Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week, the topic is “Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read the Book” but I have a similar post coming up, so I decided to switch it up a book. Last week I talked about some unique character names I’ve seen in books. So today I thought I would talk about some of my favorite names for characters that make me want to read the book solely based on the name of the character. Again I’m focusing on romance, because it’s my favorite! 🙂
In no particular order . . .
Sooo, my name is Quinn. And when I was younger it was super uncommon. Not that it is common now, but it’s a bit more popular (thanks Glee, Daria and Scandal), so I see it more in novels. Whenever a character it named Quinn, I instantly have to look more into that book. What’s funny is that often a man is named Quinn (because it’s a gender neutral name), which can actually be a bit confusing for me. Here are some examples: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid (male Quinn), Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley (female Quinn), Sworn to Protect by Katie Reus (male Quinn)
I just love this name. It’s so pretty. Examples: Emma by Jane Austen, Splendid by Julia Quinn.
Honestly, my love for this name comes solely from my love of Penelope Featherington from Romancing Mister Bridgerton. No one has ever quite lived up to Penelope, though.
Rosalie is one of my all time favorite girl names. If I ever have a daughter, she will probably be names Rosalie. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a book with the heroine named this, but if I came across one, I would be all over that! But I have read books with similar character names like Now That I’ve Found You by Bella Andre (Rosa), Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan (Rose)
Hello Elizabeth Bennet! You have made me love this name forever. Examples: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
I love both these names so much! Examples: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (Harry), And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle (Henry)
One of my all time favorite names. It’s a contender for a possible baby boy name for me. Examples: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, Saving Grace by Julie Garwood, Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl
This is also a major contendor for baby boy names for my future children. I just don’t love the nickname Jim o Jimmy. Examples: Dearest Rogue, How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn, Present Danger by Susan Andersen
I know these names are very popular, but I love them anyway. They are so feminine, and so pretty sounding. Examples:
Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn, Mad About the Major by Elizabeth Boyle, Danger Next Door by Katie Reus, Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I love this name so much that I actually named one of my dogs it. Examples: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle.
It’s such a masculine, no nonsense name. Perfect for a hero, in my opinion, although my mother always says it makes her think of the toilet. Examples: Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis, Something About You by Julie James, Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn
There is something pretty swoony about this name, right? Examples: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
What are some of your favorite character names?