My favourite characters in Lockdown

I saw this idea on the orangutan librarian’s post and it made me laugh and think about what my favourites would be doing right now if they had to stay at home.

Brienne of Tarth (ASOIAF) – Brienne would hate it, she is a practical person, she likes being able to help and she’s more comfortable outdoors, camping or exploring. I think Brienne would try to voluteer to help wherever she could. She would also come up with a home workout routine to keep herself in knightly shape.

Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games) – I think Peeta would enjoy the time to himself, he could do lots of art and baking. Katniss on the other hand would hate not being able to go out when she pleased. Only one hour of outdoor exercise a day would get on her nerves.

Cersei Lannister (ASOIAF) – Cersei would hate the lack of control that she has over the situation. Although she doesn’t mind staying in the Red Keep most of the time, I feel like the lack of choice would start to wind her up. Let’s face it she’d be drinking wine all the time because of the boredom.

Harry, Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter) – Hermione wouldn’t mind being indoors all the time, she could catch up on her reading and spend the time studying. Ron would probably not enjoy being stuck at home with all his siblings for three months! Luckily though they have a nice garden and lots of space around them so they’re not stuck indoors. Harry would hate not being able to help or do anything, although he would prbably stay with the Weasley’s so that would make it more enjoyable for him.

What would some of your favourites be doing during lockdown?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Couples/Ships

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic by thatartsyreadergirl is a Love Freebie so I chose to share my favourite literary couples. Most of my picks are couples but some aren’t canon (yet!). I detest Valentines Day and everything it stands for but I like talking about my favourite ships so here we are!

1. Braime – Brienne of Tarth & Jaime Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire


These two are so in love, they just don’t know it yet. They start out hating each other, Jaime is Brienne’s prisoner but she has been tasked with taking him safely home. Unfortunately they encounter horrible people along the way, they go through hell together and at the end they have genuine respect for one another. In the fourth book of the series they are apart, but not a chapter of their’s goes by without them thinking of the other. Brienne almost lets herself be executed to save Jaime’s life, Jaime risks everything to protect Brienne and ends up having his right hand chopped off. It’s a classic enemies to friends to lovers relationship, we’re just missing the last part!

“I dreamed of you.” – Jaime on why he went back to save Brienne from Harrenhal.

“In this light she could almost be a beauty, in this light she could almost be a knight.” – Jaime’s thoughts about Brienne.

“She went to sleep dreaming of the fight they’d had, and of Ser Jaime fastening a rainbow cloak around her shoulders.” – Brienne dreaming whilst on her travels to find Sansa.

2. Claire and Jamie Fraser, Outlander

Claire and Jamie

I could not be more in love with these two, they’re so adorable! Their love stretches across time, they meet when Claire is on her honeymoon in Scotland in the 1940s and comes across a magical portal which takes her back in time to 1743. Through the choas of the time they find each other. They love each other so much and I just want them to be happy together but everything keeps getting in the way.

“Does it ever stop? The wanting you? Even when I’ve just left ye. I want you so much my chest feels tight and my fingers ache with wanting to touch ye again.” – Jamie

“I will find you,’ he whispered in my ear. ‘I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you – then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.'” – Jamie

“To be with Jamie was bliss, adventure and absorbtion.” – Claire

3. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth and Darcy

My favourite classics couple, I love angst and these two have it in bucket loads. They remind me of Brienne and Jaime in that they don’t realise for ages how much they care about the other person. They meet when Darcy is still arrogant and broody and Elizabeth puts him in his place. Darcy actually realises he was in the wrong and tries to change his behaviour for the better.

“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.” – Mr Darcy

“They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects.” – The moment after Elizabeth finally admits her feelings for Darcy.

4. Minuette Wyatt and Dominic Courtenay, The Boleyn Trilogy

Minuette and Dominic

The Boleyn King is the beginning of a series in which history is changed and Anne Boleyn gave Henry VIII the son he wanted. Minuette and Dominic are childhood friends of Princess Elizabeth and Prince William. Their relationship is friendship for the most part until something sparks between them. Unfortunately the future king also has romantic feelings for Minuette and if they betray William and tell him of their feelings it could put their lives at risk. But through all the fear and stress of living in a Tudor court, their love sustains.

5. Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley, Harry Potter

Bill and Fleur

I love these two because everyone doubts them and their love for each other but that’s because they’re incredibly shallow and projected that onto Fleur assuming she was too. Bill and Fleur met at Gringotts Bank where they both worked, Bill has always been a complete individual, and I think Fleur liked that about him. They got married while their world was on the brink of war and fought together to protect their families.

“You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per’aps, you ‘oped?’ said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. “What do I care how ‘e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!” – Fleur after Bill was injured by a Death Eater and Molly assumes she doesn’t want to be with Bill anymore.

“While her radiance usually dimmed everyone else by comparison, today it beautified everybody it fell upon. And once Fleur had reached him, Bill did not look as though he had ever met Fenrir Greyback.” – Bill and Fleur’s wedding

6. Katniss and Peeta, The Hunger Games

Katniss and Peeta

My babies! They break my heart! I started shipping them in Catching Fire, the trauma they went through connected them and they were able to comfort and support each other. When they are separated in the last book, it was horrible and Katniss managed to break through Peeta’s conditioning and connect with him again. Their book at the end of the series is one of my favourite things, together they write about their lost friends and tell the stories to their children.

To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed. – Katniss

“Peeta and I grow back together. There are still moments when he clutches the back of a chair and hangs on until the flashbacks are over. I wake screaming from nightmares of mutts and lost children. But his arms are there to comfort me. And eventually his lips.”

7. Cersei Lannister and Rhaegar Targaryen, A Song of Ice and Fire

Cersei and Rhaegar

A slightly out-there ship as we never see them together in the series. It’s more a pre-asoiaf ship. When Cersei was a child Tywin tried to arrange a marriage for Cersei and Prince Rhaegar but Aerys deemed the match unacceptable. I think Rhaegar would have been a far better match for Cersei than Robert ever was, we know that he was kind, creative and melancholic. If it had come to war for the Targaryens against the North and Stormlands then with the help of the Lannisters they would have won. More than that I think Cersei would have been much happier and really that’s all I care about!

“However bright a torch might burn, it could never match the rising sun. – Kevan Lannister wondering what would have happened if Cersei had married Rhaegar.

“Had any man ever been so beautiful? He was more than a man, though. His blood was the blood of old Valyria, the blood of dragons and gods.” – Cersei remembering Rhaegar

8. Lucette Courtenay and Julian Le Clerc, The Virgin’s Daughter

Lucie and Julian

Lucie is the daughter of Minuette and Dominic who I spoke about earlier. Her and her siblings have grown up close to court and Elizabeth’s daughter Annabel. Lucie wants to escape and is tasked with spying on a dangerous French Catholic movement. She stays with the Le Clerc’s who have ties to her parents and both the brothers are suspects. But Lucie doesn’t know that Julian is also working for the English. At first they don’t like each other, but as they start to work together they realise their attraction and affection for each other.

I want to be undone by you. I want to be the one to come to pieces in your arms, to forget there is anything in this world but the two of us.”

9. Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, Harry Potter

Hermione and Harry

Possibly controversial but I thought these two would end up together. Ron and Hermione used to argue constantly but Harry and Hermione cared for each other and supported each other always. I have nothing against Ron, I just didn’t get it!

Hermione turned around and beamed at Harry; her eyes too were full of tears.” – When Fleur and Bill are saying their vows Hermione turns to look at Harry.

“Hermione raised her wand, moved it in a circle through the air, and a wreath of Christmas roses  blossomed before them. Harry caught it and laid it on his parent’s grave. He put his arm around Hermione’s shoulders, and she put hers around his waist, they turned in silence and walked away through the snow, past Dumbledore’s mother and sister, back toward the dark church and the out-of-sight kissing gate.” – Hermione knows what Harry is thinking before he even mentions flowers, this is one of the most emotional and beautiful scenes in the books.

10. Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth, Persuasion

Anne and Frederick

Another classics couple with angst! At the beginning of the book Anne hear’s Frederick’s name for the first time in years. She rejected his proposal some time ago and has come to regret it, they meet again when Frederick rents her family home and the sparks are still there. Like I said earlier, I love angst and because Frederick is still upset there is a lot of it.

