Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

I saw that this was the prompt for this week and I HAD TO DO IT. One thing I noticed while putting together this list is that often the best names in books, from a functional standpoint, are the most simple; a long, beautiful name can be distracting and/or hard to pronounce. But on the other hand, those long beautiful names can be so fun!

Here are my top 10 favorite character names (from books):


  1. Misty of Chincoteague. As a kid one of the first proper names I ran to figure out how to pronounce was Chincoteague. I still love saying it and reading it. Plus, the horse is called Misty. This just a genius combination and I don’t care if you disagree, you are wrong.
  2. Betsy-Tacy. Besty and Tacy are such epic BFFs that they go by a single name, and I love it.
  3. Rodian Romanovitch Raskolnikov. I mean, if you’re going to have a moral breakdown and murder an old lady with an ax, you might as well have as epic a name as possible.
  4.  Kamala Khan. It really rolls off the tongue and can sound both cute and badass (which is impressive, just like Kamala).
  5. Fai D. Flowright. It’s ridiculous and flowery, just like Fai. But appearances can be deceiving!
  6. Tristen Conn. Elizabeth Bear is the one of the best at beautiful and usable character names.
  7. Jane Fairfax. I love all Jane Austen names equally but Jane Fairfax is my favorite.
  8. Atomic Robo. I sometimes enjoy names that teach you about the character’s key physical traits. Plus Atomic Robo is simply fun to say.
  9. Newland Archer. Nobody does illustrative names like 19th century authors. Edith Wharton’s are more fun than, say, Thomas Hardy’s or Henry James.
  10. Winnie-the-Pooh. There is no reason on God’s green earth that a name like “Winnie-the-Pooh” should work, and yet it does.


Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. What are your top 10 book character names?


Bout of Books: Mini-Challenges

Thursday: Acrostic Poem! Here’s mine:

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Talking heads
Hate-filled gossip
Enveloping everyone.

All over New York
Going round and round, this society
Enveloping the young.

Inevitable attraction
Newland Archer and
New arrival, old friend:
Outsider Olenska;
Cannot consummate but
Entwining lives all the same
Never quite brave enough;
Consuming words of expectation
Enveloping everyone.


Saturday: Genre Book Spine Poetry!

I chose “adult fantasy” as my genre.

Here’s my photo, followed by poem (7 books, 4 extra words used):

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The Fall of the Kings in

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

made A Feast For Crows;

Shadows Return,

the Paladin of Souls

is Hounded

by All the Windwracked Stars.