Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Literary Children’s Names

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This week’s prompt for the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is Rewind. You get to pick from any past topic they’ve done. Like we did for a past rewind, Amanda and I decided to do each other’s topics. My choice is Top Ten Characters or Literary Figures I Would Name My Children After. Here’s our choices:

Antonia’s Picks
Although I might not name my children after all of these names to avoid them being made fun of in school, in an ideal world where that wasn’t a possibility I would love to give my future children any one of these names.
1. Raisa from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima- I adore this name and the character. She was such a strong character that I admired very much. I would love to give my future daughter a strong namesake.
2. Idalia from the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- Another admirable heroine. As a side benefit, my grandmother’s name is Ida so I could also commemorate her in this way.
3. Soteria from Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon- I think this name is beautiful and love the nickname, Tori.
4. Brenna from the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy by Nora Roberts- I love Irish names. This one is pretty and strong at the same time.
5. Arya from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini- I’ve loved this name since the first time I read Eragon.
6. Jane for Jane Austen- I would love to name my daughter after such a prominent literary figure.
7. Georgiana from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- I think this name is gorgeous.
8. Bryony from The Outcast of Redwall by Brian Jacques- This was the first Redwall book I read and they meant so much to me as a child. I think the name is beautiful (even if the bryony flower isn’t all that pretty).
9. Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- I don’t think I could ever love another character more than I love Fitzwilliam Darcy. He’s such a strong, intelligent character. I would love to name my son after him even if it’s just as a middle name.
10. Benedict from An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn- I’ve always loved this name. It’s strong and noble.

Amanda’s Picks
1. Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green- This is my favorite book ever, which if any of you actually read what I post you should know this already. It’s often translated “that which the sea breaks against,” and I just think that’s beautiful.
2. Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- I just think this name is so pretty. If I could have a daughter that’s even half the person Hazel is, I’d be blessed.
3. Beatrice from Divergent by Veronica Roth- I’m actually not a huge fan of the name Beatrice but I absolutely adore the nickname she’s given in the book, Tris. If I named my daughter Beatrice it would be so that I could give her the nickname Tris.
4. Tobias from Divergent by Veronica Roth- I just loved everything about Four even his name.
5. Jasmine from Aladdin- Aladdin has always been my favorite Disney movie. I’ve always loved Jasmine.
6. Kaeleigh from Identical by Ellen Hopkins- I just love this name. It’s unique in its spelling and it’s just such a pretty name.
7. Sebastian from 10 Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn- For some reason I have always loved the name Sebastian. I knew this had to be on my list.
8. Jessamine from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- Although I didn’t really like Jessamine as a character, I really liked her name. It’s very feminine.
9. Schuyler from Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz- It’s pronounced Skyler. This is a name I’ve always loved. I also really enjoy the different way of spelling the name.
10. Dimitri from The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- I’m not sure if I’ll ever actually name my son Dimitri, but it’s absolutely going to be on the list.

We’d love to hear what kind of bookish names you would give to your own future children (or might have already given). Let us know what you think in the comment box.
-Antonia and Amanda

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Rewind

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week we post our Top Ten for the weeks topic. This week’s is to pick a topic we missed or wanted to revisit. I chose to do my Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes. Antonia chose a different topic, but also liked this one so her top ten is here along with mine. Enjoy!

Amanda’s Top Ten:

1 – “True love will triumph in the end – which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, it is the most beautiful lie we have.” –John Green, Looking for Alaska. This is one of my absolute favorite John Green quotes and there was no way I would leave it out.

2 – “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” –John Green, Looking for Alaska. Basically my life.

3 – “I’m in love and I like how that feels. And I hate how that feels. Because love is an invention of fiction writers” –Ellen Hopkins, Identical.

4 – “One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” –Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. There has never been a more accurate quote.

5 – “Everyone has choices to make; no one had the right to take those choices away from us. Not even out of love.” –Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes.

6 – “You have slipped under my skin, invaded my blood, and seized my heart. You have poisoned me.” –Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study. If you’ve read the book you know why I love this quote.

7 – “Anyone else feel like that? Like your life’s a big act. Like you’re trying to be a man when you’re just a scared kid, trying to keep under control when you really want to scream, cry, or maybe hit someone. Ever feel like you’re breathing underwater and you have to stop because you’re gulping in too much fluid.” –Alex Flinn, Breathing Underwater.

8 – “I wasn’t dating anyone. I was fornicating with Batman.” –Janet Evanovich, Hard Eight. oh Ranger, I love you so much.

9 – “It’s fucking hard to be classy.” –Janet Evanovich, One for the Money. The perfect quote to describe myself and Antonia here at Classy as Fuck Book Reviews.

10 – “People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.” –Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue.

Antonia’s Top Ten:

1) “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be, and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. I don’t think I need to explain any of my Wuthering Heights quotes. They just stuck with me years after finishing the book. I don’t usually remember quotes from books, but these wouldn’t leave me alone.

2) “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte.

3) “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte.

4) “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. *Swoon* Enough said.

5) “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take.” Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien. I adore Tolkien and every word he wrote in these books.

6) “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien. This quote just always gave me this nice, happy feeling.

7) “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Inkheart, Cornelia Funke. Books are the love of my life. I don’t need to explain book quotes to you guys, do I?

8) “Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.” Inkheart, Cornelia Funke.

9) “If you would change a thing, first understand why it exists.” Outstretched Shadow, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I’m not sure why. I just really love this quote.

10) “And infatuated be damned. He was near to being blinded by his attraction to her. He was in love, damn it all. He disliked her, he resented her, he disapproved of almost everything about her, yet he was head over ears in love with her, like a foolish schoolboy. He wondered grimly what he was going to do about it. He was not amused. Or in any way pleased.” Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh. I love Wulfric. He’s fantastic and tries so hard not to love Christine. He reminds me a lot of Mr. Darcy which might be the entire reason I love him.

These are mine, but I love hearing new quotes so don’t be afraid to share your favorites too!

-Antonia.