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.” – Captain Frederick Wentworth

Top Ten Tuesday – Book characters I want to be best friends with

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic by thatartsyreadergirl is ten characters I’d want to be best friends with. I put a lot of thought into all of these, I’m quite a quiet person and don’t make friends very easily but I’ve always connected easier with characters, they’re never going to reject you and (hopefully) won’t let you down. Here are my would be besties:

1. Luna LovegoodLuna Lovegood HP5 1319 (edit)

Luna is such a gem, she’s quirky, intelligent and lovely and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her. The fact that she’s bullied at Hogwarts makes me so angry, I want to be her bestie because she’s a devoted friend but also to protect her from all the horrible people who can’t handle people being different. I wish I was more like Luna tbh, I’m getting to the not caring stage but it takes a while.


8x02 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 923 (edit)2. Brienne of Tarth

This woman is everything! Brienne is a fierce warrior with a heart of pure gold. Her innocence, vulnerability and fierce belief in the good in people are what drew me to her. Even though Brienne is perfectly capable of looking after herself, I’m a very protective person so my instinct as her best friend would be to destroy anyone who has ever bullied her (even you Jaime). She’s always been ridiculed and shunned for her height, her looks and her desire to be a knight. And I will fight them all!!!

3x04 And Now His Watch Is Ended 936 (edit)3. Cersei Lannister

Definitely my problematic fave of this group. I adore this woman, I don’t care that she’s kind of a bitch, she’s had a really crappy time in her life. She had to be married to the repulsive Robert Baratheon for goodness sake, that’s enough to drive a saint to want to murder everyone. And actually I don’t think Cersei has murdered anyone so really she’s doing great. Again I want to protect her from the events in ASOIAF and all the people who treat her like crap and Cersei doesn’t seem to have any friends, maybe because of her spiky personality but I would be her best (and only) friend!


Eliza Makepeace - Red hair4. Eliza Makepeace

Eliza is another lonely soul, she lost her mother and brother when she was young and then had to move in with her unpleasant aunt and uncle. She did find a companion in her cousin though. Eliza loves to explore and tell stories. She writes a whole book of fairytales which she was able to get published. I would love to be her friend, she’s a caring and devoted friend herself, full of imagination and fun ideas. Her cousin betrays and rejects her, Eliza was a surrogate mother for her dearest friend and then she was shunned by the family as they feared she would grow too attached to the child, I would not stand for that!

5. Fred and George Weasley

Fred and George Weasley HP4

These two are hilarious all the time! They would make great friends just for the entertainment factor. And they stand by their family and friends in important times, they defend what’s right but in their own funny way, like when they kept pranking Umbridge and then left school to set up their own joke shop. They then used the shop to help people during the Wizarding War by creating products to shield and protect their fellow witches and wizards. Also they’re treated as a disappointment by their mother (I’m not a Molly Weasley fan) and like Ron they have to live in the shadows of their older brothers’ success at school.

6. Eponine

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This girl makes me want to cry! She has a tough life with her scheming criminal parents, living in poverty in the middle of Paris. But she’s a dreamer like me and I love that she takes up arms with the men when they rebel against the French aristocracy. She’s a very strong person and someone I definitely want on my side.

2x04 Garden of Bones 1199 (edit 2)7. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion is a bit of a mess, but who can blame him, he’s been sneered at and bullied all his life. Not just by outsiders but by most of his own family. Yet his sense of humour and wit never fail him. This man breaks my heart, I cry at most of his chapters but he still makes me laugh as well. I just want to hug him tight! It might be slightly awkward to be besties with both Cersei and Tyrion but I’ll take the risk!

8. Lyanna Stark

Lyanna Stark

Lyanna doesn’t have a POV chapter in the ASOIAF books and by the time the books take place she has been dead for about fifteen years, so all that we know of her is from others. Lyanna was fierce, adventurous and fun. She was stubborn and like Brienne didn’t care about gender roles, she wanted to horse ride and fight like her brothers. But in the last months of her life she was left alone, pregnant and scared. She was only young and I just want to be there for her in that time and I’m no midwife but maybe if someone had helped her she might not have died! I’m not bitter about it at all…

Image result for the famous five9. The Famous Five

As a child I always wanted to be part of the Famous Five’s adventures, me and my sisters used to pretend to be them. They’re a great bunch, they solve mysteries and crimes, go exploring on their own and have a whole island to themselves in the summer holidays, who wouldn’t want to be friends with them?!



