This week’s topic was a fun one: characters whose jobs we wish we had. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday!
Daniel from Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I figured I would start with the most obvious: bookstore owner and a frequenter of the Cemetery of Forgotten books. Could it get better?
Gilda Carr from Westside by W.M.Akers
I love the idea of trying to figure out “tiny mysteries,” especially in the world that Akers has created.
Father from The Story Collector by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Vivian’s father is the caretaker for the New York City Public Library and lives there with his family. While I’m probably not qualified in any way for that job, it sounds amazing (especially the part where you get to live there).
Franny from Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
This isn’t so much Franny’s job but her journey, tracking some of the world’s last Arctic terns during their migration. While it was a dangerous journey in the book, I’d love to follow them.
Winceworth from The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
So this character was a bit depressing at times but his job trying to find definitions and sources for a dictionary (and his habit of making some up), sounds pretty fun to me.
Atrus from Myst: The Book of Atrus by Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, and David Wingrove
While I wouldn’t want the responsibility or power that comes with it, I love the idea of learning the right combination of words to create worlds and carefully balance them.
Spensa from the Skyward trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
While I don’t think I’d do well in combat at all, the idea of dogfighting in a sleek spaceship sounds like fun.
The semaphore tower operator from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Okay, so I don’t think this character is even given a name, but I am fascinated by the network of semaphore towers in 19th-century France and would love to work one while tending my garden.
Michael Fisher from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Running Howl’s magical shop and operating the portal door to countless cities seems like a pretty good life.
Dr. Chef from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Though I’d happily trade places with just about anyone on The Wayfarer, Dr. Chef seems to have the best job as the ship’s cook.