Top 10 In 2011: Characters + Jobs

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I've joined in the Top 10 of 2011 meme, hosted by Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and Rachel from Fiktshun. It will be a week-long event, with a different topic each day.

Today's topic is:

Top 6 Characters + Top 5 Jobs of 2011
I'm cheating a little, because I wanted to write a post about the top 10 character jobs I encountered in 2011, but couldn't fit it in my schedule. So I'm throwing it in with the top characters of 2011. I do what I want. ;)


From my review: "He's rough and has a "lone ranger" vibe going on (think of a teenager mix of Rhett Butler and Clint Eastwood--pick any western) . . . Jack isn't the doting, cater-to-your-every-need type of boy. Saba isn't a damsel in distress, and he doesn't treat her like one. He doesn't hesitate to let Saba know when she's being rude, or has gone too far. And while he's doing that he somehow gets her to see inside herself, and actually empowers her to continue being strong and brave. THAT is the kind of guy I want to read about!"
Also: the moment I thought of him, I realized that he should have been on my book boyfriends list I did yesterday!  He's basically the YA equivalent of the Marlboro Man.

From my review: ". . . she is resourceful and daring. In order to survive, she learned to pick pockets and quickly became one of the best. Though she has lost her own family, she loves her group of orphans just as much, and struggles through every day to help take care of them. She doesn't always make the best choices, but she tries to make up for her mistakes."

From my review: "Cas is an awesome main character. His job is cool and he's traveled his whole life, so he knows a lot of stuff and just doesn't care about anything but killing ghosts. He doesn't need friends or other people's help. He's developed a system for killing ghosts, and dealing with actual people, that works for him. So it surprises him when the system begins to fail, and he finds himself in need of help. He's perceptive and his thoughts about each situation he is in are full of candor and unintentional humor."
From my review: "The characters were interesting, especially Trella, who was a strong heroine . . . Throughout the story she shows herself to be physically and mentally strong, cunning, and best of all, brave."

From my review: "I fell in love with Narnie after reading her first words . . . ."
I'll also add that I have never encountered such a heartbreakingly honest character. (And yes, I know that's not a word. I do what I want.) :)

1. Rose - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rose is just plain awesome. Hands down. She is the only character to ever rival Katniss (gasp!) and Scarlett O'Hara (double gasp!) in my book. I love the way she can't hold back; how she just has to stand up for what she believes to be right, even if it means her whole life will go down the drain because of it. I admire that. I love her attitude. And the fact that she is nothing but loyal to her friends. I am SO glad I got to meet her character this year!
From my review: "Rose is a strong-willed, kick-butt heroine who has a mind of her own. What I really like about her is that she knows when to fight . . . and she also knows when to get help."

Honorable Mention:
Ed - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley


5. Ghost Hunter
Cas, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Despite being one of the biggest scaredy cat you'll ever come across, I think this job (as it is defined in this book) is actually pretty cool. He travels the continent, searching rumors and legends, to find the ones that are truth...and then he gets rid of them.

4. Sailboat Tours
Finn, Stay by Deb Caletti
I just think it would be cool to know how to sail, but Finn takes it a step further by offering tours. It would be fun to to be the one to show people all the best spots, and to take them places they've never been before.

3. {Killer} Horse Trainer
Sean, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I love horses already, but Sean sure does make training murderous water horses look mighty cool. If I could learn to do break them in without being eaten, I would love to feel the way Sean does when he's around the water horses.

2. Glass Blower
Lucy, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
So cool. So original. I couldn't believe what I was reading when Lucy talked about her job. How unique! And the way she described blowing glass, and the way it changes, and how fragile it is, well--get me some lessons, stat!

1. Historical Reenactment
Chelsea, Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Maybe if I grew up doing it my entire life like the MC did, I might get tired of it as well. But I can't deny that after reading this book, I was ready to pack up and move to a state that has historical reenactment villages, just so I could experience it for myself. You simply must read the book to get to full effect, but I loved hearing about it all. The jokes, the seriousness, the community.... *sigh* I might be ready to move again.

Honorable Mentions:
Criminal  Mastermind - Kat, Heist Society by Ally Carter
Book reviewer - Katy, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Past topics:


  1. I had never heard of Past Perfect, but it sounds really good. Always glad to find a new book to read!

  2. I could have sworn I've left a comment here already.. Or maybe I've just read this post already? Hmm..

    Anyway, I really love this list and I wish I would have come up with the jobs. I don't know any of the characters except Rose and I definitely loved her!

    All my best,

  3. Awesome list, but feel like an epic failure. I haven't read any if these books. Good news...I'll love them in 2012.

  4. The jobs is a great idea! Cas is an awesome ghost hunter! That is the only job book I have read but clearly Sean is crazy to be a killer horse trainer! A glass blower definitely sounds unique! Rose and Cas are great characters. I have Inside Out, Jellicoe Road, and Blood Red Road on my TBR list.
    My Top 10 Characters of 2011

  5. LOL love your list, especially the jobs! If I could have any job from a book, I'd want to be a graveyard restorer like in The Restorer by Amanda Stevens! Glad Rose topped your list

    The Cait Files

  6. cool looking list
    whish i read these book this yr
    my top characters

  7. Oh I love the idea of a character jobs or roles post. So fun!! I love your answers, and for your fave characters too. I've actually read every single one of these books.

  8. My first job was as a child re-enactor at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth,MA. Because I was representing a pre-teen, I wasn't allowed to talk to the people visiting, but I did get paid to play outside and run through the fields, which was pretty awesome. The second year I worked there, there were no children my age (they arbitrarily pick a year to reenact each season, not always chronological) so I worked behind the scenes ironing the wool costumes. It was not nearly as fun. :)

  9. I love how you did the character jobs! :) YA sure does feature some unusual career paths, haha.

    So sad that I've barely read any of these books! I definitely agree with Rose and Chelsea's job though :) Oh, and also the whole criminal mastermind thing... obviously.

    Great choices! (Off to find out what this whole blackout thing is LOL)


  10. Character jobs--OMG, I so could not have thought of that. :D

    Me loves me some Sean Kendrick! :D

    Great list! :)

  11. Ohh you picked some of the most fierce and awesome characters! Great list you have here!

    Here' s my Top 10 Characters of 2011

    Jay @ We Fancy Books


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