This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Freebie (Make up your own topic, or use a previous TTT topic you might have missed.) Instead of doing a Top Ten post, I’m going to do another Alphabetical post. I wasn’t planning to do two this close together, but I kind of like the idea of doing one a month, so we’ll see.
Here are the rules:
- Credit Alex for the idea, and link back
- Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want
- Post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet
Since this is the letter “B” I have a few more authors and books than I had for “A.” It was actually hard to narrow this one down, which kind of surprised me. This round I have four for each category.
Authors Beginning with B
Leigh Bardugo: One of my favorite YA fantasy writers at the moment, Leigh Bardugo weaves amazing stories that pretty much leave me breathless. I love that she focused her world building on Eastern traditions, instead of Western, and that she has a knack for creating memorable characters. I cannot wait for King of Scars in January!
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan is one of my absolute favorite stories ever. I love it so much I wrote my eighteen-page lit theory thesis paper on J.M. Barrie and his play. I also like to collect different copies of Peter Pan and have amassed five beautiful ones so far.
Lisa T. Bergren: Lisa is one my favorite writers because her books introduced me to the possibility of good Christian fiction. While her books discuss faith, they do not overwhelm the reader with it. Plus, she has awesome kickass female characters and swoon-worthy male characters in all her stories.
Nadine Brandes: I’ve only read one book by Nadine, her historical fantasy retelling Fawkes, but I’ve come to love Nadine through her social media accounts. She is real and honest and tons of fun. Her Instagram account is gorgeous and her Youtube channel is both hilarious and helpful. I want to read more of her books soon!
Books Beginning with B
Bamboozled by David Legge: This picture book has as special place in my heart because I used to read it with my grandpa almost every time I visited him as a child. For years, it sat on my grandparents’ coffee table. When they moved to a condo, my grandpa gave it to me to keep and now it sits on my shelf. It’s the most important book I own.
Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino: I watched the Barakamon anime first and fell in love with the story and characters. But like many anime, the manga continues beyond the show’s only season. Since watching it, I’ve read all the current manga and have slowly started collecting my own copies. It’s so ridiculous at times, but a ton of fun, and it basically reinforced that one of my favorite manga/anime genres is Slice of Life.
Beowulf: In college, I read the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf and freaking loved it. Heroes and monsters, bloody battles and fights to the death, dragons and treasure, and lots of mead—it’s all so great and the root of so many fantasy stories.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I read this book around the time the movie came out, and while it’s been years, I still can’t bear to talk about this book. It broke me. The characters, the story, the unique narration—this book is incredible, and I highly recommend it. I think I need to give it a reread soon.
Characters Beginning with B
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: If there is one literary character I feel kinship with, it’s Bilbo Baggins. I want adventure but I’d also like to stay at home and read books and have food. Bilbo is one of my favorite characters to exist.
Gabi and Lia Betarrini from the River of Time series: I’ve been through a lot with the Betarrini sisters in their books. Fighting enemy knights, being kidnapped or injured, falling in love, and more. The River of Time series is a journey, and I love these two sisters and their relationship with each other. They remind me of my sister and myself and they’ve taught me a lot about life’s ups and downs.
Boromir from The Lord of the Rings: Say what you will about Boromir, but he is a great character. He’s not perfect, he definitely makes mistakes, but at his heart, he is trying to do what is best for his people. And you can’t fault him for that. I think I like Boromir a lot because he resembles the every day man—the one trying desperately to be a hero but feeling as if he is always failing. Boromir, you are a hero.
Breehy-Hinny-Brinny-Hoohy-Ha from The Horse and His Boy: Bree is on this list mainly because I wanted to include his ridiculously long name. But I also like Bree’s character—who doesn’t like talking horses? Plus, his story is just as important as Shasta’s and he has to learn just as much from Aslan as any of the other characters.
What are your favorite authors, books, or characters that begin with the letter ‘B’?