Is there anything better than meeting someone in a book who reminds you so much of yourself? It provides a completely different level of immersion for me. It’s like…finding yourself in a book. And what could be more delightful than that? Here are ten of my very very best BookTwins™ along with a quote. Just a little extra proof for ya.
1. Francie Nolan – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Proof: “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
2. Jo March – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Proof: “Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.”
3. Cassandra Mortmain – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Proof: “When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it – or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don’t suppose many people try to do it.”
4. Margaret Lea – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Proof: “All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”
5. Daniel Sempere – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Proof: “Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”
6. Emma Bovary – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Proof: “What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright…Haven’t you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you’ve had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?”
7. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Proof: “Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course.”
8. Matilda Wormwood – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Proof: The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.
9. Tyrion Lannister – The Songs of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
Proof: “My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
10. Alaska Young – Looking for Alaska by John Green
Proof: “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
How about you? Do you have any BookTwins™?
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