Top Ten Characters I'd Want at My Lunch Table

Hey y’all!It’s Grace, here to do Top Ten Tuesday. For those of y’all who have never seen it before, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. They release a prompt and bloggers round up ten books or points that they feel best exemplifies that prompt. It’s a great way to get some excellent book recs!This week’s prompt? Top Ten Characters I’d Want at My Lunch Table.As I’ve just started school, the lunch table is a concept that’s been pretty important to me. There’s a point in the year when lunch tables are practically concrete, when you have an established table and people all sit with the same people. There are plenty of book characters who I would love to host for the day at my lunch table, to talk with or joke with or whatever strikes our fancy. There are some characters whose personalities leap off the page and that’s so appealing to me; I love talking to interesting people and passionate people. So without further ado, here are the top characters I’d love to have lunch with:

 James from Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads

James remains one of my favorite characters of all time. There will never be a point when I don’t pick James for every character thing, every list like this. He’s funny and engaging, musical and passionate in that personified-longings way that Maggie Stiefvater is so talented at creating with her characters. He writes all over his hands, cracks jokes, plays the bagpipes with a poetic grace that's absolutely unparalleled. He's my favorite and he'd likely be the boy controlling the attention of the lunch table. Bonus: this is the perfect fall book.

 Ezra from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider | Goodreads

Ezra sounds absolutely fantastic, the golden boy who’s polite but with just enough interest to keep me fascinated by the conversation. He sounds like a guy who would make the best sort of friend. From his tennis to his accident to his debate team interest, he's great as a character. He'd contribute to the conversation, but mostly laze back and watch.

Sophie from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | Goodreads

She is one of the funniest people I've read about. From her instant ability to crack a joke to her playful love of being a witch, she's such a joy to reread. I reread the Hex Hall series every year at Halloween because it's the perfect paranormal for the season and I can't get enough of Sophie. She'd be the one keeping the boys entertained. She and James would get along fabulously.

Cammie from I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter | Goodreads

This series is one that has endless impact on me - the flawless pacing, entertaining lists scattered throughout, and undeniable tension kept me riveted throughout the entire series. I'm so upset this one is over. Cammie would be the one who wouldn't say a word - you'd completely forget she was there - and then you'd talk to her later and be shocked because she picked up everything.

Mia from If I Stay by Gayle Forman | Goodreads

I've showered If I Stay with a lot of attention recently, mostly due to the movie coming out. Mia's a pretty great individual - like I said, I have so much respect for protagonists, girls especially, with passions. Her entire adoration for her cello coupled with her love for her family make her into a really balanced person and one I would like to have been friends with. She'd probably be in her own little world, or chatting with Cammie.

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | Goodreads

Karou is this mystery of a person, this absolute marvel. From her insane blue hair to her wild adventures to her languages and accents, I would love to just be able to have a conversation with her. She'd probably spend the entire time drawing us as mythical creatures, or taking pictures or something equally artistic. It'd be so undeniably fascinating.

Peter from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Goodreads

Peter is absolutely awesome. He plays lacrosse (always a win), is a jokester, but has this family side and a sweetness that wins me over. He's perfectly fine with just relaxing at home with Lara Jean but cares just enough to want to go to parties and be seen. He sounds pretty relatable, the type of guy I might run into at school, but just enough fiction to make me wish that he'd actually sit at my lunch table. He'd probably be observing with a ridiculous smile, making fun of us and telling us about his escapades. It'd be an interesting scenario.

Sam from All-American Girl by Meg Cabot | Goodreads

Sam is a freaking rockstar. I adore Sam. I used to check out All-American Girl from my middle school library every single time I went until I finally bought my own copy (now worn and battered beyond all means). She's funny, a little punk, with her artistic knowledge and a bit of political input that means we could actually hold an intelligent conversation.

Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads

Continuing with the political interest, Gansey is the poised candidate's-son character, the type who'll grow up to be a hugely successful businessman. From his insomnia to his fevered search for a fabled king, he'd have the most outlandish stories and some truly engrossing conversations. I could talk with Gansey for hours.

Lemon from Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia | Goodreads

Lemon's narration is one that I still remember - soft, vivid, encompassing. To see such a vibrant character in real life would be such a treat. She's thoughtful but still entertaining, sweet with an underlying poignancy to her personality.

Rowan from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | Goodreads

With his backpacking know-how and interesting experiences, I bet Rowan would be such a fun person to have at a lunch table. He could tell us about Guatemala and always have the weirdest fruits and foods. I want to travel and whenever I run into girls who have lived in Germany or Prague or wherever, I love talking to them about their experiences.

 Best lunch table ever! Who would y'all have?