It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names
So if you know me (you do), you know I’m going to cheat/stretch this topic to the max. Breakin’ it up!
Part One: FAVORITE CHARACTER NAMES!
Part Two: WELL THAT’S UNUSUAL…
Favorite Name #1: WREN
As Read In: Reboot, Fangirl, The Infinite Moment of Us, Just One Day (second half)
Also Seen In (which I still need to read): Lovely, Dark and Deep; The Promise of Amazing
I don’t know why but I just love the name Wren and it has been popping up in SO many books in YA/NA recently! I totally fell in love with it.
Favorite Name #2: OLIVER
As Read In: Going Vintage – Lindsey Leavitt, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith
Also Seen In (which I still need to read): The Last Little Blue Envelope, Blue Bloods, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, The Art of Wishing
I’ve also found that I pretty much love all Olivers. I feel like I’m blanking on one that I’ve read and I don’t know why, but I’ve read two Olivers that I totally loved and I think I’ll like many, many more!
Favorite Names #3: THE CHARACTERS OF THE RAVEN CYCLE
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) – Maggie Stiefvater
How great is Maggie Steifvater’s character naming ability?! Besides just making the characters themselves come alive, the names really add something magical to the characters and I absolutely love them.
Favorite Name #4: KIRI BIRD
Wild Awake – Hilary T. Smith
“Kiri Bird” kind of sounds like a noise a bird makes. It just sounds like and airy and I really enjoy it. I think it’s unique and not one of those unique names that bother me because it’s too out there! (That happens a lot haha.)
Favorite Name #5: CRICKET THOMPSON
Nantucket Blue – Leila Howland
Favorite Names #6: The characters of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – George R.R. Martin
Honestly. How epic are pretty much ALL of the character names by George R.R. Martin??? I have so many favorites but the ones listed above are some of the top. Beric Dondarrion. It’s just fun to say!
Favorite Names #7: Puck Connolly & Sean Kendrick
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Steifvater
Another excellent pairing of names from Maggie Steifvater. Everything about Thisby (Thisby itself!) and the people in it are just perfect. I even loved the horse’s names. She really is fantastic at character names!
Favorite Names # 8: The Characters of READY PLAYER ONE
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
I love the alliteration of Wade Watts, but I also love the “character” names of their avatars in the Oasis. I listening to the audio of this so I love the brilliance of “Aech”, which listening to, I totally thought was just the letter H.
Favorite Names #9: Veronica Rossi’s characters in the Under the Never Sky series
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) – Veronica Rossi
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) – Veronica Rossi
I love how… Natural these names are. Peregrine, Roar, Talon… they all fit the characters and their surroundings perfectly. And I love Aria’s name since she’s a singer. It’s feminine and seems like a real name instead of just something completely fabricated.
Favorite Name #10: CRESS
My Latest Bookish Addiction  – The Lunar Chronicles (my sneak preview of CRESS!)
I also love Cress’s name. I think it’s so pretty and it just a lovely name, especially for a Lunar! It’s just so appropriate.
… LEAST FAVORITE
I really enjoyed reading ENCLAVE this past week but… Deuce…? Yeahhhh, I just can’t. Not on board with that one. Like, “Two” or “Card” would have been better that Deuce.
I listened to the audio of BEAUTY QUEENS and honestly… Couldn’t stand hearing the name MoMo B. Chacha (or his character either, really)
Fia from MIND GAMES also irked me. I think Sofia is such a pretty name! Why shorten it to Fia? It just felt yucky.
You guys are probably going to hate me for this but… Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Nah. Not doing it for me. I actually like the name Hazel just fine, but calling her Hazel Grace all the time. I don’t know. It seemed uptight or something. Just some weird connotation I have in my head. And REALLY hard to get swoony over Augustus/Gus. GUS. I just couldn’t.
And lastly… Echo from PUSHING THE LIMITS. I understood the story behind it and sure, sure, okay. But I just didn’t like it. It was one of those names that was unique, but just too “out there” for me.