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 Five Tuesday – Male Characters

A new Top Five Tuesday, the prompts are created by Bionic Book Worm. I usually relate way more with female characters and are drawn to them much more but I did manage to find five of my favourite male characters, just about!

1. Harry Potter

Harry Potter

There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”

This adorable human had to be on the list. I still can’t get over how lovely and giving Harry is despite his upbringing. Who taught him to be a good person? Harry goes through so much in his teenage years, he has all the pressure of saving the world on his shoulders and yet he’s not arrogant *cough* like his father *cough* he fights to the very end and sacrifices himself for the greater good even though the man he trusted most essentially set him up to die, Harry does it anyway. Obviously Harry isn’t perfect, but he certainly tries!

2. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

This man! Tyrion is so witty, I love his chapters, most of the time you get to laugh. He’s also incredibly intelligent and resilient, he’s had to be. It breaks my heart how horribly he is treated by his father and sister and by most of Westeros actually. But he still carries on, I just want to give him a hug most of the time because everyone else is so mean.

It all goes back and back. To our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads.”

3. Peeta Mellark

Peeta Mellark

“Our lives are not measured in years, but are measured in the lives of people we touch around us.”

Peeta is such a lovely person, he cares so much about others. He’s charming, kind, determined. I really admire his inner strength, especially when he volunteered to go back into the games so Katniss wouldn’t be alone. They were both traumatised by their first games and their fight with the capital. He was tortured for months, made to hate the person he loves the most but still that love shone through and he was able to break free from that dark place in his mind. I’m just so proud of him.

4. Jaime Lannister

Jaime Lannister

Oh Jaime…he’s definitely the problematic favourite of this group. At the start of ASOIAF, Jaime’s moral compass is non-existent. He’s spent most of his adult life scorned and hated for betraying his vows and killing the Mad King, the King who was about to burn 250,000 people alive in the city of Kings Landing. Thanks to Ned Stark (not a fan) no one found out about the Kings promise to ‘burn them all’ instead everyone sees Jaime as corrupt. However Jaime goes on quite the journey, he looses his sword hand and as he sees it, his worth. But he saves his companion from being slaughtered by a bear, a woman he had scorned from the moment he met her. He’s a complex anti-hero and I love reading his POV chapters.

“And me, that boy I was … when did he die, I wonder? When I donned the white cloak? When I opened Aerys’s throat? That boy had wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but someplace along the way he had become the Smiling Knight instead.”

5. Jackson Brodie

Jackson Brodie

“A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.”

Jackson is a private investigator, he likes his job, it pays well and he mainly just has to follow people around whose spouses think they’re being unfaithful. But he does care about his clients, especially when he has to deal with old missing persons cases or unsolved murders. He’s quite a broody character, he has a daughter who he doesn’t see enough and he’s desperate to go and live in rural France for his retirement. I recently started re-reading his series and I forgot how much I loved them, the fifth book in the series is out this year which I’m very excited for!

There they are, my five favourite male characters! Who are some of yours?

Top Five Tuesday – Hufflepuff

A new Top Five Tuesday, the promts are created by Bionic Book Worm. This month’s promts are all Harry Potter themed and this week it’s Hufflepuff!

I love Hufflepuffs, one of my sisters and my brother both belong to this house, they’re both so caring and kind, they love animals but they’re still fiesty and awesome. I was really excited for this week so here are my top five Hufflepuff characters from other books:

1. Lucy Pevensie – The Chronicles of Narnia

Lucy Pevensie

Lucy is the ultimate Hufflepuff; kind, loving, imaginative, open minded and a badass. She holds on to what she believes in, when she first found Narnia, she never stopped believing it was real and when they all returned to Narnia in Prince Caspian, Lucy was the only one that could see Aslan because she still had faith in him. I adore Lucy, I remember when I read the books when I was younger I always wanted to be more like her because she’s just so lovely!

2. Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games series

Peeta Mellark

My boy! I love him so much! Peeta’s loyalty and devotion to Katniss, his ever present goodness and warmth are what made me think of Hufflepuff for him. He risks his own life for Katniss, not just because he loves her but he knew that the rebellion needed her as it’s leader, not him. He was tortured for months, made to hate the person he loves the most but still that love shone through and he was able to break free from that dark place in his mind. I’m just so proud of him.

3. Frieda Klein – Frieda Klein series

Frieda Klein

When I read through the Hufflepuff traits that Bionic Book Worm put on the original post for this month’s prompts. Frieda popped into my mind. She’s a psychologist and sometimes works with the police to help them solve crimes or interview subjects. She’s incredibly hard working, loyal, but not to those who haven’t earnt it. Frieda has a close circle of friends and family, she would do anything to protect them and she knows they will always have her back. She’s an incredibly tough character, she’s been through a lot in her life but she still works on to help people and make the world a better place. Again, I’d love to be more like her!

4. Maia D’Aliese – The Seven Sisters series

Maia D'Aliese

Maia is the eldest of her sisters, but she’s not the leader of the group, she’s the sister the others go to for quiet and comfort and safety. Although Maia is scared herself, of leaving her home, she’s a translator but up until the first book she had barely left the island she calls home in years. She’s got such a warm soul and when she travels to Rio to find out where she came from we really see her come to life, she’s adventurous, funny but always kind and considerate. She’s also really intelligent, she knows about five languages!

5. Davos Seaworth – A Song of Ice and Fire

Davos Seaworth

Oh Davos…he’s such a lovely man, but he did make a terrible decision by siding with Stannis (I hate him so bloody much). But what I really respect about Davos is how he always stands up to Stannis when he thinks he’s doing wrong, he calls out Melisandre right from the start. Yet he’s blindly loyal, always honest and very hard working. He used to be a pirate until he saved Stannis and his men during Robert’s Rebellion by sneaking through the blockade to provide them with food. After the war he was knighted and has followed his Lord ever since.

Let me know what you think in the comments!