Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Occupations I'd Like to Try

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is:  Characters Whose Occupations I'd Like to Try

This topic really made me realize how many books I read about people who aren't exactly traditional employed, but that's okay because it just made me get more creative. There are also a lot of jobs that I vehemently do not want, but I ended up finding more than I expected (and even had to leave some out) and had a lot of fun thinking about different characters' jobs. Let's check out some of the interesting jobs I found (in no particular order)!

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)The Puppetmaster’s ApprenticeThe CouncillorThe Terror

1. Character: Lazlo Strange 
Occupation: Junior Librarian at The Great Library of Zosma, from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Why: I'm assuming the 'why' here is probably obvious, but I'd love to be a library at the The Great Library of Zosma because books--and it'd also be pretty neat is Lazlo could be my supervisor or something.

2. Character: Pirouette 
Occupation: Puppetmaster's Apprentice, from The Puppetmaster's Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm
Why: I love crafting things by hand and I think it would be so neat to create some of the gorgeous pieces that Pirouette and her father make (or rather attempt to, at least). 

3. Character: Lysande Prior
Occupation: (Former) Palace Scholar, from The Councillor by E.J. Beaton
Why: I'm not sure if I'd necessarily want to be involved in royal politics, but I do enjoy the general concept of getting to devote my time to research and historical inquiry. And to get to do that as my job? Yes, please!

4. Character: Frances Crozier 
Occupation: Ship's Captain, from The Terror by Dan Simmons
Why: As long as I don't have to be a Captain of the Terror or Erebus during the Franklin Expedition, then I am on board to be a Captain of another ship!

Among the Beasts & BriarsThe Hollow PlacesThe Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)Brightstorm

5. Character: Cerys (and father)
Occupation: Royal Gardener, from Among the Beasts and Briar by Ashley Poston
Why: I love plants and gardening and being outdoors, so this sounds pretty ideal, plus these gardens sound particularly lovely.

6. Character: Kara 
Occupation: Employee at The Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy in Hog Chapel, from The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Why: I love museums! I also love the quirkiness of this museum and I think it'd be a ton of fun. 

7. Character: Kindred Greyreach
Occupation: Hearthfire keeper/Harvester, from The Forever Sea by Joshua Philip Johnson
Why:  I don't necessarily really want to be a hearthfire keeper, but I do think it sounds like really interesting work and magic, and I'd love to be an important part of sailing those ships across the Forever Sea. I also think being a harvester--people who go into the grasses to harvest them--would be neat as a chance to see a bit of the Sea. The aftereffects of doing so aren't quite as attractive, though.

8. Character: Mr. Brightstorm/Arthur & Maudie Brightstorm
Occupation: Explorers, from Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy
Why: This one is easy--because I love exploring! I honestly would love nothing more than to get to go on any sort of exploring expedition.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom, #1)

9. Character: Jupiter North 
Occupation: Hotel Deucalion owner, Member of the Wondrous Society, Member of the League of Explorers, etc., from Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Why: I don't know exactly what Jupiter does half the time, but he always seems to be doing something important or interesting, and I would love to be privy to even half the information he has.

10. Character: Sophie
Occupation: Magical Seamstress, from Torn by Rowenna Miller
Why: I don't really sew much these days, but I really enjoyed it when my mom taught me and I used to and I'd love to create clothing for people. I'd especially love imbuing the clothes I make with various magical charms to help whoever is wearing them.

Which character's occupations would you like to try?? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!


  1. I would love to work in a museum!

  2. I'd love being a Palace Scholar.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-characters-whose-job-i-wish-i-had/

  3. I'd love to be a librarian!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/top-ten-tuesday-305/

  4. You have some scary occupations, lol. I personally want to stay far away from The Terror and hearthfires, lol.

  5. A librarian in some form of magical or scholarly library would be so awesome. I'd love to be an explorer as well.