In a surprising turn of events, I found myself with enough time to start another post today. Hopefully, this will mean I’ll be able to post at least twice this week. Small victories (I am celebrating them). For this post, I am participating in Top 10 Tuesday’s prompt for this week, which is the top 10 best character names I have encountered so far.
10. All the Peeps in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
I honestly find Chaol’s name to be a perfect representation of his reserved and withdrawn nature. He is straight up like kale. I like him. Celaena’s name is also rather fetching. Dorian. Manon. I just love all their names. They just suit them perfectly. And, for some reason, I never felt like they were made up names. They feel real.
9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins
All I remember about this book is that: a) Lola is very quirky, b) she has gay dads, and c) her love interest is a boy named Cricket. His name, unlike Maas’ characters, did draw my attention. However, it soon acted as part of his charm. I remember him because of his strange name and because he was such a sweet character. Actually, the more I think about it, both of their names are delightful. Lola and Cricket.
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I know. You probably saw this coming. Karou’s name is like candy to me. It sounds so out-of-this-world cute, unique, and almost fairy-like. I love her name.
7. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente
Briefly, I had glanced at the first few pages of this book. One thing became abundantly clear: the main character is a curious and sassy kind of gal. I still have to read it to learn more, but, get this, the main character’s name is SEPTEMBER! It’s such a unique yet tangible name.
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
You are probably expecting this book to be on the list, I know. It’s not just Blue’s name that is precious. In fact, I adore all her family’s names. Persephone. Calla, Maura, Neeve. Besides, all the nicknames the Raven Boys give her are hilarious.
5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
I read this book once and I am in need of a reread (and to continue with the trilogy), but I remember one of the characters giving Sophie a hard time about her name?
Here’s the quote, “Let’s see . . . brown hair, freckles, whole girl-next-door vibe going on . . . Allie? Lacie? Definitely something cutesy ending in ie.”
Oh, here is a bonus. “So if you can heal with your touch, why are you working here as like, Hagrid, or whatever?”
*Wipes tears* Oh, Sophie. I don’t know if I love you more because Archer made fun of your name, or because you are hilarious.
I want to finish this book and get the rest of the series because it is so good.
4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Baz has the most perfect name that ever existed in all of fiction. This could be a very biased statement, but let me tell you something: I read Carry On years ago and I STILL love Baz more than so many other characters. I guess Simon is cool, too. I am fond of the girls’ names as well. Agatha sounds like an old lady name, and it is just perfect for this story set in a reserved magical world. Penelope’s name is also pure love.
3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
All I want to protect in this world is my monster, August. He is pure and his name is so ordinary but it just suits him so well. My violin-player.
For the top two spots, I have yet to find books with awesome names, so I am reserving them for now.
What are your favorite character names? How do you find a name cute? Are you into quirky names? Traditional ones? Please share in the comments!