Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish of a book-related top ten list. This week’s theme is Characters You’d Like to Check in With

 Cath, Fangirl
As you know, I love Fangirl. I love it enough that I miss the characters more than I probably should. If Cath could just drop me a note about how she, Wren, Levi, Reagan, and her dad are doing, I ‘d be really thankful.

 

The Whole Mayfair Clan, The Witching Hour
I read Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour in high school. I dragged this nearly 1,000 page hardcover book around high school with me for months, reading whenever I got a chance – sometimes when I probably shouldn’t have. I always preferred the Mayfair Witches over the Vampire Chronicles and I miss those ladies and their demons.

ShelleyThe Raising
This book started out so strong – the characters and their incredibly detailed lives! the mystery! the twists! But then the ended? I don’t mind an ending that open to imagination or interpretation, but this set up a whole lot of questions and gave me just about no answers. Shelley would tell me what happened.

 

Daenerys, A Song of Ice and Fire
The rest of the world and I are ready for the next ASOIAF book, please.

 

 

 

Laura, Searching for Grace Kelly
I just finished Searching for Grace Kelly this weekend and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye when the story ended. The story takes place in the early 50s and I’d really love to talk to present-day Laura Dixon and the whole story.

 

 

Miles, Looking for Alaska
John Green is always doing this to me. I’ll go ahead and throw in Hazel and Q and Margo and Colin and everyone in any of his novels.

 

 

Lily Evans, Harry Potter
But, like, teenage Lily Evans. J.K. Rowling gives up peeks into life after the Battle of Hogwarts for Harry’s Generation, but I’m more interested in life in the previous generation. I would LOVE a new story focused on the Marauders.

 

Peeta, The Hunger Games trilogy
Duh.
I know I’m in the minority with my absolute love of Mockingjay – I didn’t want a happily ever after in this story. I wanted reality and I got it. But then I got a little fluffy epilogue where Katniss is somehow okay with having babies and settling down without any explanation of how and what happened. I did read one really wonderful fanfic that helped me move on. I’d link it, but apparently past-Holly didn’t bother to save it anywhere.

 

 

These last two aren’t book-related, but I’m going to toss them in anyway:

The whole cast of Empire Records.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this underrated movie. I watched it about a thousand times as a teenager, but haven’t in years because the only version I can find on DVD or Blu-Ray is the stupid Fan Remix, which is NOT THE ORIGINAL MOVIE. I still have the VHS (though no VCR) and will hold on to it until the original version is available on a modern format.

Chuck & Ned, Pushing Daisies

OTP. I miss them so much.

 

Audiobook Review: Searching for Grace Kelly

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Searching for Grace Kelly
Author: Michael Callahan
Narrator: Kristin Kalbli
Where I got it: ListenUp (my employer)
Length: 9.5 hours
Purchase: ListenUp | Audible

This book follows three young women living in New York City’s glamorous Barbizon hotel in the mid-1950s as they figure out who they are, what they want in life, and which path to choose to get what they want. There is Laura, who is interning at Mademoiselle and hoping to become a writer. She is a proper New England woman studying at Smith. Her roommate, Dolly, is in secretarial school, mostly hoping to meet a husband. The third girl in the group is Vivian, who works as a cigarette girl in a popular nightclub, but her true love is singing. The three explore the city, fall in love, have their heartbroken and get into trouble, sometimes really real trouble.

Searching for Grace Kelly surprised me. The characters are all multi-dimensional and interesting. I especially loved Vivian, but connected with all three. Fair warning, this story doesn’t end with a happily ever after. I like books that break my heart, at least a little, and this one did.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Kristin Kalbli. Kristin did such a beautiful job with this audiobook. The character voices were so real and perfectly suited to each character. She expressed the characters’ emotions expertly without taking away from the story’s words. I loved this as an audiobook.