Top Ten Tuesday: Ten book names I absolutely love, and would actually bestow on some poor creature

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c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

Kestrel, Arin 
The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkowski 

I love both of these!  Arin is a cool spelling for a name that's already a name, and Kestrel is pretty and unique sounding without being too out-there.  Like, I'm not gonna name my kid Sage, but I like the bird name. 

The Reader - Traci Chee

I have always been obsessed with this name.  Honestly, this is on my secret list of baby names that may or may not ever get used cause there are some steps first.  But I loved seeing it here attached to such a sweet character.  (And yes, I liked it before the TV show.) 

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater 

I love a good Irish name.  Plus it goes along with such a delightful broody character with a not-so-secret heart of gold, so it'd be a good namesake.   

Court of Fives - Kate Elliott 

Elliott has a lot of cool names in this book, but the one I'd like most for a real creature under my ...naming influence, whatever, is the name of Jessamy's mother.  It's simple and pretty. 

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge 

I'd seen this name before, but I fell in love with the character who owned it here.  It's cute but also fierce, dark, got a nice biting sound to it.  Although, the potential for wordplay could be rather cruel... 

Alina, Nikolai 
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo 

So many cool names in this series, but these are my favorite.  Again, I like my names that are unusual but not outlandish.  Plus I'm a sucker for the Russians.  Maybe I'm swayed a bit by the characters too, where Nikolai is concerned... 
Coraline - Neil Gaiman 

Not sure I'd actually use this, but I really love the sound and flow of the name.  Gaiman really has a knack for flow.  Plus it's cute but also translates well to grown up, and I'd enjoy the little dark joke.  

Alanna, Numair 
Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce 

Tamora has a ton of awesome names, but these are my favorites.  Alanna is just the quintessence of pretty, which is awesome for such a badass warrior woman, and Numair has a very shadowy, sinuous feel to it. 
Luna, Sirius, Draco, Hermione, Ginevra, Albus  
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling 

You knew she'd have to make it.  Rowling has some ridiculous names that can only exist at Hogwarts, but she also came up with some fun ones that would spice up your average Joe.  Or old names that fell to disuse and are back with a bang.  I could name generations just from Rowling. 
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 

Someday I'll at least name a character Alice (god knows I've named enough roleplaying characters after her...) for one of my favorite characters in all of literature.  There's something insidiously charming about these books.  It's basically my entire aesthetic.  But I couldn't name my kid that, because it's too much my alias. 

Your turn!  What bookish names do you love? 

1 comment:

  1. "Mom, why is my name so weird and different?"

    Well at least it's not Rainbow, hahaha.

    I liked the name Alice, but then I met someone with that name, and I can't get them out of my head now. I always try to pick a name that isn't tied with anyone in real life, which I guess is another reason it'll be cool to use book characters!