:

  1. Fantastic list Jess. I would love to read more Harry Potter books. I'd love to read more about Callie as well. I loed her! Thank you for stopping by my blog <3

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi! I just want to make sure Callie's alright - the poor girl's been through a lot!

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  2. Bod made my list as well, I'd love to see what he gets up to!

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    1. It'd be great to see Bod again, wouldn't it? :)

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  3. Just wanted to say you've got a beautiful blog!

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  4. Not reminds me I need to finish the Inkworld trilogy!

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    1. Do! It's been a while since I read them, but I remember really enjoying Inkspell and Inkdeath. The only real downside is Meggie seems to become more of a side character than a heroine, which is a shame.

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    2. Oh that's a little disappointing, but I'll have to keep that in mind!

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    3. Oh that's a little disappointing, but I'll have to keep that in mind!

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  5. Never read any of these books except hunger games.
    MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

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    1. I definitely recommend checking out Noughts & Crosses, Harry Potter, Sabriel and The Graveyard Book. :)

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  6. Great list! It was a struggle to write my post without spoilers too! I really need to read Noughts and Crosses- I think I would love it!

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    1. Do! It's so good! It's heartbreaking, but it's amazing.

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  7. I definitely agree with you on the HP cast. I'd love to catch up with them all. And as far as the Hunger Games, I'm interested to know how Haymitch is doing.

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    1. I wouldn't mind knowing what Haymitch is up to - I wonder if he ever babysits Katniss's kids. ;)

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  8. I had never seen that Sabriel cover before, and I love it. And I agree! I always wanted more of Sabriel, not just in the background but going around being her badass self and fixing up the Kingdom before the kids came along.

    My TTT.

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    1. It's beautiful, isn't it? I think they're the Australian covers but I'm not 100% sure - I think they were only released a year or so ago to match the cover for Clariel. :) I know, right? There's never enough Sabriel for me!

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  9. I don't know very many people who've read Deliverance Dane -- such a good book! I agree, I'd love to check back in with those characters! Harry Potter for sure -- I miss them all so much! Great list.:)

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    1. It's great, isn't it? I really enjoyed it when I read it. :) Thanks!

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  10. With all the Harry Potters on the lists today - I like JK has to know that we NEED more and NOW!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Haha, personally I'd love to see a book on the Four Founders - I'm dying to know what the wizarding world was like before Hogwarts!

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  11. I wanted to put Bod on my list too, I adored The Graveyard Book, I'm very curious about Silas as well. I haven't read the other books besides HP and THG but I definitely need to get on the Noughts & Crosses series, I got spoiled for the ending and sequel so I'm very hesistant to pick up the series. Great list!

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    1. Yeah, it'd be interesting to see what Silas got up to next - I hope he and Bod eventually saw one another again! Oh no! I'm sorry to hear you were spoiled for Noughts & Crosses, that's the worst - I hope you manage to get to them at some point, though, because they are wonderful books. :)

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  12. Yes to Johanna! I mean, in my version, she and Gale are in love. But she is definitely being a badass, somewhere! Suzanne should just give us a "Where Are They Now?" book ;)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Hehe, I've certainly seen a few Johanna x Gale shippers in my time. Personally I'd've loved The Hunger Games to end with a womance - give me a story about Katniss and Johanna smashing the patriarchy together any day!

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  13. The Graveyard Book! Yes, that's a great pick!

    Check out my TTT.

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  14. Johanna was such a creative choice! (I personally was left pretty dissatisfied with the Hunger Games epilogue!) I love how you point out you'd just love the read about Harry getting to relax and do totally normal wizard things...to be honest, even if JKR wrote magical history textbooks I'd read them and be fascinated!

    -Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

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    1. I don't think you're the only one! I loved the very last line of Mockingjay, but I must admit the epilogue made me feel a little uncomfortable - she didn't seem to have any real love for her children at all, and I felt as though she only had them because Peeta wanted them. I dunno, there are just certain aspects of Peeta and his good guy complex that give me the heebie jeebies.

      I would genuinely read Harry Potter and the Mid-Life Crisis. ;) And I'd love a book about the Four Founders - I want to see how Hogwarts was built!

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  15. YES^^ THANK YOU for singling out Harry himself on here. It upsets me how under-appreciated he is as a character. I mean, he saved the world how many times?! He went through it all and as much as I'd love to check up on all of the gang from that series, Harry specifically is the one I really NEED to know is ok ♥

    And nice choice with Johanna from Hunger Games! You're right that the epilogue doesn't cover much - even for Katniss and Peeta tbh, but there's a whole host of secondary characters I'd be curious about, beyond the series.

    I actually still need to read Sabriel and the Inkworld trilogy but I loved seeing them on here :) Great list^^ And thanks for stopping by my post earlier - new follower!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

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    1. I'd love to see the whole gang again, but like you said I just want to make sure Harry's doing okay. ^_^

      I have very mixed feelings about The Hunger Games epilogue; I don't dislike it as much as I think a lot of fans do, but it's not entirely satisfying either!

      Sabriel is a great book - in fact the whole Old Kingdom series is just wonderful, especially if you're in the mood for some female-led high fantasy that isn't centered around romance. :)

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

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