Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.
Welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday here on cammminbookland! This week’s topic was left a bit open, which meant that it was a much harder task to accomplish. But I figured it out, eventually, and decided to have fun with it. Thus, this week we are talking about the Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Were Given Unfortunate Names.
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer — If you have actually read the book then you might be giving me a bit of a side-eye, but she is called Cinder! Yes, the name fits in wonderfully when connected to the fairy tale the story puts a futuristic spin on, but it is still unfortunate.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Do I really need to say much about this one? The book is great, as are the themes represented throughout it. Many of the names are unfortunate. But especially Katniss Everdeen.
3. The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig — In the eyes of the law his name is Reginald. Although you would be troubled to find anyone other than this sister who does not call him Turnip. When Turnip Fitzhugh and Arabella Dempsey find a Christmas pudding with a secret message written on the wrapper (for French spies, possibly?!) an adventure is embarked upon! Turnip has made many appearances throughout the series, and I really do consider him to be the most lovable of them all. The name is unfortunate it, but he fits it so well. Be my friend, be my love, make me smile, Turnip!
4. Passion by Lisa Valdez — I don’t read a lot of erotic romances, nor do I bother to review them, but if you ever wanted a recommendation in the genre then I would offer this. Passion and Mark’s romance is initially based on sex, but the way feelings between them develop becomes a beautiful story in its own right. But her name is still Passion. Hence why she is on the list.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — The first time I heard the name Huckleberry I snorted. But he is a great character, and the book he features in is extremely important in the conversation about race in America during Huck’s time and even today.
6. A Separate Peace by John Knowles — It is not as outlandish, but when I was first introduced to Phineas I hated his name. Moving on from that, I fell in love with this story of the war and the friendship between two boys. This is one of my favorite books that I was “forced” to read while in high school. I feel like I need to reread this immediately.
7. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – Cormoran Strike. Cormoran Strike. CORMORAN STRIKE. Still laughing. Still love him, though, and the mystery his author weaves for him to solve.
8. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green — I just can’t stand the name Augustus Waters. At all. This book is a gem, however, and easily gets a place on this list as it fits the requirements wonderfully.
9. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley — I forgot to include this author on last week’s list, so there is no way I would be remiss again. Besides, he has created the most precocious British sleuth in existence with Flavia de Luce. Unfortunate though her name may be, everything else involving her series of books is completely enchanting. Chemistry! CHEMISTRY!
10. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin — Lord Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger. Forever laughing. And this is my favorite book of the series thus far which is why it gets a spot.