Related image10. Winnie the Pooh

Okay so I was clutching at straws here slightly but I used to love Winnie the Pooh, he was my favourite, along with Eeyore. He’s so cuddly and cheerful and is a great friend to Christopher Robin.



There’s my list…who would be your fictional best friends?

Quotes of the Week

It’s been very gloomy weather this week and the clock change was horrible but I started reading The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley this week and I can barely put it down!

“I don’t think you know many girls like her.” – Brienne of Tarth, Game of Thrones 6×08 No One

Brienne is talking about Sansa, Jaime presumed that Sansa wouldn’t have survived when she ran from the capital. But Brienne shuts him down, Sansa found her inner strength long before she had to flee. You know nothing Jaime.

“In moments of weakness, you will find your greatest strength.” – The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

A lovely quote to remember in times of distress.

“Tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.” – Arya Stark, Game of Thrones 7×01 Dragonstone

So badass, Arya is my hero in this moment, revenge is sweet!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Quotes of the Week

Hope your weekend is going well so far, here are my favourite quotes I heard or read this week:

“There are many endings and the one you choose is the right one.” Jennifer Goines, 12 Monkeys 2×11

I just love this, we always have a choice and whatever we chose will be right for us at the time. The show has a lot of time travel in it and Jennifer is talking to her younger self when she says this. She then tells her younger self that she loves her which was so beautiful, I cried a lot!

“Nothing is more hateful than failing to protect the one you love.” Brienne of Tarth, Game of Thrones 5×03, High Sparrow

Oh Brienne, my dearest! This breaks my heart and it’s so true.

Top Five Tuesday – Gryffindor

My first Top Five Tuesday, the promts are created by Bionic Book Worm. This month’s promts are all Harry Potter themed which makes me so happy!

This week is all about Gryffindor, my house, I’ve picked my top five book characters who I think are Gryffindors.

1. Brienne of Tarth (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne will always be my number one but it’s her sense of justice, honour and bravery that make her a Gryffindor. She stands up to all the bullies in her life and she has forged her own path. She never felt right in dresses and wanted to learn to fight which her father, thankfully, let her do. She is a badass knight but she isn’t cold or unfeeling, she cares deeply about those she serves and protects. I completely adore her and would fight to the death for her.

2. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series)

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is a beacon of hope for her entire nation, she’s a natural but reluctant leader. She’s fiercely protective of her loved ones but struggles to open up to them. She’d make a great Gryffindor, she stands up to her oppressors even when she could loose everything. I am so proud of everything she did and how she coped through it all.

3. Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials)

Lyra Belacqua

When Lyra was growing up in Oxford she would go off exploring, climbing onto the roof of the University and playing with her friends at the docks. She’s fierce and brave and once again stood up for others and fought against the people who were doing unthinkable things to other children, taking away the daemons (a part of their soul who manifests in an animal companion). She’s very independent but cares a lot about her friends and will always look out for them.

4. Jon Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Jon Snow

Another natural leader, Jon sticks up for his friends, especially Sam who was being bullied. He sees the true enemy, not the Wildlings who have always lived beyond the wall in the bitter cold, but the ice zombie warriors coming to kill them all. He saves hundreds of lives, which didn’t make him popular with the Nights Watch but he knew it was right and he stuck to his guns. Jon is a brilliant fighter but he also has a big heart, filled with his family and friends. Gryffindor would be lucky to have him.

5. Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games series)

Gale Hawthorne

Gale is adventurous and rebellious, not just for fighting against the capital, he also used to hunt illegally with Katniss in the forests near their home. He’s protective over his family and Katniss’ he’s brave and loyal. I would trust him with my life!

I tried not to be too predictable with this but I was struggling to think of more. I’m happy with my choices, they’re all characters I have great love and respect for. Let me know what you think…anyone that you think could be a Gryffindor?