Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

High Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Woman in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a want to deliver bookish mates collectively. At present’s theme: Characters Whose Job I Want I Had.

High Ten Characters Whose Job I Want I Had

10)  John Rodríguez (aka “Management”) from Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Attain trilogy): A unique me must have this job as a result of the shit happening in Space X is simply too petrifying for present me to deal with. However it might be so fascinating! Despite the fact that I am a complete wimp, I like bizarre conspiracy X-Information-y sort ambiance (in fiction, not actual life!) so I think about there is a fictional me that might take pleasure in (or “take pleasure in”) working at Southern Attain. All three of the books on this trilogy are beautiful, and REALLY bizarre, and really creepy, and price studying.

9) Millie from Mishell Baker’s Arcadia Venture trilogy): That is one other one the place I would not need to be Millie, however I would not thoughts a job on the Arcadia Venture, which is sort of an company that manages Earth / Faery Realm relationships and all that. Not that Baker’s fairy realm is all fluff and fancy; it is deliciously, terrifyingly darkish, and I might wish to be somebody who may succeed there.

8) Kivrin from Connie Willis’ Doomsday E book: On this ebook, lecturers do their analysis by way of time journey (the ebook is ready within the twenty first century) however medievalists like Kivrin aren’t actually allowed to journey to that period due to the hazards. Think about how fascinating it might be to do on-location analysis in varied historic eras? (Clearly, a lot of moral questions on educational ‘statement’ and judgment and all that, which I supposed I might be wrestling with if I have been a time-travelling educational?!). If you have not learn this glorious ebook, add it to your TBR as a result of it is also a pandemic thriller on prime of fascinating historic novel and sci fi assume piece.

7) Philippa from Rumer Godden’s In This Home of Brede: This ebook triggered me to analysis changing into a nun and for just a few weeks, I did some daydreaming about it. (Then I remembered all the issues I’ve with the Catholic Church and the methods I do not assume convent life does a lot for the world.) Demi Moore’s daughter is known as for Godden, and this ebook launched my deep dive into Godden’s backlist (which actually varies from high quality to trash). However this ebook jogged my memory of how I typically dream of a monastic sort of life (whats up, Hildegard von Bingen…!).

6) Ginger from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers: First, our heroine right here is an heiress, and I’ve to admit I am shocked I haven’t got extra heiresses on this checklist as I am assured I’d make an uh-mah-zing girl of leisure. Second, this can be a historic fantasy by which Spiritualism is actual and Ginger is a medium whose job it’s to debrief troopers killed on the entrance. It is a tender, terrifying job however one I am sort of obsessive about.

5) Nix from Heidi Heilig’s The Woman From All over the place: Extra time journey! On a ship, too, and with a captivating crew (save for Nix’s horrible father). Heilig’s novel is beautiful and intense and superbly imagined, and whereas I do not need Nix’s exact journey (just about all my responses listed here are couched in caveats, oops!), I would not thoughts having the ability to journey by way of time by the use of historic maps…

4) Claudia from Penelope Full of life’s Moon Tiger: Claudia is a conflict correspondent and beginner archaeologist, and people have been each just about my dream jobs after I was a child. Add to that the romance of a World Struggle II romance and all that, and yeah, this hits all my Martha Gellhorn-fangirl desires.

3) Bathsheba Everdene from Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd: My spouse can be rolling her eyes so laborious proper now however no matter, she’s not the boss of me. In all actuality, being a farmer is actually, actually, actually laborious work so I’m being fairly treasured for together with this job on the checklist, however no matter, Hardy offered me on Bathsheba and her life (within the drama of all of it and what not). Bonus if I get to appear to be Carey Mulligan as I accomplish that.

2) Pauline from Tessa Dare’s Any Duchess Will Do: I used to be telling my spouse how stunned I used to be that extra romance novel heroines weren’t showing on this checklist, and we simply imagined a half dozen I would not thoughts being. However Pauline actually rose to the highest for quite a lot of causes, principally that she owns a bookshop, lives in Spindle Cove with some wonderful mates, and has a reasonably dreamy partner (horrible previous apart that we’ll handwave away). 

1) Patricia from Charlie Jane Anders’ All of the Birds within the Sky: God, this ebook wrecked me. It is the story of a witch and a scientist, as soon as childhood mates, pitted towards one another as adults as they try to save lots of the world. , bizarre challenges. So flippin’ good. Patricia is the witch, and Anders’ world-building right here had me so determined to attend Patricia’s witch college. (It seems being a witch is likely to be the factor I need to be essentially the most, adopted by heiress…) However this is not a lightweight or comedic story about nature versus science, and it is that deep emotional core that has saved this ebook with me. Patricia’s capacity to work proper and unsuitable in a simply and honest method is Targets.

Okay, so there are my 10 — any characters whose job you would like you had?