Hey, I’m Jess from Bookends and Endings, and today I’m going to be guest post-ing on Bex’s. As a book blogger but also general book lover, I find myself giving lots of book recommendations, both online and to friends and family in real life. Characters, while unfortunately fictional, can often feel like real people, and so something fun to do is to imagine what books you would recommend to them if you could give them a book.
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter world is everyone’s favourite bookworm, but she’s also very plucky, masterminding many of the Golden Trio’s endeavours, and using her vast array of knowledge for good use when fighting evil. I would recommend to her The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a novel exploring a future dystopian world in which women have been entirely stripped of their rights and identity. It’s a fascinating vision of what could happen to the world, and seeing as Hermione would obviously be a feminist, I think that, following the defeat of Voldemort, she could use this to help fuel her into fighting the patriarchy instead.
Madeleine Whittier from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a committed bookworm, as she is confined to her house, and thus spends a lot of her free time reading. In fact, throughout the book, there are lots of mini reviews about books she has read, which is a really nice addition to the book, and it’s fun to read about. Because she loves books and wants to adventure, but there are problems with her doing so, I would recommend Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. The book centre around Delilah, a real girl, and Oliver, a fictional character that somehow Delilah can speak to – and who she is determined to break out of the book. The themes of books and breaking
boundaries are ones I think would definitely appeal to Maddy.
In the third instalment of the Spinster Club series, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, one of the protagonists, Lottie starts an online feminism campaign to call out sexism in her life. Seeing as she is a passionate feminist, I think she would really enjoy The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart. Over the book, Frankie manages to show exactly how clever and cunning she is, and how she was underestimated because of her gender, and the message of girl power is something I think Lottie would love.
Finally, I think that, while I could recommend Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence to pretty much anyone, I especially think that I would like to recommend it to Solomon Reed from Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley. Over the course of the book, Solomon ends up telling his friends about his sexuality, and I think that Radio Silence explores the theme of sexuality in a way which could be really encouraging for someone who is thinking about coming out.
Those were the books I would recommend to fictional characters! What would your suggestions be? Thank you for reading, and thank you to Bex for having me on her blog.